After resigning from the city-parish, interim airport director Ralph Hennessy will take a new job with engineering and planning consulting firm Michael Baker International in their Baton Rouge office.
Hennessy will work on aviation projects throughout the Gulf Coast region, the company announced in a Tuesday morning news release.
Frustrated after spending a year and a half as interim aviation director, Baton Rouge airport chief Ralph Hennessy announced Friday that he's …
Hennessy served as the assistant aviation director at the Metro Airport for over a decade. When former chief Anthony Marino stepped down in 2016, he hoped to take over.
While always seen as a strong contender, the Metro Council decided to hire consultants to perform a national search for a permanent replacement for Marino. After waiting a year and a half, Hennessy last week decided to take the private sector job, saying it was too good an opportunity to pass up.
He will join the firm as the Aviation Services Group Lead for the state of Louisiana, securing funding for capital projects and advising on new business development, strategic planning, allocation planning and operational excellence, the Michael Baker release states.
Meanwhile, the Metro Council is on schedule to hire a permanent airport director on August 8. No one has yet been selected to oversee operations between Hennessy's departure around May 10 and the installation of a new leader.
Baton Rouge is scheduled to hire a new director of the Metro Airport on Aug. 8 following the resignation of its temporary leader.