In 1929, the City of Tallahassee opened its first municipal airport, Dale Mabry Field. At that time, the airport had one grass landing strip. In 1938-39, the United States Army established a fighter pilot training school at this location and developed three runways to serve their needs. This facility continued to provide military operations and commercial service to the community. The Dale Mabry Field site was abandoned in 1961 when a new facility was completed adjacent to the present airport site. This facility, originally designed to accommodate air traffic needs through 1975, expanded to meet the transportation needs of Florida's capital city and the surrounding region until the late 1980's. On December 3, 1989, the city opened the existing $33 million, airline passenger terminal. The airport anticipates that these facilities and surrounding land development opportunities will enable the Tallahassee Regional Airport to provide world class aviation transportation services for business and leisure travelers well into the next century.
The Tallahassee market area of more than 1.4 million total population includes Tallahassee, eleven neighboring Florida counties and twelve southern Georgia counties. Tallahassee Regional Airport accounts for 32% of air passenger travel in the Northwest Florida Region.
On February 20, 2000, the passenger terminal was officially renamed the Ivan Munroe Terminal in honor of Tallahassee aviation pioneer Ivan Munroe.
The Director of Aviation is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the City Manager of Tallahassee, who is appointed by the Tallahassee City Commission. There are approximately 50 full-time and part-time employees for the aviation department, grouped under six divisions: Executive, Commercial Development, Finance and Administration, Facilities and Maintenance, Operations, Security, Information Technology and Planning, Development and Environmental/Technical Services. The City's Police and Fire Departments provide law enforcement and Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Services at the Tallahassee Regional Airport.
Executive Division is responsible for managing the Aviation Division's proposed "Vision 2020" with five strategic cornerstones to include, building a high performance organization, expanding for the future, preserving the airport's financial health, building stronger relationships in the community, enhancing and delivering Best-In-Class customer service, and providing overall direction and guidance for the airport staff. Responsibilities include: monitoring and responding to federal, state, and local regulatory requirements; meeting and exceeding passenger service demands and expectations through air service development; media and community relations; strategic planning; and providing safe and efficient airport operations.
David Pollard, C.M., Deputy Director of Aviation
Commercial Development Division manages commercial tenants for the Aviation Division to include lease management and tenant compliance/customer service, ACDBE programming of the following commercial lines of business: concessions (food and beverage, news and gifts, rental car, specialty retail, personal services, baggage services, advertising, banking, parking management, art and music programs).
Victoria F. Maleszewski, Business Services Manager
Finance and Administration Division manages and provides financial management at all levels of the Aviation Division. Responsibilities include but not limited to: accounting; human resources management; procurement and risk management review; organizational development and training; and internal audit.
Patsy E. Capps, C.P.A., Manager
Facilities and Maintenance Division manages all real properties for the Aviation Division. Responsibilities include but not limited to: exterior terminal, landscape and roadway maintenance; building code compliance and electrical compliance (local, state and federal); facility maintenance, repair and inspection; ground transportation center management and compliance; structural maintenance and repairs.
Tim Fadiora, Facilities Administrator
Operations, Security, Information Technology Division manages oversight and regulatory relationships, as well as operations, security, and information technology for the Aviaition Division. Responsibilities include: managing aeronautical revenue streams (general aviation, cargo, commercial and Fixed Based Operators FBO's); FAA, TSA, FBI, DOHS regulatory compliance; landside and airside operations; training and safety compliance; expanded Communication Command Control Center (C4); police and fire rescue; and all other airfield miscellaneous agencies.
Jim Durwin, C.M., Interim Superintendent
Planning, Development and Environmental/Technical Services Division manages oversight of construction contracts and provides engineering management support to the Aviation Division. Responsibilities include: engineering review (mechanical, structual, HVAC and electrical); architectual design; CADD mapping, oversight, compliance and management of DBE, MBE, WBE contracts and constructions; structural/land records; stormwater management; economic development; and environmental compliance.
David Pollard, C.M., Deputy Director of Aviation
Airport Advisory Committee
This committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Tallahassee City Commission and to the Aviation Department, on issues presented to the committee related to the operation and promotion of Tallahassee Regional Airport, economic development opportunities and activities prompted by its presence and functions.
The Airport Advisory Committee consists of 18 members recommended by the Mayor and appointed by the City Commission.
Click here for the Airport Advisory Committee members list.