The City of Siloam Springs has hired James Nixon as the new airport manager. Nixon will start in the position Sept. 2.
City officials interviewed several candidates and announce Friday (Aug. 16) that Nixon was promoted from within. Since June 2012 he has served as a dispatcher with the Siloam Springs Police Department. However, Nixon’s work history and education are in the aviation industry.
“Aviation is my passion. I believe that my education and work history will allow me to successfully serve both the City of Siloam Springs and our aviation community”, Nixon said. “I look forward to working with the existing staff and patrons and continuing to grow our airport.”
Nixon earned a bachelor’s degree in aviation administration from Utah Valley University.
He has work experience in aviation marketing and operations, specifically flight line operations and new aviation business development, account management and customer service. Nixon is also a FAA licensed pilot.
The airport manager is responsible for the day to day operations of the airport including fueling/refueling aircraft, maintaining aviation safety standards, providing weather information, radio communications and flight tracking with aircrafts.
Additionally, Nixon will oversee daily runway safety checks, fuel farm operations, airport vehicle fleet, building and hangar security and building and hangar upkeep.
The airport manager will report to Don Clark, community services manager for Siloam Springs.
“Mr. Nixon is the right person for the job and we look forward to seeing the airport flourish under his leadership,” Clark said in a statement.