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"Three Indianapolis airport execs lose their jobs in cost-cutting move"
Friday, May 25, 2012
Three Indianapolis airport execs lose their jobs in cost-cutting move
By Dan McFeely
The Indianapolis (IN) Star
Three top executives at the Indianapolis Airport Authority have lost their
jobs in a cost-cutting move that will save about $300,000.
Gone are Mark Hedegard, senior director of business development; Mark
Kratky, controller; and Patzetta Trice, chief communications officer.
Robert Duncan, interim executive director, said the positions have been
eliminated and their duties will be absorbed by others.
"We have certainly been evaluating our organizational structure, and as part
of that, I was looking to create (one) a bit more efficient while reducing
some of our internal bureaucracies," Duncan said.
Staffers were notified by an internal memo Wednesday.
Duncan, who took over in March after a parting of ways with former Executive
Director John D. Clark III, would not speculate whether there will be
further cutbacks or staff reductions.
"Like any organization, you look at what your needs are, and sometimes you
have to make adjustments," he said. "The real honest answer is you just keep
The airport authority, which is charged with running the municipally owned
airport system at a time when jet fuel is on the rise and airlines are
cutting back, still employs 450 full-time workers and enough part-timers to
push that number to 500-plus.
The search for a permanent director is continuing.
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