Anchorage airport manager dismissed ahead of retirement

Published: Oct. 10, 2017 at 1:18 PM AKDT
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John Parrot, who has overseen operations of the Anchorage International Airport for the past 10 years, has been dismissed by the office of the governor, with no indication as to why.

Parrot was scheduled to retire on Nov. 1. According to John Binder, the state deputy commissioner of transportation who is now doing Parrot's job in the interim, no one can say why the decision was made to remove him ahead of that date.

"I'm the airport manager in the interim," said Binder. "He has some personal time, some personal days. And he's on one of those today."

When asked if Parrot was actually gone for good, Binder said that he is "no longer in that role" and that while his office wasn't cleaned out yet, it will be in the coming weeks.

Binder said that the office of Gov. Bill Walker Walker's office notified Parrot of the decision on Monday. "I do know it had nothing to do with his performance, and that they said he had done a great job in the role. I believe the way it was put was that they would 'continue the progression of his administration.'"

KTUU reached out to Walker's office, and a spokesperson said they could not provide the reason as to why Parrot was relieved early.

"It's a personnel matter, so I can't comment on it," said Jonathan Taylor, the deputy communications director for Walker. "But I can say that we thank John for his many years of service to Alaska."