Franklin County, Pa., native named Hagerstown Regional Airport director


Garrison Plessinger

Garrison A. Plessinger has been named the next director of the Hagerstown Regional Airport.

He will take over the role on Nov. 5 after being unanimously approved by the Washington County Commissioners.

Plessinger succeeds Airport Director Phil Ridenour. Ridenour is retiring, but he will work part time from Nov. 19 to Feb. 16 to aid in the transition, according to an email from county spokeswoman Danielle Weaver.

Plessinger, a native of St. Thomas in neighboring Franklin County, Pa., is a graduate of James Buchanan High School in Mercersburg, Pa., according to a county news release. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Southern Utah University.

He will be moving to Washington County with his family.

Plessinger most recently served as a network planning analyst for American Airlines in Fort Worth, Texas. In that job, he was  responsible for managing airline scheduling for major airports, operational reliability, maintaining operational budgets, adhering to operational requirements and guidelines, staffing levels to support operations, capacity planning and feasibility studies. He also has been involved in coordinating runway and terminal construction, equipment inventories and marketing.

County officials are planning to expand the passenger holding area at the airport terminal north of Hagerstown.

“I am very excited to be appointed to the position and appreciate the opportunity to serve Washington County in the capacity of Airport Director,” Plessinger said in the county release. “I look forward to returning to Washington County to continue moving forward the initiatives already set in place by Mr. Ridenour.”

Ridenour, in the release, said Plessinger brings a “fresh opinion to air operations and I feel he will be a true asset to the airport and Washington County. I look forward to working with him and assisting in his growth at the airport.”