George Spanos to retire as Chautauqua County, N.Y., Public Facilities Department Director August 15 after 31 years with the county

August 7, 2018: George Spanos is scheduled to retire as the Director of the Chautauqua County, N.Y., Department of Public Facilities on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. Spanos started his career with the county government on March 23, 1987, as a Junior Engineer. After seventeen years at the Public Facilities Department, he was appointed as the department’s Director on August 28, 2004. Throughout his career, Spanos has been responsible for overseeing the county’s Divisions of Airports and Parks, Buildings and Grounds; the Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System (CARTS); Engineering; Solid Waste; and Transportation. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the methane to electric plant at the county landfill and its expansion; the creation of the Millennium Parkway in Dunkirk; the completion of the runway extension project at the Dunkirk Airport and the runway safety area at the Jamestown Airport; the jail expansion; and the construction of the new transportation shops in Falconer and Sherman. Spanos has also been a champion of shared services. He has worked with municipal highway departments to develop shared services agreements where the county and municipalities can share equipment and work together to complete surface treatment projects. He also helped establish a shared fueling system for the county’s fleet and participating school districts, municipalities, and police departments. Spanos has also been a Member of the Chautauqua County Town and Village Highway Superintendents Association. He was also the President of the New York State County Highway Superintendents Association in 2017, where he advocated for state resources to maintain roads, bridges, and culverts.

Attribution: Chautauqua County

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