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January 26, 2010

Former airport commissioner says he was 'ousted'

Ada — Ray Quiett, former Ada Airport Commission chairman, said he views being taken off the commission as “being kicked off.”

Quiett, who served on the commission for 30 years, said he believes his replacement, Clyde Leach, will do a capable job but there’s something still not right to him about the situation.

“I don’t know him (Leach) very well but everything I know about him is that he’s a very honorable man. I think he will serve honorably,” Quiett said.

He said council didn’t inform him he was replaced until the decision was made at the council meeting, although one council member told him the item would be on the agenda.

Quiett’s term expired in March 2009. He said he was approached in April about serving another term and agreed to it.

Quiett said he was also re-elected as chairman of the commission one week before Leach was appointed as his replacement.

“I would never question the right of the mayor to appoint a new person in my place but I would question his motives,” Quiett said. “I was never told, ‘You’re filling in until we replace you.’”

“The city council just decided to make a change. Citizens who serve on commissions serve at the city council’s discretion,” Mark Bratcher, public information officer for the city of Ada, said. “We’re looking to go in another direction at the Ada airport and maybe get some other people involved who haven’t had an opportunity. Clyde Leach is an active pilot and he’s involved in the day-to-day operations of the Ada Municipal Airport.”

Quiett said although the city said Leach was appointed because he is an active pilot, only one of the two men the council previously appointed to the commission is an active pilot.

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