Owensboro Airport Board Deciding Manager's Future Following Arrest

Feb 2, 2021

Rob Barnett, director of the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport, is charged with impersonating a peace officer.
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The board of directors for the Owensboro-Daviess County Airport has scheduled a closed session meeting Tuesday afternoon following the arrest of the airport’s director. 

Rob Barnett is charged with impersonating a peace officer, a felony. The Daviess County Sheriff’s Department responded to a disturbance at Barnett’s home last week.

According to the arrest report, Barnett’s 14-year-old daughter called 911 to report he was intoxicated and threatening to physically assault her. The juvenile said there were guns in the home and that she and her siblings feared for their safety. 


Barnett, 47, allegedly yelled obscenities at deputies before waving a badge and claiming he was a Warren County Sheriff’s deputy. According to the Warren County Sheriff’s Department, Barnett was once a special deputy, but was never a paid employee and should not have been in possession of a badge from their office. 

Barnett was place under arrest. He has since posted bond. 

Barnett has led the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport since 2018. He previously headed the airport in Bowling Green for nearly two decades.