Washington County Appoints New Airport Director

Airport Director Rick Johnson (photo courtesy of Washington County Government).

The Washington County Board of County Commissioners last week appointed Rick Johnson as Airport Director at Hagerstown Regional Airport, effective June 14, 2021.

Johnson comes to Washington County Government with extensive experience in airport management. “Rick Johnson’s wealth of knowledge and experience in airport management and his many years of military service brings great value to the Hagerstown Regional Airport,” said County Administrator John Martirano. “I welcome Mr. Johnson to Washington County and I am excited to see what he will bring towards the continued growth and development of HGR.”

In his role, Johnson is responsible for ensuring that the airport complies with federal and state regulations. He will also work with local jurisdictions to continue to develop the airport while accommodating growth and future needs.

According to a County press release:

Johnson has been the Airport Manager of the Frederick Municipal Airport since 2013 and has worked for The City of Frederick for more than 21 years in various key project management roles. In his current capacity, Mr. Johnson leads and is responsible for day-to-day operations/administration and budgeting at the airport. He oversees the $2 million operating budget and $28 million Airport Capital Improvement program at the 2nd busiest airport in Maryland, averaging over 94,000 annual aircraft operations.

Mr. Johnson’s extensive aviation experience draws from 32 years of military service, including two overseas deployments to Afghanistan and one recently in Iraq. He presently serves in the US Air Force Reserves as Air Freight Flight Chief of the 69th Aerial Port Squadron at Joint Base Andrews and has attained the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. Additionally, he is recognized as a Certified Member (C.M.) with the American Association of Airport Executives and is a student pilot.

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