Airport manager wins award

Clint Goff, center, displays his awards from the Texas Deparrtment of Transportation for his work at the Cherokee County Airport, as area officials look on.

AUSTIN – Clint Goff, winner of this year’s General Aviation Airport Manager of the Year Award, was recognized by the Texas Department of Transportation for his lifelong dedication and commitment to the Cherokee County Airport and the community that surrounds it.

“Clint approaches his job with fervor and passion that is unmatched in our state’s aviation community,” said TxDOT Aviation Director David Fulton. “His contributions to the Cherokee County Airport are almost unquantifiable. He has meant so much to that airport, and for such a long time. He is more than deserving of this honor.”

Goff began working at the airport while he was in high school and became a part-time county airport employee in his early twenties, where he then worked his way up the ladder and became the full-time airport manager.

Goff was instrumental in the county’s formation of an Airport Advisory Board. He made sure the members included appointees from local businesses, the president of the local economic development corporation, and airport tenants.

Goff worked with the county to: adopt airport rules, regulations, and minimum standards; buy out an outdated and unfavorable lease; regain control of the airport terminal building; and encouraged the county to construct game fencing around the airport to keep out feral hogs and other wildlife.

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