City of Joplin announces new Manager for Joplin Regional Airport

City of Joplin announces new Manager for Joplin Regional Airport
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JOPLIN, Mo. – The City of Joplin today announced its new Airport Manager for Joplin Regional Airport, Bart Starkey.

Officials say the position opened up after long-time manager Steve Stockam retired in April of this year.

Starkey has broad management experience from 21 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigations. During this time he worked in various capacities including serving as an FBI Pilot in Command as an FAA certified instrument rated Commercial pilot. In this role, he also worked closely with the Federal Aviation Administration and other aviation-related government entities.

“Bart will be a strong asset to the Joplin airport and the City,” said Dan Johnson, Interim Director of Public Works. “Air service is important to this community for our citizens and businesses and provides a valuable component for economic development. His skills are unique and offer an insight into the airline industry that will be helpful to those utilizing this service.”

Starkey also gained management experience through leadership positions at Sonoco Products Company and the United States Marine Corps.

“I’m excited to serve as the Airport Manager, and look forward to continuing the quality service that the Joplin Regional Airport is recognized for,” said Starkey. “Southwest Missouri offers many great amenities, and the airport is on that list.  I grew up around the airport and it had an enormous impact on my life in my younger years.  I remember the airshows and the Ozark Airlines jets waking me up every morning – they were my alarm clock. It is wonderful to be a part of this facility and its operations.”