After thirty-two years of service to the Central Illinois Regional Airport (CIRA), Donald G. Schneider, Deputy Director of Security and Special Projects, will retire as of May 31, 2016. Mr. Schneider began his career at the former Bloomington-Normal Airport in February 1984. His many and varied responsibilities through the years have included the supervision of maintenance and operations, the oversight and development of the airport ‘s security program, FAA Part 139 compliance, construction management on the airfield, grounds and terminal projects; and the creation and execution of a successful farm management program.
In the transition from a pre and post 9-11 airport security environment, Mr. Schneider assisted in implementing and coordinating the newly formed TSA into the airport’s facilities and served as the TSA liaison and Airport Security Director until his retirement. Construction projects administered and directed by Mr. Schneider have included the airport’s primary Runway 2/20, the rehabilitation of Runway 11/29 and all taxiways, the Airport Fire Station and the new terminal building as well as numerous other projects.
Mr. Schneider’s significant contributions helped lead to the maturation of a small municipal airport on Bloomington’s east side to a vibrant, successful commercial airport serving all of Central Illinois.