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The St. Clair County Public Building Commission, which oversees the operations of MidAmerica St. Louis Airport (BLV) is embarking on a nationwide search for a new director to replace Tim Cantwell, who is stepping down after 17 years.

Cantwell has committed to staying on in his current role up until April 2020 if needed, to enable a new director to be hired and settled into the position.

“We appreciate Tim’s dedication to the MidAmerica Airport and his passion for growing the operations here over his many years as director,” notes St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern. “During his tenure, MidAmerica Airport has become the 6th busiest airport in Illinois, landed exceptional tenants such as Boeing and North Bay Produce, and fostered relationships with Asian partners that will one day bear fruit for our region, all while maintaining our exceptional partnership with Scott Air Force Base.”

Based in Mascoutah, IL, BLV is on pace for 360,000 commercial travelers this year, largely through Allegiant Airlines, which flies to 10 markets from the airport.

In the publicly posted job opening on the airport website, the commission says it is looking for candidates for director with “operations experience and expertise to make sound decisions guaranteeing the safe and efficient daily operation of the Airport. The Airport Director must have appropriate degrees and certifications, senior management experience relevant to an airport operation, superior communication skills, and the ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders.”