Salt Lake City Mayor reveals choice to head Department of Airports

Bill Wyatt. Photos: Salt Lake International Airport, Salt Lake City Mayor's Office

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Oct. 12, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Mayor Jackie Biskupski has selected Bill Wyatt as her choice for the Executive Director of the Salt Lake City Department of Airports.

For the past 17 years, Wyatt served as CEO of the Port of Portland, overseeing the logistics of day-to-day operations of all Port activities, according to a statement released by the mayor’s office. Wyatt handled $2 billion in capital construction projects, managed a $330 million annual operating budget with fiscal prudence, developed a workforce of 800 employees, and maintained excellent relationships with many stakeholders, including elected officials, community partners, Delta and TSA.

“I have great appreciation for the enormous value airports serve in our communities,” Wyatt said, in the statement. “I’m drawn by virtue to the ambitious opportunity in Salt Lake City, and I’m eager to join the team and get to work.”

Biskupski said it’s a critical time for the Salt Lake City International, which is undergoing the largest construction expansion in its history.”

“I am confident that Bill’s expertise and knowledge will lead us well as we enter into an exciting new chapter of operations,” she said in the prepared statement.

The Salt Lake City International Airport in the midst of a more than $3 billion Terminal Redevelopment Program, intended to address operational needs, seismic and security standards, and modernize facilities. The airport serves over 23 million passengers a year.

The redevelopment is scheduled to be complete by 2024.

The Department of Airports oversees a portfolio of three airports, including Salt Lake City International Airport, South Valley Regional Airport in West Jordan, and Tooele Valley Airport in Erda. Wyatt will manage operations including more than 500 employees, 1,000 contracts, and an annual budget of $367 million.

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