OGDEN — After an extended search, Ogden City has named a new manager of the Ogden-Hinckley Airport.

On Friday, the city announced Bryant Garrett would take the helm as manager of the municipal airport. According to a press release, Garrett is a Utah native, but spent the last several years working in Redding, California at a municipal airport there.

Garrett has more than 30 years of aviation experience in both government and private sectors, according to the city release. He has served in a variety of roles ranging from airport manager of a small-hub airport to Chief Financial Officer and maintains his Federal Aviation Administration certification as a pilot and has more than 300 hours of flight experience.

He earned his Masters in Public Administration from Brigham Young University.

Prior to Garrett’s hiring, the Ogden administration proposed to bump the airport manager salary range up to $84,024 to $114,817. The salary range had been listed at $70,687 to $96,591, typical in the city for starting division managers.

But after failing to attract a qualified candidate for several months, the city hired ADK Consulting, Inc. to help with the search. The firm, which specializes in recruiting airport administrators, recommended the city increase the position’s pay scale.

The council will likely approve the pay hike at their Jan. 8 meeting.

Garrett replaces outgoing airport manager Jon Greiner, who announced his retirement plan more than eight months ago.

For more than a decade, the city has subsidized the airport at a rate of about $500,000 to $750,000 a year. Expanding commercial air service has been identified by the city as the best way out of insolvency.

The airport currently offers commercial service between Ogden and Mesa, Arizona twice a week, with flights by Allegiant Air. Two other Allegiant flights out of the airport (to Los Angeles and Las Vegas) were cut shortly after the service began in late 2017, due to low passenger numbers.

The city is now focused on bringing commercial business service, with smaller aircraft and shorter regional flights that service the Intermountain West.

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