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Posted on: January 20, 2017

Horrigan and Spanos Announce Appointment of Manager of Airports


Pictured from left to right: Vince Horrigan, Chautauqua County Executive; Ronald Almeter, Manager of Airports; and George Spanos, Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities Director.


JAMESTOWN, N.Y.: -- Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan and Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities Director George Spanos have announced the appointment of Ronald Almeter as the new Manager of Airports for Chautauqua County.

Almeter begins his new position on January 24, 2017. He will replace former director William Tucker, who resigned from the position in December 2016.  

“I am very pleased to welcome Ron Almeter to our leadership team,” said Horrigan. “Ron is a versatile and accomplished leader with experience in facilities management, program management, military and intelligence operations, risk management and communications technologies. I believe his strong work ethic and professional background in government and private operations make him a great asset and an excellent fit for the manager of airports position.”

“I am thrilled that Mr. Almeter has accepted the offer to be out next Airport manager,” said Spanos. “Mr. Almeter’s outstanding experience earned our interview committee's confidence and I am confident his experience will bring success to our airports.”

Almeter has over 35 years of senior leadership and facilities management experience as he worked in various private, government and military operations. He is a retired Base Engineer of the United States Army, where he served from 2013 to 2016. He also served as a Program Manager of the United States Air Force from 2010 to 2013, a Facilities Management Officer for the U.S. Department of State from 2007 to 2010, and Project Manager of Zachry Construction Co. from 1997 to 2004. In addition, he served as a Management Generalist for U.S. Government intelligence agencies from 1989 to 1995 and as Special Operations Officer in the United States Navy from 1981 to 1987.

“I am grateful for this opportunity to serve the community in a role that promises great opportunities and poses some persistent challenges,” said Almeter. “Our airports are a valuable and readily leveraged resource to attract visitors and investment to the region and I feel privileged to have a role in the pursuit of those opportunities. I look forward to working with the many government agencies and private sector constituents that collectively manage and operate the national transportation infrastructure and I am committed to advancing the County’s ongoing collaboration with those stakeholders to sustain our piece of that vital infrastructure.”

Almeter earned his Bachelor’s degree in Ocean Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy. He is a Masters candidate in the Systems Engineering Management program at Saint Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. He and his family currently reside in Westfield, N.Y.  


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