The Clark County Board of Aviation Commissioners voted 4-0 Thursday to adopt a policy statement committing them to hiring a manager for the Clark Regional Airport who is independent of either of the facility’s fixed-base operators.

The board plans to present the resolution to the Clark County Council next week during budget hearings, when aviation commissioners plan to ask for funding for a full-time airport manager and assistant manager next year.

William “Hap” Happel has been the airport’s part-time manager since it opened in 1981, but also owns the fixed-base operator Hap’s Aerial Enterprises. The latter is a source of contention with owners of Aircraft Specialists, the airport’s other fixed-base operator, and some county officials.

Happel, who is in his early 80s, gave up his own airport — which was located in Clarksville — so that the county could construct its own facility.

— Staff writer Larry Thomas

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