Fly away home, Biery resigns; Airport board to search for new manager
WAXAHACHIE - Midway Regional Airport Manager Andy Biery resigned effective Friday, Sept. 9 according to a statement issued by the city of Waxahachie from The Mid-Way Airport Board of Directors.
“Andy has been a tremendous asset to the Airport and in furthering the goals of both cities and the Airport Board. Andy is certainly leaving both communities with an Airport that is positioned for a bright future. I appreciate Andy’s dedication and hard work and wish him the very best,” said Waxahachie Assistant City Manager Michael Scott.
Since his career began with Mid-Way in March 2009, after former Manager Cam Fearis resigned, Biery has been in the public limelight for reporting the cost of the runway extension to be $7 million more than he originally reported, resulting in Biery admitting to the total $14 million projected costs with Midlothian and Waxahachie to only pay five percent.
More recently, Biery made headlines after getting into a heated phone call with another long time employee, Brad Wrezenski, filing a complainant with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office for a warrant to be issued before backing down. According to the complaint filed with the ECSO, the suspect threatened to kill Biery.
“The success of Mid-Way Regional Airport for the next twenty years is a direct result of the thoughtful hard work that Andy has put in over the last two-and-a-half years,” said Chairman of the airport’s Board of Directors Paula Baucum.
“He has been a great team player with the board, helping to establish the airport as a catalyst for Economic Development for both Waxahachie and Midlothian.”
During his tenure as airport manager, Biery helped to oversee the facility’s recent runway expansion, which expanded the runway to 6,500 feet in length. The new runway allows for larger aircraft to use the Mid-Way Airport. He also oversaw the beginning of the current terminal renovation project, scheduled to be completed in December.
The Airport’s Board of Directors will soon begin a formal search for a new airport manager. The position will include responsibilities such as overseeing capital improvements to the airport, managing daily operations, executing board policies and decisions and other duties as assigned.
Mid-Way Regional Airport opened in October 1992 as a joint venture between the cities of Midlothian and Waxahachie in an effort to serve the rapidly growing area.
The exact cause of Biery’s resignation is unknown as of press time.