The Wayne County Airport Authority Board has appointed Chad Newton to serve as interim CEO. In his new role, Newton will lead the Wayne County Airport Authority, the independent governmental entity tasked with management and operation of Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) and Willow Run Airport (YIP).

Newton joined the Airport Authority in 1999 as a police officer and advanced through the ranks to become the vice president of public safety for the authority, his most recent position.

“Chad has more than 19 years of airport experience and nearly 30 years as a law enforcement professional,” said Wayne County Airport Authority Board Chair Michael Garavaglia. “He is one of a select few public safety executives in the United States certified by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) as an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.). Chad’s extensive knowledge of our industry, combined with his professional credentials make him a valuable asset to our organization.”

Newton says he is honored to work in his new position. “Throughout the last 19 years, I’ve crossed paths with employees from every Airport Authority department,” he says. “I will continue to support their efforts and offer guidance as we remain focused on our customers and our community.”

Genelle Allen, the Wayne County Airport Authority’s current interim CEO, will step down on July 20, 2018. Allen will return to her role as COO for Wayne County. “We appreciate Genelle’s contributions to the Airport Authority over the last six months,” Garavaglia said. “She stepped in when we needed her and made a positive impact on our team.”