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Airport Director Roy Sieger staying in Flagler, rescinds resignation letter

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Sieger will be recognized at a County Commission meeting Monday, Aug. 17, for runway safety improvements recently recognized with a Florida Department of Transportation award.

The following is a news release from the Flagler County Communications office:

Airport Director Roy Sieger isn’t leaving on a jet plane after all, and will remain in Flagler County.

He sent an email Wednesday to Joe Mayer, human resources director, and to Deputy County Administrator Sally Sherman asking to rescind his letter of resignation dated July 23. He said he withdrew his acceptance of the position as Manager or General Aviation at the Hillsborough County Airport Authority.

“I look forward to many more productive years as part of the Flagler Team,” Sieger said.

It’s a happy announcement for Flagler County.

“We have so many important projects going on at the airport that require his expertise,” Administrator Craig Coffey said. “We acquired more than 60,000 square feet at the airport that will accommodate about 30 tenants. We just got Delta Engineering and have another new business on the agenda for Monday’s meeting, and we have an $8 million runway relocation project that will begin in 2016.”

County Commission Chairman Frank Meeker said word of Sieger’s decision is like “Christmas in August.”

“Roy is a wonderful asset, so I’m glad he decided to stay,” Meeker said.

Sieger was named General Aviation Manager of the year for 2012 by the Federal Aviation Administration within the Southern Region.

He will be honored at Monday’s County Commission meeting, as the Florida Department of Transportation recently awarded the runway safety area improvements at the Flagler Executive Airport “project of the year.”

It was necessary to enhance the runway safety area because of the increases the airport has seen in its number, size and types of aircraft operations. Construction of the $2.3 million project began in 2013 with a phasing plan that minimized the impacts of the airport operations.

“Roy has overseen a lot of great projects at the airport including the improvements to the runway safety areas for Runway 06-24,” Coffey said.

Sieger was offered $120,000 annually to make the move to Hillsborough County. He will remain in Flagler County for his current salary of $101,000.

“He will get a raise down the road, but everything is staying the same right now,” Coffey said. “His pay will increase over a period of time. We are also pursuing senior retirement for him.”

The “senior management service class” is part of the Florida Retirement System. Each county is allotted 10 of these positions and Sieger’s would be the 10th within Flagler County.

The contribution rate paid by the county is higher for those in Senior Management.

“It’s a little better benefit,” Coffey said.

Revenues from the Flagler Executive Airport are used to pay for operational costs, including employment, for projects and for debt service.

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