Britnell promoted to deputy director post at Aviation Authority

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - The Charleston County Aviation Authority has a new deputy director.

Director of Public Safety Al Britnell was named the new deputy director of airports for administration and public safety on Friday. Airports Director Paul Campbell Jr. and CCAA Board Chair Andy Savage made the announcement to the Aviation Authority staff Friday.

Britnell will take off on Monday.

He's replacing Bill New, who retired in April after serving for 18 years, including six years as chief of police and six years as the director of public safety.

"We had several outstanding candidates to choose from. It was a tough decision," Campbell said. "Al's experience with the Aviation Authority over the last 24 years gives him a valuable understanding of airport operations. That combined with his expertise in public safety is a plus for us as during an exciting period of change and growth at the airport."

Britnell joined the Aviation Authority in 1990 as a patrol officer. He earned the title of police chief in 2007 and then to director of public safety four years later.

He is a graduate of Charleston Southern University and previously worked in the Goose Creek Police Department. He was also a member of the U.S. Army light infantry in the 82nd Airborne Division.

"I'm honored and excited for the opportunity to work with the board, Director Campbell and the entire Aviation Authority team as we work to complete the airport's renovation and begin to look forward to the next five to 10 years," Britnell said.