The Columbia Regional Airport is set to have a new manager. The city of Columbia announced today that Tamara Pitts will step in on September 12 to assume the duties of airport manager.
Don Elliot who has held the position since 2011 is retiring and will overlap with Pitts for two weeks to ease the transition, according to an announcement from the Department of Economic Development.
Pitts comes most recently from the Missouri Department of Transportation where she serves as a project engineer in the aviation section.
City Manager Mike Matthes said in a statement, "Tamara's servant style leadership, her work at MoDOT in the aviation section and the relationships Tamara's developed with the FAA will help ensure the airport achieves our long-term goals."
Matthes has proposed moving the airport from the public works department to the economic development department to encourage the airport to grow and generate tourism.