REDMOND, Ore. -

The city of Redmond announced late Wednesday that Jeffrey Tripp has been hired as the new Airport Director for Roberts Field Municipal Airport.

Tripp most recently held the position of airport manager for the City of Prescott, Arizona. He earned a Master of Aeronautical Science in Aviation and Aerospace Safety Systems and a Bachelor’s in Aviation Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

“I have been very impressed by the level of commitment and investment the community has made in the airport and am looking forward to continuing enhancing the airport’s role as an economic engine for the region,” Tripp said.

Redmond City Manager Keith Witcosky said, "We wanted a leader who eats, sleeps and drinks airports, and Jeff Tripp is that guy. We are very fortunate to have found someone with such passion for airports, matched with the experience to support and develop the airport team.”

In addition to overseeing the daily operations, Jeffrey will be responsible for the continued development of commercial air service, enhancing revenues and promoting airport business activities, and delivering top notch customer service.

“Redmond City Council has tasked us to establish Redmond Municipal Airport as the best airport of its size in the country. It’s a bastion for commerce and economic activity -- Jeff is very well equipped to carry forward the momentum created by his predecessors,” Witcosky added.

“He is ready for this position, and Central Oregon is fortunate to get this rising star in our region,” notes Mike Boggs, Central Oregon Air Service Team member.

Tripp will begin work June 2. His selection follows an extensive search which attracted applicants from across the globe.