Rock Hill-York County Airport Administrator Eric Ramsdell announced his pending retirement Tuesday.
City officials said Tuesday Ramsdell will work through June 28, 2013. That day is also his 65th birthday.
Ramsdell started as Airport Administrator on August 21, 2006. He currently is in his second three-year term on the board of the South Carolina Aviation Association, where he previously served two one-year terms as president. He also is a member of the Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives.
Before his work at the City of Rock Hill, Eric held the position of Manager of Safety and Operations for the National Business Aviation Association in Washington, D.C.
He accepted that position on September 10, 2001, and in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks was instrumental in implementing more stringent security processes.
His major job responsibility was teaching security seminars in conjunction with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Ramsdell spent 22 years, the bulk of his aviation career, as Director of International Flight Operations for United Dominion Industries.
“I look forward to this next chapter, but leaving will be bittersweet,” Ramsdell said in reflection. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my work with the City and appreciate the opportunity I was given.”
“Eric is definitely leaving the airport better than when he started. He brought extensive experience, and a passion for the field of aviation that will be a hard act to follow,” City Manager David Vehaun said.