Officials: West Star Aviation Parts Ways with Brainard
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Sources from West Star Aviation confirm to NewsChannel 5 that newly-sworn in city councilmember Rick Brainard is no longer with West Star Aviation. Officials could not confirm the terms under which the businessman and aviation company parted ways; it is still unclear if he resigned or was fired. Brainard, who was the vice president of business development, worked for West Star for eight years (since May 2005). He worked his way up the company from general manager, to vice president of sales and finally vice president of business development. Prior to his employment with West Star, Brainard work McKinney Aerospace and ElectroSonics/Garrett Aviation. The councilman has been subject to media and public scrutiny following an alleged domestic violence incident with his girlfriend in April. Brainard is being charged with third-degree assault and harassment and is due back in court for a plea and sentencing hearing on May 17 at 4 p.m. Shortly after being sworn-in to Grand Junction City Council Monday, Brainard was appointed to the Grand Junction Economic Partnership board. NewsChannel 5 has reached out to Brainard for comment and has yet to hear back.