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Details on job in a month

The Blue Grass Airport board is expected to have details about its search for a permanent airport executive director in about a month, spokesman David Wescott said Wednesday.

“We haven’t posted the opening yet because we haven’t completed the job description,” he said in an e-mail.

Meanwhile, he said, the board thinks interim executive director Eric Frankl is doing a fine job.

“This should not be interpreted that the permanent job is his — it’s been made clear to him that the board will move forward with a broad search and will accept applications from everywhere,” Wescott said.

Frankl came to Lexington in February from Ohio, where he was director of airports for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. He has expressed an interest in staying in the Lexington job permanently.

As the Blue Grass Airport board works to fill the airport’s top position, it is also trying to decide who will do the work done previously by three airport directors.

Michael Gobb stepped down as executive director of the airport in early January after questions arose about his spending of airport money. Soon after, airport directors John Coon, John Rhodes and John Slone resigned amid questions about their expenses.

An audit by the state auditor’s office found more than $500,000 in questionable expenses by airport personnel from January 2006 through December 2008. A criminal investigation is under way.

Wescott said the airport board is working to reorganize the airport’s leadership structure.

Apparently board members have made up their minds about the position of administration and finance director and have advertised that job. Wescott said that 133 people, including 44 certified public accountants, have applied.