Originally created 08/07/03

Augusta Regional Airport's director is fired



Augusta Aviation Commission members fired Augusta Regional Airport's director in a 5-4 vote Thursday, ending months of speculation that Ken Kraemer's job was on the line.

The termination involved a 6-month severance package, which was required because Mr. Kraemer's contract had been automatically renewed for another year.

Following the meeting, Mr. Kraemer said he would seek legal advice. He said he doesn't think the aviation commission has the authority to fire him without the Augusta Commission's approval.

"It's my opinion that my contract was signed by the mayor," Mr. Kraemer said, adding that the Augusta Commission approved his original contract. "I feel the same is true in reverse."

However, City Attorney Jim Wall said the aviation commission can fire Mr. Kraemer. The Aviation Commission also voted to contact City Administrator George Kolb to find an interim replacement.