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Director of aviation abruptly retires

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A press conference was held Monday afternoon by the Chairman of the Lafayette Airport Commission where he announced the retirement of Director of Aviation, Greg Roberts, following an incident at the airport office last Wednesday.

Chairman of the Commission, Matt Cruse, said he wasn't notified of the incident until Friday. "We found out Friday morning and placed him on administrative leave approximately an hour after I was notified of the incident," said Cruse.

Cruse said he was made aware of the incident by a third-party who was involved in the matter. According to Cruse, before they were able to meet as a full commission, Roberts handed him a letter Sunday indicating he was retiring for personal reasons after twenty-one years with Lafayette Regional Airport. "I believe Greg realized the consequences of his actions and he believed that it was in the best interest of the airport for him to step down so to not cause anymore distractions than necessary," said Cruse. Cruse said he's unable to disclose the details of the incident.

"It's pending legal investigation and we just can't really comment on an on-going investigation," said Cruse. According to Cruse, during his five years as part of the Airport Commission he has never known Roberts to cause any problems for the airport until now. "As far as I know, Greg has had an exemplary career. There's been no disciplinary issues that I'm aware of," said Cruse. Solomon Moses, a sky captain at Lafayette Regional Airport said Roberts' absence will not go unnoticed.

"Greg Roberts, after twenty-one years the airport is going to really miss you. You did a wonderful job," said Moses. Cruse said their goal within the next couple of months is to identify a likely group of candidates for the position of Director of Aviation and begin interviews. Until then Deputy Director, Mike Burrows, will serve as interim director.
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