DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Dothan-Houston County Airport Authority announced the selection of a new director for the Dothan Regional Airport Monday.
On July 1, Prattville native Adam Hartzog will take over the position from long-time director Art Morris, who has served as the airport’s director since Jan. 2, 1986.
Hartzog previously served as the authority’s deputy director, which Morris said was part of his plan of succession.
“I recruited Adam in 2014 knowing that one day, he would probably step up and take my place,” he said. “He is the best Deputy Director that anyone could ask for and he will be the best Airport Director that Dothan has had.”
Hartzog’s employment background includes working in airport operations at the Auburn University Airport and serving as an airport planner for Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood in Montgomery.
After getting hired as the deputy director here in Dothan in 2014, Hartzog oversaw “airport operations, FAA compliance, airport constructions projects, and has made significant contributions to budget management and airport public relations.”
As for Morris, he will continue to work at the Airport Authority as its new airport adviser and special projects coordinator. His role will include working more closely with community organizations like the local chamber of commerce.
The press release also states that Morris will also be able to represent the Dothan Regional Airport at the state level with his new, more flexible schedule.
“I am grateful for the opportunity that the Airport Authority has afforded to me and for their vision in hiring Adam to succeed me,” Morris said. “Both Adam and I are very blessed to work with the best Airport Authority in the State of Alabama. These men have always been very supportive and provided great advice and wisdom throughout my career.”
This change of leadership will make Hartzog the fifth professional airport director hired in the Airport Authority’s history, the first being Charlie Faulk in 1968.