For reasons described as “personal,” airport director Cindi Martin will retire at the end of August, Martha’s Vineyard Airport commission chair Bob Rosenbaum told his fellow commissioners Thursday afternoon. With audible reluctance from several commissioners, the commission voted unanimously to accept what was termed as Martin’s retirement. On the recommendation of Martin, the board went on to unanimously vote in deputy airport director Geoff Freeman as the next director for the airport, effective August 31. Freeman’s salary will be $135,000.
Airport commissioner Don Ogilvie called Freeman a “brilliant choice.”
Martin shed no light on her departure, but threw her support behind Freeman when addressing the commissioners.
In a phone conversation following the meeting, Freeman told The Times he’s worked at the airport since he was a teenager, and he’s honored to take the job.
Asked what would characterize his directorship, Freeman said, metaphorically, “I want to be the person who mends fences and builds bridges.”
Freeman extolled the work of the outgoing director. “I wish the best for Cindi,” he said. She’s been an incredible director. She really, really put us in a strong position. It’s a lot to live up to.”