Greg Baer as Contra Costa County Airports Manager
Martinez, CA – The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors announced the appointment of Greg Baer as director of airports. In this role, Mr. Baer will manage and operate Buchanan Field and Byron airports. It will also plan the development of future airport facilities, developing and managing a capital improvement and maintenance program. He will take office on May 2, 2022.
Buchanan Field Airport is located in Supervisory District 4 represented by Supervisor Karen Mitchoff. “Buchanan and Byron airports are the epicenter of aviation innovation in the Bay Area and Mr. Baer’s wealth of experience will bring many more exciting partnerships,” said Supervisor Karen Mitchoff, President of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors and Vice Chair of the County Aviation Committee.
Byron Airport is located in Surveillance District 3 represented by Supervisor Diane Burgis. “I am delighted to welcome Greg to our team, and I know he is excited to work with us to continue to expand the use of emerging aviation technologies at Byron Airport and Buchanan Field. We have so many opportunities to create well-paying jobs locally through our proximity to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, and I know Greg will help us continue to leverage our location and facilities,” the supervisor said. Diane Burgis, County President. Airport Committee.
“Contra Costa County, our Public Works Department and both of our airports are thrilled and excited to welcome Greg Baer as their new Airports Manager,” said Brian M. Balbas, Contra Costa County Public Works Manager. . “We welcome Greg to our county family and anticipate that he will continue the incredible work done at our airports and provide leadership in taking airports to new heights in the years to come.”
With more than 20 years of public works experience, including five years in airport management, Mr. Baer was most recently airport manager for Napa County in California. While there, he oversaw and directed $18 million in capital improvement projects. He also served as Assistant Airport Manager for the airport. Previously, he worked for the City of American Canyon, the Department of Public Works and United Airlines.
“I am honored and excited to join the Contra Costa County Airports team,” said Mr. Baer. “I am thrilled to be part of an organization that embraces emerging technologies and innovation. As a longtime Bay Area resident and private pilot, I look forward to working with Contra Costa County residents and airport users to continue the great trajectory of Buchanan Field and the Byron Airport.
Mr. Baer earned his bachelor’s degree in aviation from San Jose State College of Engineering and later earned his master’s degree in public administration from Sonoma State University. In 2018, he received the Herman C. Bliss Partnership Award from the FAA Western Pacific Region. He is also a licensed private pilot.
About the Contra Costa County Public Works Department:
The Contra Costa County Department of Public Works (CCCPWD) maintains over 660 miles of roads, 150 miles of creeks, canals, and other drainages, and over 150 county buildings throughout Contra Costa County. CCCPWD provides services such as parks and recreation, sandbag distribution, and flood control in unincorporated areas of Contra Costa County. CCCPWD operates two airports, Buchanan Field Airport in Concord and Byron