The County of Humboldt is taking its airport system to new heights, and Cody Roggatz will be the person to lead the way. On Tuesday, Aug. 21 the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to formally appoint Roggatz, currently the Transportation Director for the City of Aberdeen, South Dakota, as the county’s Director of Aviation. Roggatz is set to begin serving on Monday, September 24.
Roggatz’s appointment will coincide with the re-creation of the county’s Department of Aviation since. Aviation was its own department from roughly 1953 to 1958, at which point it became a division within the Public Works Department. However, county staff will bring an agenda item to the Board later this month that will allow Aviation to become its own department again, giving the new department more autonomy as well as a direct reporting relationship to the Board for its director. The department will continue to manage one commercial airport, the California Redwood Coast – Humboldt County Airport, and five general aviation airports. Roggatz and the department will also work closely with the Aviation Advisory Committee, which provides guidance on aviation matters within the county.
Roggatz has more than 13 years of experience in the aviation industry. He has worked on a wide variety of capital improvement projects at previous airports he has served, including: Runway, Taxiway, Apron, Drainage and Equipment Improvement Projects. In his 4-plus years serving as the Transportation Director for the City of Aberdeen, he led his department to more than $15 million in airfield, facility and equipment improvements while simultaneously improving safety and growing passenger traffic.
“I am looking forward to working with the County Board of Supervisors, Aviation Department Team, Airport Users and Citizens to improve the Humboldt County Airport System,” Roggatz said. “I believe there are many opportunities for growth to better connect the communities, businesses and residents of Humboldt County to the world and the world to Humboldt County through aviation.”
The decision to create a new Department of Aviation followed a 2017 study commissioned by the Board to provide a roadmap to lead the airport system to sustainability.
“I look forward to the county having a Director of Aviation – it is needed to innovate and have the best airport system possible,” said Ryan Sundberg, 5th District Supervisor and Chair of the Board. “Cody is experienced, energetic, and is the perfect person to bring those innovative ideas and approaches to Humboldt County. He’ll not only be a great addition to the county, but a great community member as well. I can’t wait for him to get to work.”
*CORRECTION: An earlier version of this news release stated that Mr. Roggatz will be the first Director of Aviation. The county had a Department of Aviation from roughly 1953 to 1958. Bill Levings was named the first Director of Aviation.