By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Jan 28, 2015 at 11:26 AM

This morning, County Executive Chris Abele announced Terry Slaybaugh as the new airport director for Mitchell International Airport. Slaybaugh – currently running the airport in Dayton, Ohio – will replace Barry Bateman, who retired from the position back in April. 

"In the almost four years I've been in office, I have been directly involved with hiring decisions for leadership in many departments because I know the most important factor in any organization's success is its leadership," Abele said.

"I've worked hard to bring to the County not just competence and experience, but the kind of drive and passion that consistently outperforms expectations. Terry is no exception. He's a leader who enthusiastically shares my vision of making Mitchell a model for efficiency, customer service, aggressive and proactive engagement with the business community, and a strong strategic partner in economic development and planning."

In a press release, Abele also thanked deputy airport director Terry Blue for his work during the executive's search. 

Slaybaugh is expected to start work in his new role next month.