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Chad Swiatecki is a 20-year journalist who relocated to Austin from his home state of Michigan in 2008. He most enjoys covering the intersection of arts, business and local/state politics. He has written for Rolling Stone, Spin, New York Daily News, Texas Monthly, Austin American-Statesman and many other regional and national outlets.
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ABIA’s next top exec
The city is on the lookout for its next executive director of aviation – that’s city hiring speak for the top executive at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The job posting went live last week, which should give the city plenty of time to make a hire in time for a smooth transition from current Executive Director Jim Smith, who intends to retire but hasn’t set a firm final date yet. The Austin Business Journal reports application reviews will begin on March 8, with the next director coming into a growing airport that could grow beyond 66 gates in the near future. The job posting lists the position’s compensation as “commensurate” but for comparison purposes, The Texas Tribune reported that as of March 2018, Smith received $324,480.
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