The Valdosta-Lowndes County Airport Authority is a political subdivision of the State of Georgia created by an act of the General Assembly (H.B. No. 893) and was established effective May 1, 1987. The basic responsibility of the Authority is to construct, own, maintain, expand, and operate any and all public airports in Lowndes County. The Authority is charged with establishment, maintenance, and operation of a unified and coordinated airport system for the public welfare, safety, and convenience. The Authority has all the powers necessary or convenient for its purposes, which include power to contract for, lease, acquire, and dispose of any and all property required to accomplish the responsibilities of the Authority. The Authority has the responsibility to properly manage and account for all assets that come into its possession. The operating budget of the Authority shall be funded equally by the City and County from the general revenues of the local governments. The Authority has the responsibility to develop and expand sources of revenue generated by airport operations to reduce the need for local government revenues where such is reasonable and proper.
The Authority is comprised of six members with three appointed by the Mayor and Council of the City of Valdosta and three by the Board of Commissioners of Lowndes County. Authority members serve a term of four years each and until their successors are appointed. Members receive no compensation but may be reimbursed from funds of the Authority for reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in pursuing the business of the Authority. The Authority has the power to appoint and fix the compensation of the Executive Director and such other officers and employees as it considers necessary and appropriate.
- Ronnie Pierce - Term Expires 05/21/21
- Herman Ertlschweiger, Jr. - Term Expires 05/11/18
- Aubrey Fowler, III - Term Expires 05/21/19
- Stephen A. Everett (Chairman) - Term Expires 05/21/18
- Jeff Sikes (Vice Chairman) - Term Expires 05/31/21
- Anthony Payton - Term Expires 05/21/19
- Mayor John Gayle
- Lowndes Co. Commission Chairman Bill Slaughter
The Valdosta-Lowndes County Airport Authority meets the second Wednesday of each month at 8:00 a.m. in the Airport Conference Room located at 1750 Airport Road. View the 2018 Airport Authority Meeting Schedule and Agendas.
Interested in Serving
Any City resident interested in serving on the Valdosta-Lowndes County Airport Authority should submit a completed General Membership Application and a signed Code of Ethics Form to Teresa Bolden, City Clerk, located in the City Manager and Mayor's office in City Hall, 216 East Central Avenue, Valdosta, GA 31601.
For more information, please contact Teresa Bolden, City Clerk, at (229) 259-3503 or E-mail or contact Jim Galloway, Executive Director, Valdosta Regional Airport, at (229) 333-1833 or E-mail, or visit the Valdosta Regional Airport website.