Jemille Charlton, an attendant at East Hampton Airport since 2013, is expected to be appointed the new airport manager at a meeting of the East Hampton Town Board tonight. Mr. Charlton will replace Jim Brundige, the airport manager for the last decade, who is retiring.
Mr. Charlton will take the post immediately, working with Mr. Brundige until the outgoing manager’s last day, Oct. 17, Town Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez said Tuesday. She said the new manager has “a solid background in aviation, impeccable credentials, and deep roots in our community.”
Mr. Charlton, an East End native, has served for the last 15 years in the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing, stationed at Westhampton Beach, with which he is an aerospace maintenance craftsman crew chief. The 33-year-old attended New York Military Academy, the Community College of the Air Force, and Suffolk County Community College, and will graduate in May from the Dowling College School of Aviation with a degree in airport management. At East Hampton Airport, he has worked as a lineman for Sound Aircraft Services and as a representative for East Hampton Airlines.
The appointment comes at a time when the future of the airport — and the potential adoption of restrictions to curb aircraft noise across the region — has been an ongoing matter of debate.
In a press release, Mr. Charlton said he was honored to take the position. “I believe we can take our airport into the future while maintaining our East End quality of life,” he said. “As a community, we must think rationally and responsibility to ensure the stability of our East End for generations to come.”