Front Range Airport Executive Director Departs

Front_Range_AirportDennis Heap has been dismissed as executive director of the Front Range Airport near Denver after 19 years in the position, the airport authority said in a terse, two-paragraph press release.

The Front Range Airport Authority announced today that Ken Lawson, assistant director of aviation, will serve as interim aviation director. Dennis Heap’s last day of employment with the airport was Monday, Aug. 19, 2013.

“The Front Range Airport Authority appreciates the many years of dedicated service that Dennis provided as aviation director,” said Stephanie Takis, chair of the airport authority. “However, the Authority decided to move in a new direction.”

The Denver Business Journal reports:

Lawson on Tuesday told me that the authority and Heap parted ways due to a personnel, contractual matter.

“The authority and Heap could not come to an agreement on an employment contract,” Lawson said. Heap’s current contract was due to end on Dec. 31, Lawson said.

Front Range Airport is currently seeking a spaceport license in the hope of becoming a major center for point-to-point suborbital travel.