Johnson comes to Washington County Government with extensive experience in airport management. He has been the Airport Manager of the Frederick Municipal Airport since 2013 and has worked for The City of Frederick for more than 21 years in various key project management roles. In his current capacity, Mr. Johnson leads and is responsible for day-to-day operations/administration and budgeting at the airport. He oversees the $2 million operating budget and $28 million Airport Capital Improvement program at the 2nd busiest airport in Maryland, averaging over 94,000 annual aircraft operations.
Mr. Johnson’s extensive aviation experience draws from 32 years of military service, including two overseas deployments to Afghanistan and one recently in Iraq. He presently serves in the US Air Force Reserves as Air Freight Flight Chief of the 69th Aerial Port Squadron at Joint Base Andrews and has attained the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. Additionally, he is recognized as a Certified Member (C.M.) with the American Association of Airport Executives and is a student pilot.
County Administrator John Martirano said, “Rick Johnson’s wealth of knowledge and experience in airport management and his many years of military service brings great value to the Hagerstown Regional Airport. I welcome Mr. Johnson to Washington County and I am excited to see what he will bring towards the continued growth and development of HGR.”
In his spare time, Mr. Johnson likes to golf, exercise, and spending time traveling with his wife, Krista.
As the Airport Director, Johnson is responsible for ensuring that the airport complies with federal and state regulations. He will also be working with local jurisdictions to continue the development of the airport and to accommodate growth and future needs.
As the newly appointed Airport Director, Mr. Johnson said, “I’m very excited about the opportunity to serve the County as the new Airport Director. I look forward to working with a great team within the department as we focus on developing the airport as the preferred airport in the region.”
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