Bill New should be flattered.

More than 160 people have applied to replace him as deputy director at Charleston County Aviation Authority.

Resumes came from local residents and as far away as Alaska, said Paul Campbell, director of Charleston County's three airports, including Charleston International, the state's busiest.

"We have a really good selection of resumes," he said. "It goes to show how attractive Charleston is across the nation, and even some local people see the airport as a nice career, even with some bad publicity."

Campbell was referring to recent controversy involving Aviation Authority attorney Arnold Goodstein and some members of the public who question his legal service without a contract.

Campbell, with other senior staff members including New, are reviewing the resumes and hope to narrow them down to about 10 by mid-March. Interviews and second interviews would be completed by mid-April.

"We want someone to come on board in May so they can work with Bill for a couple of months," he said.

Campbell will make the final decision, not the 13-member Aviation Authority board, which hires only the director and the attorney.

New will retire June 30. He started at the airport as police chief in 1995 before moving up deputy airports director in 2007. Prior to that, he served 21 years with North Charleston Police Department.

Although New serves as deputy director, he earns the salary of former airports director Sue Stevens before she resigned in July. Board members boosted his payroll by $36,000 in September. He receives $211,000 a year. Campbell, the director, earns $192,000 a year.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.