Jackson County has announced the selection of the next Airport Manager for Jackson County Airport-Reynolds Field. Juan Zapata will assume responsibility as Airport Manager effective April 23, 2018 upon the retirement of current Manager Kent Maurer. Earlier this year, Maurer announced his retirement from the position he has held since February 1, 2002.
Juan Zapata most recently was employed with the Michigan Department of Transportation Aviation Office as Aviation Specialist. In that role, Zapata had responsibility for inspecting Michigan airports for FAA safety and standards compliance. Zapata has been employed by MDOT-Aeronautics since 1992. Prior to being employed by MDOT he served in the U.S. Navy from 1986 until 1992.
Zapata brings an extensive aviation management and airport compliance background to Jackson County Airport-Reynolds Field having served as interim Airport Manager for the Canton Plymouth Mettetal and Romeo State of Michigan Airports. He also served as a pilot for the State of Michigan Air Transport Division.
“I am excited about the opportunity to serve as Manager for Jackson County Airport-Reynolds Field and to build upon the momentum created by the recent completion of the runway safety project”, stated Zapata.
The Airport is planning a public event on April 27th to celebrate the Airport’s 90th Anniversary and completion of the runway project. The event will also serve as the introduction of Zapata as new manager. Among the festivities, T-6 airplanes will be on display, a B-17 will offer rides for purchase, music, a picnic lunch and a short program with a video of the Airport’s history will be presented.
While serving as manager, Kent Maurer led a 17 year, $40 million runway reconstruction project. To comply with FAA regulations, a new runway was required to provide additional clearance and safety areas. Prior to joining Jackson County, Maurer retired from a 27 year career with the Jackson Police Department.