The appointment of a new executive director of aviation is up for approval by the Killeen City Council today.

Matthew Van Valkenburgh, who was chosen for the post, is currently the assistant director of aviation in McAllen, a city of about 130,000 in the Texas Rio Grande valley.

The airport director position oversees operations at the two city-operated airports: the Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport, the city’s commercial airport, and Skylark Field, the city’s general aviation airport.

Of the 25 people who applied for the position, Van Valkenburgh was one of four applicants the city interviewed, said city spokeswoman Hilary Shine.

If the council approves his appointment, Van Valkenburgh will begin work April 8 and earn an annual salary of $95,000.

At his current position in McAllen, Van Valkenburgh earns $75,000, according to the Texas Tribune employee salary index.

The airport director reports to John Sutton, who held the post from 2005 until October, when he was promoted to assistant city manager-external services.

Since October, Jim Livingston has performed the duties as interim airport director for the city.

Van Valkenburgh holds a master’s of aeronautical science and two bachelor’s degrees. Before taking the position in McAllen in 2008, Van Valkenburgh worked at the El Paso International Airport and Fresno Yosemite International Airport in Fresno, Calif.

Contact Brandon Janes at or (254) 501-7552

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