Tackett will first focus on learning what all of the committees on the board do before he sets any of his priorities, he said.
"As a new member I have a lot to learn," Tackett said.
Tackett was not the only new member sworn in on Wednesday. Allen Holder, the director of the Lincoln County 911 Center, also attended his first meeting on Wednesday.
Holder is the Lincoln County Commission appointee who is taking over a position left vacant when former board member Lawrence Barrett died almost two years ago.
Atkinson also believes Holder will be an asset to the board because of his experience with emergency operations.
Board members weren't the only new addition discussed at Wednesday's meeting.
Authority board members also cut the ribbon for the airport's newest amenity -- the Kanawha Cafe.
The cafe, which is run by Better Foods Inc., the parent company of Tudor's Biscuit World and Gino's Pizza, will serve passengers who have already made their way through security at the airport, Atkinson said.
The airport will offer hot panini sandwiches and specialty coffee to travelers. The cafe will also offer cold sandwiches, salads, bagels, muffins along with wine and beer, he said.
Previously, travelers had to leave the secured portion of the airport to eat in the Tudor's/Gino's, Atkinson said. They would then have to move back through security to get to their plane's gate, he said.
This was not popular with those moving through Yeager Airport.
"When passengers get through security they want to relax," he said.
Better Foods Inc. paid to renovate a portion of the departure lounge to turn it into the cafe, Atkinson said.
"This is a service amenity that travelers have really wanted here," he said.
The cafe had a soft opening about two weeks ago. Since then, passengers have been giving the cafe rave reviews, Atkinson said.Contact writer Paul Fallon at paul.fal...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4817. Follow him at www.twitter.com/PaulBFallon.