Jackson airport CEO retiring after 25 years

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The head of Jackson's airport authority is retiring after 25 years.

Dirk Vanderleest has been CEO at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport's CEO's since 1990 and was CEO for the Huntsville, Alabama, airport for five years before that.

"I've been on call for 30 years 24/7 and it's an opportunity for me to look at different challenges," Vanderleest told The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/1j6K5N6). "My wife and family and I have decided it's time put to the phone up. That's a lot of wear and tear. I came to the airport and my head was full of hair and not it's not."

He says he notified the board of commissioners last week that he's retiring Sept. 30.

He said he's considered retirement for a couple of years. "I have two adult children who have left the house so we want to look at the new life opportunities for the both of us," he said.

Those new opportunities could include some type of work in aviation, Vanderleest said.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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