February 21, 2012
ROCHESTER— Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks today appointed Michael A. Giardino (CNCS 2001) as director of aviation for Monroe County’s Greater Rochester International Airport.
Giardino’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Monroe County Legislature and will be addressed in the March committee cycle and subsequently at the April meeting of the full Legislature. Giardino will also be subject to appointment as the executive director of the Monroe County Airport Authority at a future meeting of the Authority Board. Giardino is slated to assume his new role within 30 days.
Giardino, a retired United States Navy Commander, has over two decades of military experience in the fields of aviation program planning, emergency preparedness and community relations, in addition to financial, facilities, and human resources management. Giardino’s appointment follows an intensive national search process that yielded more than 100 applicants.
Prior to his retirement in 2011, Giardino served as the executive officer and deputy commander of Naval Air Station Key West, Fla., which supports operational and readiness requirements for the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, National Guard units, federal agencies and allied forces.Before accepting his post to Naval Air Station Key West in 2007, Giardino served as chief of air operations (Kabul) and lead planner (Kandahar) during two deployments over the course of three years, where he supervised all North Atlantic Treaty Organization allied command air operations in Afghanistan.
“With over 20 years of experience in aviation operations, financial management and emergency preparedness, Commander Michael Giardino is both eminently qualified and tremendously prepared to serve Monroe County as director of aviation,” said Brooks.
Giardino is a graduate of Charlotte High School. He lives in Rochester’s Charlotte neighborhood.