Art Morris, who has served as Dothan Regional Airport's director for 33 years, will step down from the role and into “semi-retirement” beginning July 1.
The Dothan-Houston County Airport Authority announced that Morris will remain with the airport in an advisory role. Deputy director Adam Hartzog will assume the director position beginning next Monday.
In an interview with the Eagle, Morris noted he will stay on as an advisor full-time until December. Afterward he will serve in a part-time advisory role while working with the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce in another part-time role.
Morris will report to Hartzog in his new role as advisor and special projects coordinator but will have a more flexible schedule that allows him to work with other community organizations.
Hartzog graduated from Auburn University in 2012 and has served as DRA's deputy director since November 2014. He has managed airport operations, Federal Aviation Agency compliance programs, and construction projects while also contributing to budget management and public relations.
“I recruited Adam in 2014 knowing that one day he would probably step up and take my place," Morris said. "He is the best deputy director that anyone could ask for, and he will be the best airport director that Dothan has had.
"I am grateful for the opportunity that the airport authority has afforded to me and for their vision in hiring Adam to succeed me."