Sam Arcadipane Jr. has been appointed Chautauqua County airports and parks manager effective Nov. 29.
Arcadipane joins Chautauqua County as a United States Air Force veteran with many years of airport and public office experience. While in the Air Force, he became a certified fire protection specialist at the U.S. Air Force Academy and served as an airman first class and fire inspector. After being honorably discharged in 1974, he later served as a lieutenant with the Jamestown Fire Department from 1977 to 1997. He received his state Fire Officer Certification at FDNY Fire Academy and became the Jamestown fire chief from 1999 to 2001. Arcadipane is also a state-licensed private investigator and is the business principal and founder of Chautauqua Regional Investigations.
"I am excited to have the opportunity to join the Chautauqua County DPF and looking forward to working with all involved to address the challenges that lie ahead in the operations of our airports and parks," said Arcadipane. "With today's economic challenges, we will be reaching out to the community to assist and support these beautiful assets we all share."
Arcadipane will be filling the position of former airport manager Tim Dills, who resigned in October to expand his role as a professional pilot with Cambria Contracting Corporation.
As airport manager, Arcadipane will be in charge of overseeing the daily operations of the two airports and county parks.
"Sam has a long history of working with local, state, and federal agencies including Chautauqua County and the City of Jamestown," said County Executive Greg Edwards. "As Fire Chief he oversaw a $5 million budget, 70 personnel and even worked with the Chautauqua County Airport to update emergency operations planning. These achievements combined with his outstanding leadership and experience will be a significant contribution to our operations and we look forward to having him join our team."
Arcadipane has also served as a member of the Chautauqua County Airport Commission for the past three years. As a member, he worked with former airport managers and other commission members on Airport operations, regulations, and planning and development projects.
"Sam has been an advocate for our airports, an energetic member of the Airport Commission, and instrumental to the opening of the Runway 7 Restaurant and Lounge," said George Spanos, county public facilities director.
Arcadipane earned his associates degree in fire science and police science from Jamestown Community College in 1989. He and his wife live in Gerry.