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‘Unchecked abuse of power going on here’

There were serious intentions on my part to attend the Sept. 14 meeting at the Whiteside County Airport, but family obligations took priority.

I was thankful for the coverage of the meeting in the Gazette the following morning.

The article provided a lot of good information from the meeting, but not really any credible rationale from the Airport Board or from Mr. Koster, head of the board.

A new person, with less aviation experience, less business experience, less equipment, and less leadership experience, has been hired to replace Mike Dowell, who has headed the airport 21 years, has tons of business, aviation and leadership experience, and the “newbie” is being paid $2,000 a year more than the incumbent? Mr. Koster has not explained any sensible rationale behind any of this scenario.

Worse yet, where the Airport Board is concerned, “We are independent of the County Board; our decisions are ours alone,” Koster said. No matter the airport is owned by the county. We can do what we want, so we are going to do just that because we don’t answer to anyone.

I propose there is an unchecked abuse of power going on here. Maybe it’s time to oust the current Airport Board, actually elect a new board, and make them accountable in all ways to the County Board.

Note to readers: David Fox is owner of Lordscapes Photography.

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