NORWICH – Airport Administrator Donald MacIntosh officially resigned his government position last Monday, but after a 25-minute executive session to discuss personnel, the Chenango County Board of Supervisors reappointed him to acting administrator at the Lt. Warren E. Eaton Airport.
Two members of the board opposed the appointment, however. They were: James J. McNeil, D-City of Norwich, and Jerry L. Kreiner, R-Plymouth.
MacIntosh was previously employed by the county as assistant real property tax director from 1999 to 2008. He had been part-time airport administrator since 1998, a position he held until Monday.
Under the New York State Employees Retirement System, and after a set number of years, employees are eligible to retire and collect their pension benefits. They can subsequently work in the public sector, though with earnings limitations, or in the private sector, without them.
As part-time airport administrator, MacIntosh, who is 70, earned $8,770 last year. He earned $33,759 in his last year as full-time assistant tax director for the county.
Following the appointment, Chairman Richard B. Decker directed the Planning and Economic Development Committee to determine the position’s salary and terms or recommend another individual to the post. The committee went into an executive session on Tuesday to discuss the matter. (The committee had also met in executive session prior to the board’s Monday morning meeting.)
McNeil, who is also a member of Planning, said he opposed MacIntosh’s appointment because the airport isn’t running as efficiently as he thinks it should.