Airport manager Sean Flynn resigns following negotiated settlement

Updated at 3:07 p.m. on December 2 with additional reports

The Martha’s Vineyard Airport Commission met on Wednesday morning. After an hour and a half of executive session, the committee met again in public session. Commission President Myron Garfinkle said the commission had reached a negotiated deal with airport manager Sean Flynn and made a brief statement to the press.

“The Martha’s Vineyard Airport Commission and Mr. Flynn have reached a mutually negotiated agreement regarding his employment with the commission,” the statement said. “Sir. Flynn has resigned as an airport manager in order to pursue other professional and personal interests. The commission looks forward to focusing on the business at hand to continue to provide the traveling public with a safe, efficient and effective experience. pleasant, and thanked Mr. Flynn for his 22 years of service at the airport.

Commissioners Beth Toomey, Norman Perry, Richard Michelson, Christine Todd and Clarence “Trip” Barnes were also present at the meeting. Robert Rosenbaum participated by telephone. They voted 7-0 to approve the settlement agreement. Mr. Flynn and his lawyer, Harry Beach, were not present.

In addition, the statement said the commission is beginning the process of finding a new airport manager and is excited to build a new aircraft rescue and firefighting facility and an aircraft firefighting facility. snow removal equipment storage building.

“We are delighted to have a cooperative working relationship with the FAA and MassDOT,” the statement said.

He also said the commission looks forward to working with the revitalized airport business park tenants association, the new experimental aircraft association, the IMC club chapter leadership and sharing the master plan with the Vineyard community.

“With our vision firmly focused on the future, your Martha’s Vineyard Airport Commission is challenged and excited by the opportunities we face,” the statement concluded.

On Wednesday morning, Mr. Garfinkle did not respond to questions regarding the terms of Mr. Flynn’s resignation. Mr. Flynn and Mr. Beach could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

Agreement conditions

On Wednesday afternoon, Deborah Potter, deputy airport manager, provided the Times with the settlement agreement and release. In the press release, signed on November 27 by Mr. Flynn, it is indicated that his termination of employment is effective as of November 4. He said he had until December 4 to revoke his acceptance of the deal. His formal resignation will be effective after that, on December 5th.

The press release stated that Mr. Flynn would receive his saved time, valued at $ 50,015, in addition to severance pay in the amount of $ 185,684. Part of the deal between Mr. Flynn and the commission is a no-prosecution commitment, in which Mr. Flynn releases all rights to bring legal action against the committee, the Dukes County commission, the director County of Dukes or the Treasurer of County of Dukes. The same applies vice versa; the commission agrees not to prosecute Mr. Flynn.

The agreement also stipulated that Mr. Flynn and the commission would abide by the statement provided by Mr. Garfinkle on Wednesday morning, and that Mr. Flynn “will not make any statement or induce anyone to make statements that are professionally or personally derogatory about the matter. of the Commission. “

The agreement specifically stated that it was not intended and should not be construed as an admission by the Commission, and said: “The Commission specifically denies committing an unlawful or unlawful act in relation to Mr. Flynn, , or termination thereof ”, or has violated any federal or state rule or law.

The same applied to Mr. Flynn. “Sir. Flynn specifically denies committing any unreasonable, improper or unlawful act or omission in the course of his work as an airport manager or his airport management; specifically denies breaching his employment contract with Commission ”or violated any law or rule concerning its employment or the management of the airport.

Long-standing negotiation

In September, in a special closed-door meeting, commissioners voted to put Mr. Flynn on paid administrative leave. The vote followed Mr Garfinkle’s behind-the-scenes, and ultimately unsuccessful, efforts to strike a separation deal with Mr Flynn. Negotiations began following an annual FAA inspection in May that highlighted a long overdue Rescue and Fire Fighting Vessel (ARFF) construction project, the lack of a wildlife management plan and inadequate trail markings which prompted Mr. Garfinkle to write a letter from the FAA. investigation.

At that time, Mr Flynn said the efforts to oust him were the result of the long and debilitating battle between the Dukes County Commission and its appointed airports commission, and violated the terms of his contract. He promised a costly legal battle if there was no resolution.

The September vote formalized Mr. Flynn’s status, which had not been clear for more than seven weeks. Deputy Airport Manager Deborah Potter has taken on the role of Acting Airport Manager.

Mr. Flynn first became an airport manager in 2005. He was in the fifth month of a new three-year contract effective July 1, which paid him $ 138,882 per year.

This story was updated at 3:07 p.m. on December 2 with additional reporting.

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