TRENTON — In 1978, Bob Cossette had been working administrative jobs for Hancock County for a year and a half when the county hired him to manage the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton. At the time, the airport operated on a $28,000 annual budget and took in $1,500 in revenue, leaving taxpayers to make up the difference.
When he retires on Aug. 31, three days after his 63rd birthday, he will walk away from a job he has loved for 31 years and hand over an entirely self-sustaining airport that operates on $750,000 a year and brings in revenue that covers all costs and adds a little each year to the airport’s reserve fund.
Cossette remembers his interview with county commissioners for the manager position. When asked about his goals for the job, he said he wanted to make the airport financially self-sustaining. The commissioners laughed.
But for the past dozen years, Cossette has enjoyed the last laugh.
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