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Airport manager receives high marks in evaluation

Jamestown Regional Airport Manager Matt Leitner received high marks for his work performance over the last year from the Jamestown Regional Airport Authority.

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Leitner was evaluated by the seven members of the board and also provided a self-evaluation.

The authority approved Leitner’s performance review at its meeting Wednesday night.

Authority Chairman Jim Boyd said Leitner has been excellent in just about every aspect of his job.

“I have been very pleased with Matt’s performance,” he said. “He has been particularly good in finding outside funding for airport projects.”

Leitner was evaluated on 10 areas of job performance: availability, adherence to policy, creativity, dependability, independence, initiative, interpersonal relationships, job knowledge, productivity and quality. He could receive a mark of “E” for excellent, “A” for above average, “S” for satisfactory and “U” for unsatisfactory.

Each evaluation form was submitted anonymously, except for Leitner’s self-assessment form. Boyd took all the forms, reviewed them and organized the assessments into one summary that the authority reviewed Wednesday.

Overall, Leitner received an A++, which according to Boyd, is a slight step down from an E rating. Leitner gave himself an overall rating of A. The lowest rating he received on any of the job performance area was an S.

Authority members felt Leitner needed to work on budgeting issues, mainly making sure budget figures reflect the actual amount of money or spending that is going on.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with Matthew. (I’m) impressed with his level of engagement and his enthusiasm for (the) airport and his people,” was one of the written comments listed in the summary.

In other business, the authority:

* reviewed the monthly update for passenger boardings on Great Lakes Airline. There were 246 boarding in October this year, down from 261 in October 2013.

* reviewed bid specifications for a proposed T-hangar building the authority would like to have built sometime next year. The proposed $735,000 hanger would provide 10 hanger bays to house airplanes. The authority will continue its review of the bid specifications at its Dec. 18 meeting.

Sun reporter Chris Olson can be reached at 701-952-8454 or by email at

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