FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 10, 1998 Contact: Diane Thomas (714) 834-6203
Interim Director Announced For John Wayne Airport
SANTA ANA – County CEO Jan Mittermeier today announced the appointment of Loan Leblow as interim director of John Wayne Airport. Leblow will have oversight of all airport activities while the County looks for a permanent replacement for O. B. Schooley who has accepted a position with the consulting firm P&D Aviation. He had been airport director for four years.
Leblow’s appointment is effective September 18, Schooley’s last day at the airport.
Leblow is a 17-year employee of the County. She started her career as an auditor in the office of Auditor-Controller. In October 1990 when the new JWA terminal was opened, she was outstationed to the airport. In January 1996 she became an airport employee and was appointed deputy airport director for finance and administration.
"This airport is run by a team that we’re all proud of," said Leblow. "We’ll continue to get the job done together during this period."
Leblow is a certified public accountant who has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from California State University, Fullerton.
"I’ve worked with Loan for many years and I have complete confidence in her abilities," said Mittermeier. "She’ll do an excellent job while we conduct a search for a permanent airport director. The fact that Loan has chosen not to be a candidate for the job ensures that no current County employee gets the advantage of holding the interim position during the selection process."
Mittermeier said that the County will look nationwide for a new airport director. A search firm has not yet been named.