SB Airport Director Appointed
updated: Jun 03, 2014, 7:35 PM
Source: City of Santa Barbara
The City Council confirmed the appointment of Hazel Johns as Airport Director.
She has served in this position on an interim basis since December.
As Airport Director, Hazel will oversee the operations, maintenance, fiscal
management, and long-term capital planning for the Santa Barbara Airport with a
staff of 54 employees. Over 700,000 passengers begin or end their travel at the
Airport. In addition to the airfield, the Airport's 950 acres is comprised of
400 acres of wetlands and 95 acres of commercial/industrial property.
Hazel has served as the Assistant Airport Director since 1987, managing the
business and marketing services for the airport. With an $18 million operating
budget, she was responsible for the fiscal management of all airport funding
sources, including tenant rents, user fees, and federal funding. Under her
leadership, the Airport provided property management services for 135 commercial
and industrial leases. She played a significant role in the long-term planning
and financing for numerous airport capital improvement projects over the last 27
years, including the recently completed Airline Terminal Improvement Project.
Prior to joining the Santa Barbara Airport, Hazel was the Business and Property
Manager for the Oklahoma City Department of Airports.
She received a Bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma and is an
accredited airport executive through the American Association of Airport
According to Jim Armstrong, "Hazel brings extensive knowledge of airport
operations and finances to lead the airport. She has a good understanding of the
airport's needs and the community's interest in improved air service options."
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