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Mike LaPier no longer Director of Airports

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - As of Friday morning, Horry County's Director of Airports position is vacant.

Mike LaPier was hired as the Director of Airports in 2010 after a lengthy hiring process, but as of Friday, Sept. 13, he no longer fills that position.

Horry County officials have declined to commit on the circumstances, but say the Deputy Director of Airports, Pat Apone, is stepping up as an interim director right now.

Apone has been with Myrtle Beach International Airport for 17 years and was serving as the interim director before Mr. LaPier was hired.

LaPier did not have a contract with the county, and his salary in 2013 was $149,383.52.

LaPier said the decision for him to no longer serve as Director of Airports was "mutual" between himself and the county.

Horry County spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier said the County Administrator is responsible for hiring a new Director of Airports

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