Wendel Announces Appointment of Manager of Airports

From left, Shannon Barnhart, Manager of Airports, and PJ Wendel, Chautauqua County Executive.

Barnhart to Serve as Chautauqua County Manager of Airports – New Director Begins on Feb. 22

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Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel has announced the appointment of Shannon Barnhart as the new Manager of Airports for Chautauqua County.

Barnhart, who replaces former director Ron Almeter, begins her new position on February 22, 2022.

“I am very pleased to welcome Shannon Barnhart to our leadership team,” said Wendel. “In addition to having 10 years of managerial experience, she also has a 16-year background in aviation where she has worked alongside the Federal Aviation Administration to improve the safety and efficiency of airports across the country. Her knowledge in grant management, airport planning, tourism, economic development, and safety will be a great asset to our County-operated airports in Dunkirk and Jamestown.”

Barnhart previously served as an aviation planning project manager at Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc., where she assisted airports with obtaining funding and executing projects to better their facilities. Prior to that, she served as a Planning Manager for the City of Cleveland Department of Port Control, which oversees the planning and noise sections at Cleveland Hopkins and Burke Lakefront Airports in Cleveland, Ohio.

“I feel confident and excited that my experience and qualifications will assist in contributing to the success of Chautauqua County,” said Barnhart. “I look forward to working with my new team and our community’s airport stakeholders to better serve Chautauqua County residents and visitors.”

Barnhart earned her Associate’s degree in Travel and Tourism at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y. and her Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management and Operations at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She also has a Master’s degree in Aviation Safety from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. She and her family currently reside in Randolph, N.Y.