WARWICK, R.I. —
The head of the quasi-public agency that operates Rhode Island’s T.F. Green Airport is departing for Connecticut’s largest airport, the NBC 10 I-Team reported Wednesday.
Kevin Dillon is stepping down as president and chief executive officer of the Rhode Island Airport Corp. He is taking a position at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn.
Dillon told The Providence Journal that he was taking a new position to be closer to family. He also said he’s leaving because he successfully secured federal approval for a runway extension at T.F. Green.
Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian said in a statement that the CEO of an airport and the mayor of a host city always have an “odd relationship.”
“Nevertheless, we have worked hard to make it a relationship founded on trust and rooted in finding a mutual benefit for the City and the Airport Corporation,” Avedisian said. “The City and RIAC started out miles apart, but were able to work out differences regarding the expansion of T.F. Green State Airport.”
Dillon will work through July 13 but be available for a month longer during the transition.
It was not immediately clear who might replace Dillon.
The Rhode Island Airport Corp. oversees operations at five other airports in the state, including Block Island, Newport, North Central, Quonset and Westerly.