(Joplin, MO) – The City of Joplin is pleased to announce Bart Starkey as the new Airport Manager for Joplin Regional Airport. The position became open upon long-time manager Steve Stockam’s retirement in April of this year.
Starkey has broad management experience from 21 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigations. During this time, he worked in various capacities including as an FBI Pilot in Command and as an FAA-certified instrument rated commercial pilot. In this role, he also worked closely with the Federal Aviation Administration and other aviation-related government entities.
“Bart will be a strong asset to the Joplin airport and the City,” said Dan Johnson, Interim Director of Public Works. “Air service is important to this community for our citizens and businesses and provides a valuable component for economic development. His skills are unique and offer an insight into the airline industry that will be helpful to those utilizing this service.”
Starkey also gained management experience through leadership positions at Sonoco Products Company and the United States Marine Corps.
“I’m excited to serve as the Airport Manager, and I look forward to continuing the quality service that the Joplin Regional Airport is recognized for,” said Starkey. “Southwest Missouri offers many great amenities, and the airport is on that list. I grew up around the airport and it had an enormous impact on my life in my younger years. I remember the airshows and the Ozark Airlines jets waking me up every morning — they were my alarm clock. It is wonderful to be a part of this facility and its operations.”
Starkey joined the City on July 18, 2022. He was raised in the Joplin area and earned degrees from Missouri Southern State University and the University of Arkansas. He and his wife, Stacy, reside in the area and have two adult children.
Lynn Iliff Onstot, Public Information Officer
City of Joplin
417.624.0820, ext. 204