Originally created 05/24/00

Augusta Aviation Commission member resigns



Rodger Giles has resigned from the Augusta Aviation Commission.

Mr. Giles told commission Chairman Ed Skinner of his decision Monday.

"I sent a letter to the commissioners and the county commissioner who appointed me, but I am not going to discuss it publicly," Mr. Giles said Tuesday afternoon.

There had been rumors in the past few weeks that Mr. Giles was going to resign but that commissioners had talked him out it.

Mr. Skinner said Mr. Giles' resignation did not come as a surprise.

"In a way, I hated to see Rodger go," Mr. Skinner said. "He contributed to the commission, and he had some good ideas."

It was Mr. Giles who, with his own money, hired an advertising firm to create some sample radio commercials aimed at luring more people to use Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.

The samples were a hit with board members and airport officials alike. There are plans for marketing Director David Dorminey to incorporate the ideas into the airport's promotional efforts.

It was also Mr. Giles who, citing philosophical differences, made the motion to terminate the contract of former airport Director Al McDill.

Mr. Giles, a real estate developer, was appointed to the aviation commission in November. His departure means there are now two vacancies on the 11-member board.

Reach Justin Martin at (706) 823-3552.