A former Jackson Hole Mountain Resort executive is getting another two years to continue his reign as the longest-serving board member in Jackson Hole Airport history.
That man is Jerry Blann, who just ended his 20th year on the board and was replaced by longtime real estate agent and resident Ed Liebzeit. Around the same time, an unplanned vacancy opened on the five-person board — that of former Grand Teton National Park superintendent Mary Gibson Scott, who moved to Arizona — and Blann threw his name into the hat.
“My application is specifically related to fulfilling [Mary’s] final two years,” Blann told the News&Guide in early January. “The reason is I’ve been on [the board] for 20 years, and between the two of us it would have been a pretty big brain drain.”
The Teton County Board of County Commissioners and the Jackson Town Council selected Blann for the seat at their joint Monday meeting.
Blann’s term will wrap up come February 2022. Normally, it’s a five-year seat on the town- and county-appointed joint powers board, but Blann, who retired in 2018, said he was not interested in a full fifth term.
Blann was selected over Greg Herrick, Tyler LaMotte, Patrick Dominick and Valerie Brown. Three of the four competitors had applied for Blann’s open seat, which expired at the end of January.
Councilors and commissioners elected to interview only Brown, since the other applicants were interviewed for the prior open seat in late December and early January.
The airport board guides a $40 million-plus operation and a staff of around 80 full-time employees. The operation is complicated by its unique location within Grand Teton National Park, which leases 533 acres to the airport. Jackson Hole Airport is by far Wyoming’s busiest airport, and its passenger numbers have soared over the last decade.
Historically, the town and county imposed a two-term limit on airport board members, but it discarded that tradition in 2010 after Blann expressed an interest in sitting on the volunteer board for longer.