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The Moore County Airport Authority has announced that Rick Cloutier from Idaho Falls, Idaho, will serve as the director for the airport, effective Oct. 1. The announcement was made by Mike Jones, chairman of the Moore County Airport Authority. Cloutier will replace current director Ron Maness, who is retiring in October of this year.

New director named for county airport

Rick Cloutier

Cloutier has had a successful career in airport management since 2006 in Maine, North Carolina and in Idaho, where he has developed and executed operations administration plans for the facilities. He oversaw the management at the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport in Maine and later moved to the Concord Regional in Concord, North Carolina, where he was instrumental in developing commercial air service. Most recently, he was the airport director at the Idaho Falls Regional Airport, where he expanded commercial services and developed more than $150 million in airport grants for the facility.

In addition to his hands-on experience running airports, Cloutier has operated airport customer service centers and is familiar with the importance of exemplary customer service at resort destination airports. He is an expert on state Federal Aviation Administration procedures and holds eight different aeronautical certifications. His experience includes working with regional and national industry associations and is highly regarded by airport and aviation industry leaders.

“Rick is a superb choice to lead the Moore County Airport into the future,” said Mike Jones, chairman of the Airport Authority. “His industry knowledge and experience are well-suited to our vision and mission to be one of the best airports in the country. We have great confidence in his performance and high expectations for his future.”

Cloutier served for two decades in the U.S. Marine Corps worldwide as an aircraft mechanic. He is a graduate of the University of Maine, where he earned his degree in public administration.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to return to North Carolina and to have the opportunity to serve as Director for the Moore County Airport,” said Cloutier. “The growth the airport has experienced in the past few years, coupled with the fact that Pinehurst has always been one of the elite golf destinations in the world, opens many opportunities for success for this airport and the community.”

Jones added, “We are thankful for the years of service that Ron Maness has provided the airport during his four separate terms as Director. His energy, leadership and aeronautical expertise has been instrumental in this airport’s growth and prosperity as one the top airports in the state. He will continue to be a valuable resource for Rick and the members for the Airport Authority for the future especially as we head into 2024 with the U.S. Men’s Open Championship being held at Pinehurst. We wish him well on his retirement.”

Cloutier will be relocating to the Pinehurst area with his wife in October. He has two adult children.

Feature photo of Moore County Airport by Sandhills Sentinel photographer Melissa Schaub. 


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