City commissioners promoted Williston’s assistant airport director on Tuesday, voting unanimously to appoint Anthony Dudas to director, a role he’s been filling for the past several months.
Dudas, who has been interim director at Sloulin Field International Airport since former director Steven Kjergaard resigned in February, will oversee the existing airport’s operations along with seeing increased involvement in operational discussions regarding the new Williston Basin International Airport.
His promotion was recommended by Commissioner Chris Brostuen.
“I really feel the city was fortunate to have Anthony with his experience in airport operations to help us through that transition (after Kjergaard’s resignation,)” he said. “He’s a consensus builder and team player — Anthony won’t talk your leg off but when he speaks it’s very good to listen… He displays a lot of energy and excitement when we discuss the new airport.”
Dudas, 30, a native of Minnesota, has worked for the past five years at Sloulin Field, serving first as operations officer until becoming assistant director in 2013.
“I’m excited to continue to be a part of the vibrant future of the city of Williston, and I’m excited to continue working with the relocation team to build a sustainable airport,” he said.
City Administrator David Tuan, who will make the formal offer once a rate of pay is decided on by the salary committee, proposed a standard six-month probationary period as Dudas settles into the job.
Tuan, who in February cast doubt on whether the airport director’s position was to be filled “anytime soon,” said Tuesday that he’d been referring to an immediate decision.
“We wanted to let the dust settle and give Anthony the opportunity to work with his staff,” he said.