Anchorage airport manager dismissed by governor
The longtime manager of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport has been relieved of his duties by Gov. Bill Walker’s office, with no immediate word on the reason for his removal.
Airport spokeswoman Trudy Wassel confirmed the decision to replace John Parrott Tuesday, saying his planned retirement date was set for Nov. 1.
“John Parrott has done great things here; he will be greatly missed,” Wassel said. “Anything he does in the future, he will be greatly successful.”
An Anchorage Economic Development Corp. biography of Parrott, who received an Airport Executive of the Year award from a national group in 2014, said he had worked at the airport since 1998 and became its manager in 2008.
John Binder, the state’s deputy commissioner of transportation, will take over as airport manager on an interim basis. Binder said Tuesday that the decision was relayed by Walker’s staff to Parrott Monday.
“His office just expressed appreciation for John’s service, and expressed that this decision has nothing to do with him personally or his service to date,” Binder said.
The airport manager’s position is politically appointed, Binder said, and previous administrations have chosen new people to fill the job.
Asked why Parrott was dismissed or whether the governor had anyone in mind for the position, Walker’s deputy press secretary Jonathan Taylor declined to comment on “personnel matters.”
“However, we do thank John for his many years of honorable service to the State of Alaska,” Taylor wrote in an email.