Dean Selby named new manager of Upper Cumberland Regional Airport

by | April 13, 2017 6:52 am

Last Updated: April 13, 2017 at 6:54 am

Dean Selby

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board has voted unanimously to hire Dean Selby as the new manager of the aviation facility.

During the April 11, 2017, board meeting, Putnam County Executive Randy Porter said board members conducted interviews on March 29, with three potential candidates for the airport manager position. During the interview process, board members reviewed the top three applicants and ranked them for their experience, skill sets, and their performance during the interview.

The board agreed one particular candidate stood out above the rest. Porter, who is serving as chairman of the board, said Dean Selby, of Sparta, was the top candidate. Selby is now employed as the director of properties for Funderburk Management.

Several board members commented about how impressed they were with Selby. Some commented his abilities to lead the airport were promising, as were his numerous skill sets he can offer to the airport.

Selby holds a limited liability electrician and plumbing license with the state. He also holds several Federal Aviation Administration certifications.

In 2013, the FAA recognized Selby with inclusion into the prestigious FAA Airmen Certification database. This database, which appears on the agency’s website at, names Selby as a pilot who has met or exceeded the high educational, licensing and medical standards established by the FAA.

After a brief discussion, the board voted unanimously to hire Selby. His salary was set at $65,000 annually. The government of Putnam County will provide insurance to Selby, and the airport will be responsible for reimbursing Putnam County.

Other items on the agenda included:

-Approval of the previous month’s minutes

-Hearing a presentation from Buddy Dicus, CPA, on the audit report

-Discussing and approving the financial report for the airport

-Hearing an update on the selection process for a new pilot representative for the board.

-Discussing the possibility of the airport taking over the responsibilities of the courtesy cars at the airport that is now being provided by the cities of Cookeville and Sparta.

The next meeting of Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board of Directors will be 5 p.m., May 9.

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