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HOBBS — The New Mexico State Transportation Commission Thursday unanimously approved the appointment of David Ploeger as Aviation Division Director for the State Department of Transportation.
Gov. Bill Richardson appointed Ploeger to the post to replace retiring Director Thomas Baca, who has held the position since 2004.
“With more than 11 years of experience managing airports in both New Mexico and Virginia, this Commission has full confidence in Ploeger’s ability to lead the Department’s Aviation Division,” Transportation Commission Chairman Johnny Cope said.
“While we are sad to see Mr. Baca go, we wish him well on his future endeavors,” said Transportation Secretary Gary L.J. Girón. “I have no doubt that Mr. Ploeger’s previous experience and successes will serve him well in this new position and I look forward to working with him.”
Ploeger most recently worked as the airport manager at Los Alamos Airport. Under his leadership, the airport was named as New Mexico Airport of the year in 2005.
Before this, he served as the manager at the Dinwiddie County Airport in Petersburg, Va., from 1997-2005. Ploeger also served in the United States Navy as a commanding officer in Pensacola, Fla., an air officer on the U.S.S. George Washington from 1992-1994 and as the division director of the chief of naval operations staff in Washington D.C.
Ploeger is a current member of the American Association of Airport Executives and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association; he has served as president of the New Mexico Airport Managers Association and vice president of the Virginia Airport Operators’ Council.