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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — After 34 years of service, Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport’s president and chief executive officer is retiring.

The Birmingham Airport Authority, in a statement last week, said Alfonso Denson will leave his post in the first quarter of 2018, He has served as the CEO for the last 17 years. reports the airport authority has launched a search for Denson’s replacement. The board plans to hire a consultant to assist in the search. Denson had a base salary of $398,549, plus bonuses.

The authority says Denson led many projects during his tenure including modernizing the terminal to provide state-of-the-art amenities needed for passengers and adding a Federal Inspection Station to process international passengers.