ELLSWORTH, Maine — A longtime employee at a company that provides services to pilots and airlines at Hancock County’s airport in Trenton has been appointed as the airport’s new manager.
Leroy Muise has worked for the past 17 years with Columbia Air Services at the Trenton airport as general manager, director of maintenance and chief inspector, according to Rebekah Knowlton, the county’s deputy administrator. Muise was approved Tuesday for the position by a 3-0 vote by the county’s elected commissioners.
Muise takes over a position that has been vacant since February, when previous manager Brad Madeira resigned. Madeira had served as manager of Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport since July 2013.
Muise is expected to start on April 20. His annual salary will be $63,000 per year.
As airport manager, Muise will oversee operations at the Route 3 airport, which sees a spike in activity each summer as tourists, seasonal residents and other visitors flock to the Mount Desert Island area. Cape Air offers passenger service to and from the airport year round, while Silver Airways offers seasonal passenger service each year between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
The airport has two runways, one 5,200 feet long and another 3,364 feet long, and had roughly 8,500 enplanements — another term for passengers who take off from an airport — in 2018, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.