Jun 16, 2014 10:51 PM by Alex Labat
A turbulent few days for Lafayette Regional Airport, which is now without its longtime Aviation Director Greg Roberts, who worked at the airport for over 20 years. According to the Airport Commission, it all stems from an incident last Wednesday. That's when Roberts was in a meeting with outside contractors. Friday he was placed on administrative leave, and two days later, Roberts abruptly announced his retirement.
"An incident at the airport office last Wednesday led to the events that culminated in the retirement". That is the official statement from the Lafayette Airport Commission on the sudden retirement of Greg Roberts. Commissioner Matt Cruse says Roberts is cooperating, but for now, the commission is keeping quiet about exactly what happened. "I really can't comment on the specifics of the case because it is still under investigation. But no one was harmed, there was no bodily injury or injuries to persons or property that occurred from the incident", says Cruse.
The alleged incident took place near the airport in administrative offices, involving three airport contractors and two members of the staff. The airport has been in the news lately, with plans for expansion and other improvements. We asked Cruse, "You said that this involved third party contractors. Does this involve anything that the airport has been working on, or in the past, or is this an isolated incident?" Cruse responded, "I really can't comment on that. That's part of the investigation moving forward."
The commission is confident various projects will move forward, even without Roberts. "I think as a commission. I think the work he's done here is absolutely important for moving forward", says Cruse. Deputy Director of Aviation Mike Burrows will act as Interim Director for the time being. Cruse says the airport will be conducting a nationwide search for a new director, and airport operation will be business as usual. We reached out to Greg Roberts for comment, but he did not return our phone calls.