Oneida County has appointed a new aviation commissioner after the previous commissioner resigned last month, according to Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente.
Michael “Chad” Lawrence, who has served as deputy commissioner since 2013, has been appointed as the new commissioner.
Lawrence began working with Oneida County in 1995 when he worked as the airport maintenance supervisor at the old county airport in Oriskany. He went on to become the superintendent of the airport in 2006, which then moved to Griffiss International Airport in Rome.
“I have seen first-hand what Griffiss has become and I believe in County Executive Picente’s vision of where Griffiss can go from here,” Lawrence said in a news release. “This community, which has been my home for my entire life, has one of the most unique economic assets in the entire country at Griffiss and I’m honored to have this opportunity. I thank County Executive Picente for the chance to grow this test site and airport.”
The previous aviation commissioner, Russell Stark, served in the position for four years before resigning in late December to take a similar position in Stockton, California, according to Picente.