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Big Money Hunt

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The City of Boise is getting serious about finding a new airport director—$30,000 serious.

The City Council was set to consider a resolution on Tuesday night authorizing the city to pay $30,700 to ADK Consulting, Inc. to conduct an executive search to help fill the top spot at the Boise Airport. Results of the vote were not available by press time, but the resolution was expected to pass.

The position has been open since former director John Anderson left last August (BW, "Headhunter for BOI," May 2, 2007). Anderson was the city's highest-paid employee, making $114,491 when he left, according to the Mayor's Office. He is now the airport director in McCall.

Anderson resigned suddenly after more than 16 years with the airport, and his contentious relationship with the city, and Mayor Dave Bieter in particular, contributed to his decision to leave. Since his departure, the city has decided to revamp the position, removing responsibility for the city bus system and stressing the need for a closer relationship with city leaders.

The corporate search began earlier this year after the city's top contender for the job turned it down to take a better-paying position in the private sector.