A former airport director from northern California was hired as interim manager at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport this week.

Rod Dinger will begin work on Monday.

Following the resignation of both the manager and acting manager in the past three months, the airport commission moved quickly to find a short-term manager. A search has been under way for a permanent manager since former manager Sean Flynn resigned in December under pressure.

Former assistant manager Deborah Potter, who has been acting manager since September, announced her resignation last month.

Mr. Dinger was most recently the airport director for Redding, Calif., which owns and manages two airports. He worked there for 25 years before retiring in December. He will be paid $11,000 per month, with housing and a vehicle also provided.

Airport commission vice chairman Robert Rosenbaum said this week that the Federal Aviation Administration and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division had strongly recommended the hiring of an interim manager with certification as an accredited airport executive.

“They were very clear that muddling through was not something they thought was appropriate,” Mr. Rosenbaum said. “We really didn’t think so either.”

Mr. Dinger is not a candidate for the permanent job.

Mr. Rosenbaum said the hope is to have a new manager in place by Memorial Day.

Meanwhile, at their monthly meeting Wednesday, Dukes County commissioners appointed Don Ogilvie and Kristin Zern to three-year terms on the airport commission.

The appointments mark a complete turnover in the airport commission, following two years of internal turmoil and legal action between the county commission and the airport commission. Over the past two years, the county commission has replaced all seven airport commissioners.

Before the vote, county commissioners outlined the qualities they were looking for in new appointees.

“It’s been stressful at the airport,” said commissioner Gretchen Tucker Underwood. “I’m looking for someone that can be aware of that situation. I’m looking for someone who is innovative and looking for new approaches to airport management. I’m looking for somebody who is open minded.”

“I’m looking for diversity,” said commission vice-chairman David Holway. “All the appointments we make should reflect the makeup of the Island.”

Seven commissioners voted for Ms. Zern; six voted for Mr. Ogilvie.

Ms. Zern is executive director of the Association of Travel Marketing Executives, with a background in sales and marketing.

In her interview before the commission, she said she would focus on customer service issues at the airport. She lives in West Tisbury.

Mr. Ogilvie, also of West Tisbury, is a pilot and a retired financial executive who served in government, the private sector and academia. He was an associate dean at the Yale University School of Management, headed the American Bankers Association, and served in the administration of President Gerald Ford, before his retirement in 2005.

He told commissioners during his interview that he would bring the perspective of a pilot with 46 years of experience flying different kinds of aircraft, and flying into hundreds of airports.

Also at the meeting, county commissioners balked at approving a grant assurances contract for the airport, a condition of receiving $600,000 in grant funds from the FAA for new snow removal equipment.

Commissioners agreed to send the documents to their attorney for a second review.

Previous grant assurances were a factor in a legal tussle between the county and the airport over control and authority at the Island’s only commercial airport.

Commissioner Lenny Jason Jr. was a chief critic this week.

“You know how much money these grant assurances cost this county,” he said, referring to the previous lawsuit. “Let’s do it right. I’m questioning why we’re going to sign something for 20 years.”

“To get the money you have to agree,” said commissioner Leon Brathwaite. “I agree we might want to look at it, but I think we will be signing it.”

But Mr. Holway said: “You may be signing it, doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll be signing it.”

The commission agreed to continue the discussion at their next meeting on April 6.