MOLINE, Illinois - A new Executive Director will be in charge of the Quad City International Airport.
Ben Leischner was chosen out of 38 candidates.
The board of commissioners narrowed that 38 down to just eight candidates.
From that eight they chose just four to interview.
Ben Leischner's contract was approved Tuesday morning at the board of commissioners monthly meeting.
The formal vote to hire Leischner was unanimous among all of the members.
Leischner will be responsible for for the overall business and financial administration, planning, operations and development of the airport.
The board interim Chairman Jon Malvik said the Quad City International airport is the 3rd largest airport in the state of Illinois aside from O'Hare and Midway.
He said with the new leadership they will be working on ways to increase efficiency and air service for the community.
He also said Leischner was a leading candidate out of an extremely strong field of applicants.
He said when deciding on who the new executive director would be they looked for someone who could step in and fill a highly competitive role, and Leischner fit the bill.
"His credentials, his education, his training and his experience, is what we looked at," said Malvik.
"Those are big shoes to fill, so we're looking for someone who can come in and take charge of the organization and continue on the path that we've been on," Malvik said.
Leischner is scheduled to begin his new position May 28th.
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