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Remynse resigns from Dickinson airport: Authority seeks replacement for departing regional manager

Press Photo by Nadya Faulx Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport manager Matthew Remynse works in his office Tuesday after announcing his resignation to Airport Authority board members.

The Dickinson Municipal Airport Authority is searching for a new airport manager after Matthew Remynse announced his resignation Tuesday.

Remnyse will be taking over as Assistant Marketing and Operations Manager at the Bismarck Airport after eight years with the Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport.

He said his successor will have a “lot of branches they’re going to have to climb” as the airport grows.

“The biggest challenge will be the advancement of a new runway,” he said. “They’ll have to have a really good relationship with the engineer and get the airport from Point A to Point B.”

Remynse started at the airport as an intern under previous manager Charity Speichventually promoted to interim manager and later to manager.

Since the University of North Dakota graduate began working at the airport, it has grown from transporting a little more than 5,600 passengers in 2006 to almost 24,000 in 2012. The next manager will have to oversee an increasing budget, increasing size — construction will begin on a double-stall garage later this year — and an increasing staff.

The airport recently added an additional daily flight to Denver and Minneapolis each. As neighboring airports expand their flight services — Williston’s Sloulin Field International Airport will begin offering daily flights to Houston in August, and American Airlines will offer service to Chicago O’Hare and Dallas-Fort Worth from Bismarck Airport starting in October — Dickinson’s airport authority will have to work to “make sure we remain competitive in that area,” Remynse said.

“There are so many things that I have on my plate,” he said. The next manager is “going to have to be a multi-tasker.”

Airport Authority board members “hate to see” Remynse leave, but they’re “not surprised to see it happen,” chairman Jon Frantsvog said.

“Matt has grown even faster than the airport,” he said. “It was only a matter of time. I’m surprised we got eight years out of him.”

The board will finalize a selection committee to choose Remynse’s replacement at its June 11 meeting. The job has already been posted on the American Association of Airport Executives website and with North Dakota Job Service.

With the high cost of living in the area, Frantsvog, who helped hire both Remynse and Speich, said it might be difficult attracting candidates to Dickinson. Still, he expects a good number of candidates to apply for the job.

“What we have going for us this time is the jet service and the prospect of additional services,” Fratsvog said. “Candidates look to see, is it a dynamic community? Is it a contracting community?”

Remynse will be on hand to help the committee with its initial candidates before his last day on June 13.

For now, he is tying up loose ends, like having a fence moved and soliciting bids for upcoming construction projects.

“It’s starting to hit me,” he said of his departure. “But I can keep myself so busy. I don’t really think about it.”