BLOUNTVILLE - Airport Authority commissioners voted unanimously today to rehire Patrick Wilson as the executive director at Tri-Cities Regional Airport.
TCRA Authority Chairman James Rector of Bristol, Va., was directed to finalize negotiations with Wilson, who had left earlier this year to take a deputy director’s position at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
Wilson is expected to return to TCRA in August at his old salary, about $139,000, but pay his own moving expenses.
Florida-based ADK Executive Search, which recruited Wilson for the North Carolina job, had been hired by the TCRA Authority to find replacement candidates.
But those candidates apparently didn’t measure up to Wilson, who had served as executive director for eight years.
Interim TCRA Executive Director David Jones, who has served the airport as director of Operations, had also taken himself out of the running for the full-time leadership post.