Hardy Acree, the man who oversaw the recent $1 billion Sacramento International Airport expansion, has announced his retirement after 13 years as head of the county's airport system.
Acree, who arrived in 1999, plans to leave county service on Dec. 15, an airport spokeswoman said.
Acree could not be reached for comment, but has told friends and county colleagues he intends to maintain a role in the aviation industry post-retirement.
Acree managed the county effort to plan, finance and construct the project known as "The Big Build," a major airport expansion completed last year. It included a new central Terminal B and separate concourse building, replacing the old Terminal B complex, which has been torn down.
Acree previously worked as deputy director for the Houston Airport System, airport manager for Anchorage International Airport, and operations manager for Philadelphia International Airport. He is past chair of Airports Council International - North America.
Sacramento County spokeswoman Chris Andis said county officials will launch a national search for a replacement. The Sacramento County Airport system also includes Sacramento Executive Airport, Mather Airport and Franklin Field.
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