Dick Rutan Resigns From Mojave Spaceport Board

Mojave Air and Space Port. (Credit: Douglas Messier)
Mojave Air and Space Port. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

Long-time Mojave Air and Space Port board member Dick Rutan has resigned from that body, citing a business opportunity he had become involved in that could present a conflict of interest with his governing duties.

“It has been challenging and rewarding to be part of this team as we have transitioned from an airport to a Space Port, and it is with a heavy heart that I separate myself from this incredible assemblage of visionaries, fellow flyers and friends,” Rutan wrote in his resignation letter.

The board has appointed David Evans to replace Rutan. Evans is a certified public accountant and principal in Evans & Company, Inc., of California City. He is also vice present and chief financial officer of Boardwalk Motor Car Group of Redwood City, Calif. Mr. Evans is a commercial pilot and licensed flight instructor. He served as mayor of California City, where he resides, from 2006 to 2008.

Rutan is the second board member to resign in the past month. Marie Walker left the board in March, citing pressing business issues. She was replaced by Bill Deaver.

Correction: We originally misreported the name of the person appointed to replace Dick Rutan on the board. We regret the error.