Wood appointed to airport authority

Mesa County commissioners decided Monday to appoint Stephen Wood to the Grand Junction Airport Authority Board, replacing the vice chairman of the group, Morgan Hamon, who recently relocated to the Front Range.

Wood will fill Hamon’s four-year term, which expires in April 2015.

Wood is president and owner of mechanical and electronic systems manufacturer Capco, and has been piloting planes at the airport since 1973.

“I think I have a pretty good historical perspective on the airport, and I care what happens to it,” Wood said.

“We’re going to be facing numerous challenges ... but I’m kind of a detail guy — I’m an engineer by nature, so I would hope to bring kind of that logical, detailed approach to some of the decision-making.”

Mesa County appoints three members to the seven-member board. The Grand Junction City Council also appoints three people, and the seventh member of the board is appointed by the other six. Both the county and city must sign off on the seventh board member.

Wood is a member of the airport’s Security Solutions committee, which is the group that has addressed and heard many of the issues with a controversial security fence. built around most of the airport facilities. The security fence has caused tension between the airport and general-aviation tenants who have complained that the fence limits customer contact and threatens their businesses.

Wood earlier this year pressed Mesa County commissioners about the complaints, which led to the county appealing to U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton for a series of face-to-face meetings with the Transportation Security Administration.

“According to the Airport Authority Board and other people that follow the events out there, (the Security Solutions committee) through his leadership is doing a very effective job,” Commissioner Steve Acquafresca said. “I think the opportunity to get Mr. Wood onto the actual Airport Authority Board is an opportunity that we would not want to pass up.”

The other two members appointed to the board by the county are Tom LaCroix, whose second term expires in April 2013, and Denny Granum, whose term is set to expire in January 2016.


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