Airport Commission

The Airport Commission for the City of Ashland is a separate entity from the City government. It’s like a business within a business. The intention is to oversee all operations of the airport. There is a manager who is hired by the Commission, who may also be a member of the Commission, and additional employees as needed.

About the Commission

The Commission consists of 5 members who are especially interested and knowledgeable in aeronautics. Two members are appointed by the Mayor of the City of Ashland to serve six-year terms each, and two members are appointed by the Chairperson of the County Board, subject to approval, for two-year terms each. 

The fifth member is to be appointed jointly by the City and County of Ashland for a six-year term each. Each member is compensated jointly through the City and County. Once formed, a Chairperson and Secretary are chosen by the five-person group to keep record of the group’s activities and report these to the City and County.


The duties of the Commission include complete and exclusive control and management over the airport for which is has been appointed. All monies appropriated for the construction, improvement, equipment, maintenance, or operation of the airport earned is paid out only on order of the Commission. The Commission and the Airport Manager are to meet at the airport at lease once each calendar quarter at the airport facility.

More Information

If you have questions or are interested in being a part of the Ashland Airport Commission, please don’t hesitate to call the Clerk’s office at 715-682-7071, or complete a volunteer form (PDF) and drop it off at City Hall at:
601 Main Street W
Ashland, WI 54806

You can get information on the JFK Memorial Airport by clicking here.

Members & Term Expiration

Name Position Term Expiration
Lloyd Orensten Mayor Appointment/Chair February 2029
Carol Ortman Mayor Appointment February 2029
John Coffey Joint Appointment February 2029
Richard Huber County Appointment April 2024
Blake Ellefson County Appointment April 2024

JFK Airport Terminal