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GREAT FALLS - The director of the Great Falls International Airport says she wants the city to intervene in a dispute between her and the airport's board.

Cynthia Schultz made her case before the City Commission on Tuesday.

The Great Falls Airport Authority Board voted 6-1 in October to terminate Schultz' contract by June 30 and to restart an agreement under revised rules. Schultz, who has held the position for 11 years, has reapplied for the job, which pays her $152,500 annually.

City Commissioner Bill Bronson said the city does not have the authority to intervene. He noted that city and county commissions appoint airport board members, but airport boards hold the power to hire and fire airport directors.

Schultz has said she has been concerned for the last two years about the board's efforts to micromanage the airport rather than rely on the director and her staff. Her attorney also has accused the board of a series of ethical lapses and conflicts of interest - allegations board members denied.

 

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