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Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 04/19/2013
Subject :

Andrew Swanson Selected as City of Palo Alto's New Airport Manager
Contact : Mike Sartor, Public Works Director    650-329-2270
Palo Alto, CA – After an extensive recruitment process that included a candidate interview panel comprised of City staff, airport users and a former airport manager, Public Works Director Mike Sartor announced that the City has selected Andrew J. Swanson as its new Airport Manager. This newly created Airport Manager position will oversee airport management and operations after the transfer of the Palo Alto Airport from the County of Santa Clara to the City later this year. Mr. Swanson began his new duties last week, with an annual salary of $128,000.

Currently, Santa Clara County operates the Palo Alto airport, one of the busiest in the Bay Area, through a lease with the City that ends in 2017. The County has indicated that it does not intend to renew its lease. As a result, the City is accelerating the transfer and expects to assume full responsibility for the Palo Alto Airport by December 2013.

"Andrew brings outstanding airport operations and facility management experience to Palo Alto as well as a strong customer service focus," said Sartor. “These skills will serve us well as we transition the airport to a new City venture.”

Swanson served as Airport Manager at the Nut Tree Airport in Solano County from October 2004 through March 2011 where he was responsible for restoring the airport to its full potential. Swanson made significant improvements to the airport facilities, operational practices, staff training and customer service efforts through engaging stakeholder groups, implementing major capital improvement projects, fostering an entrepreneurial culture in the organization and updating key airport operational documents such as a Master Plan, Capital Improvement Plan and Business Plan. Prior to working at the Nut Tree Airport, Swanson served as Airport Operations Supervisor and Acting manager at San Mateo County Airports.

Swanson has ten years of experience in airport administration and facilities management as well as a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Flight Technology with a specialization in Aviation and Airport Management from Central Washington University.

“The Palo Alto Airport is a real jewel among the Bay Area’s general aviation airports and this transition is an exciting opportunity for the City and the future of the airport,” said Swanson. “I am really pleased to be a part of the City team that will facilitate the smooth transition of airport operations from the County to the City this year.”