Sometime today, I will announce two important changes at Lambert Airport.
The first is that Kevin Dolliole, the terrific director, is leaving. Kevin has been a breath of fresh air at Lambert, a good facilities manager who understands the importance of customer service. His plan to revitalize the airport is going to be our blueprint. Unfortunately, Kevin could not convince his family to move here with him and, after two years of long-distance relationship, he is returning to San Antonio to be with them. You have to admire a person who puts family first.
The second fact is happier. I am appointing Dick Hrabko, St. Louis County’s Director of Aviation, to succeed Kevin at Lambert Airport.
Dick is no stranger to us. He was the acting Lambert Airport director for six months. We know him and know what a great leader he is. Dick chose not to compete for the job two years ago. Had he thrown his name into the ring then, it would — frankly have been a tough call between him and Kevin. I am glad I did not have to make it then.
The airport will not skip a beat under Dick’s leadership.
When I called County Executive Charlie Dooley to ask about his airport director, he did not hesitate — and I thank him for agreeing so readily. Charlie is losing a great part of his own team. But, he also understands the important role Lambert plays in the region’s economy. That’s regionalism at work.