BANGOR, Maine — Bangor International Airport’s longtime assistant director has been appointed interim director effective March 17, City Manager Catherine Conlow announced Monday.
Anthony Caruso will head BIA until a permanent successor for the current director, Rebecca Hupp, is selected.
Hupp accepted a similar position at Boise Airport in Idaho last month. She will remain at BIA through mid-March and is slated to begin her new job on April 2.
“Tony is well respected by his industry colleagues, peers and subordinates,” Hupp said in a news release issued Monday. “In his role as the assistant director, he regularly stepped in during my absences and very capably maintained the airport’s operations and managed any issues that arose.
“While the aviation industry can be volatile, BGR is well positioned and Tony has the right experience and demeanor to continue the positive trend at BGR,” she said, using the Federal Aviation Administration’s abbreviation for the Bangor airport. “I know he will do a great job.”
Caruso holds a bachelor of science degree in aviation science with a concentration in airport management from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts. His professional background includes experience in fixed-based operation airport management, airline operations and airport management.
As BIA’s assistant director, he has overseen fixed-base airport operations and ramp services, including fueling, aircraft maintenance, ground support maintenance, passenger services and customer services.
Caruso also is a licensed private pilot and currently is pursuing accreditation through the American Association of Airport Executives.
Caruso said he looks forward to the challenge.
“I am pleased and honored to have been appointed as the interim director,” he said. “Our priorities will be to focus on strategic planning efforts, moving forward with scheduled projects and maintaining a high level of customer service during the city’s search and transition to a new director.”
That process will begin in the near future, according to Bob Farrar, assistant city manager and personnel director.
The first step will involve reviewing the airport director job description to determine if any updates or changes should be made, Farrar said.
The position initially will be posted internally for five days, in accordance with the city’s personnel rules and regulations, he said.
“Internal candidates will receive first consideration,” Farrar said.
After considering any in-house applicants, the city will decide if the vacancy should be advertised regionally and nationally, as it typically does when filling department head-level positions, Farrar said.
“We’ll run a thorough and complete process,” he said. “There really is no urgency. The key is to take the time that’s needed.”