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Independence airport manager to leave at end of September

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The manager of an eastern Iowa airport is leaving at the end of September, after asking the city council to cancel his future contracts.

Jonathan Walter is the president and owner of Walter Aviation at the Independence Municipal Airport.  He started the business in 2012.  According to the Walter Aviation website, they provide flight lessons, fuel, maintenance and tours, among many services. 

At the Independence City Council meeting on July 24, Walter asked the council to cancel his contracts, effective September 30th.  In a letter read aloud at the meeting, harassment from a few members of the community seemed to be the reason for Walter wanting to leave.  However, KWWL spoke with Walter on the phone Friday, and he declined to go into detail about his reason for leaving.

The council granted Walter's request, approving it unanimously, but not without expressing regret.  His mom addressed the council during the meeting about how upsetting the situation has been.

"He was undermined in many ways for no reason.  And this affects more than just Jonathan.  The comments people say, and the actions.  He has grandparents, he has a lot of family and friends - he grew up here.  It doesn't just affect Jonathan; it affects a lot of people," said Lisa Walter.

The entire meeting can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/JrxSdjtR5yg

Walter will now be moving his entire operation to Perry, Iowa. KWWL spoke with Independence City Manager, Al Roder, Thursday, who said the city council is having a work session Monday evening to begin trying to figure out what's going to be the next step.

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