John Knight Retiring from Arkansas Department of Aeronautics

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 1:18 pm  

John Knight, director of the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics, has announced his retirement after 27 years with the agency.

Knight's retirement is effective Sept. 1. He has served in his current position since 1992.

The commission has recommended Jerry Chism, currently the assistant director, to replace Knight on an interim basis. No details about a search for a permanent replacement were immediately released.

"On behalf of the commission, state aviation organizations and airports, we appreciate John's dedication, commitment and time he has given to us so we may move forward as a state agency in the same, successful manner as it has been for over 20 years."

As director, Knight worked closely with local governments to ensure maximum funding for all items and maintenance for the 91 public-owned/public-use airports in the state. Since 1992, the agency has disbursed more than $143 million in grant aid to airports throughout Arkansas that has accounted for more than $3 billion in total economic impact.



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