Retired attorney picked for 7th seat on GJ airport board

Grand Junction Regional Airport board members on Tuesday chose an attorney who said he had no conflicts with airport businesses to take over as the seventh member of the board.

Chuck McDaniel, a retired oil and gas attorney, now must be ratified by the Grand Junction City Council and Mesa County Commission before he takes the final seat on the board.

McDaniel and another candidate, Erling Brabaek, pitched their candidacies to four sitting board members. Board Chairman Rick Taggart recused himself because McDaniel is a friend he had urged to apply for the position most recently held by Troy Ball, who didn’t seek reappointment.

Brabaek is a private pilot who works for a company with two hangars at the airport who said he was aware of four instances in which potential developments at the airport had to be abandoned because the airport was unable to meet their needs.

McDaniel also stressed the need for continued development at the airport, but noted he had no business dealings at the airport.

It was important, board member Robin Brown said, that the next board member “avoid any appearance of conflict” with airport businesses.


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