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DANVILLE — Vermilion Regional Airport's manager for the past two years has resigned.

Airport authority board of commissioners chairman Dave Kietzmann said the board voted 4-0 last month to accept Mike Potter's resignation.

"We were in executive session and called Mike in to talk about personnel matters that we cannot discuss (publicly)," Kietzmann said.

Potter then submitted his resignation, Kietzmann said.

Kietzmann said the board took its vote when it came out of closed session.

The board is one commissioner short with Jonathan Myers' resignation. The other commissioners are Steve Foster, Tom Day and Bill Ingram.

"Now our attorney Jerry Davis is working with (Potter) on an agreement," Kietzmann said. Kietzmann said he couldn't say anything more about the matter.

Potter was hired as manager in April 2016, at a salary of $60,000. He was selected from more than 20 applicants. Potter came on board after longtime manager Bob Gagnon retired.

Davis and Potter couldn't be reached for comment.

Foster said they hate to look for a new manager again. But he also said they were looking at the manager position to cut expenses.

Foster said Potter was "trying out what he could do in the community," with giving flight school lessons, returning air shows to the community and other things.

"We've had success in some areas ...," Foster said.

He said about the manager position, "we're just going to be looking in different directions."

Airport officials met last week with Balloons Over Vermilion representatives to finalize details with that event.

Attorneys also continue to look into whether Foster, Kietzmann and Ingram are disqualified from serving on the board due to claims from the Edgar County Watchdogs group about board members not being allowed to serve on other governmental unit boards.

Foster said taxing body boards for airports can be structured differently. From what he's heard, there are four types of airport boards in Illinois under the Illinois Department of Transportation's division of aeronautics and most airport boards have an aldermen or county board member serve on them depending on if the airport is city or county or jointly owned.

If there is deemed to be any conflict of interest by a board member on a voting item, "we abstain from some votes," Foster said.

He added the state wants legislation revisited, with the attorney general looking into it.


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