Airport reopens manager search

Sunday, January 22, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 2:45 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 10, 2008

The search for a new manager of the Columbia Regional Airport continues. A total of 43 applications have been submitted and will be narrowed to five or six, Columbia Public Works director John Glascock said.

“We are trying to get it down to a small enough number so we can bring them all in for interviews,” he said.

In October, Kathy Sok of Grand Island, Neb., was hired as the new manager until reports in the Missourian revealed she had been fired from her job at Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

Sok’s resume also indicated she had been the Grand Island airport’s assistant manager when in fact she never held that position. She was security coordinator at the time she was fired.

Glascock called the Sok episode “an anomaly” and said city staff will do thorough background checks on applicants until the day a person is hired.

“We will Google her until the day we make the decision,” said Glascock, alluding to the Google search performed by the Missourian that first turned up the discrepancies in Sok’s record.

He also said he will eliminate phone interviews and instead bring the final five or six applicants in for personal interviews.

Glascock said the group of applicants this time is similar to the October list. He added however that the city has some internal applicants this time.

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