LAS VEGAS -- County Manager Don Burnette announced today that he is appointing Rosemary A. Vassiliadis to serve as director of the Clark County Department of Aviation.
Vassiliadis has been the department’s deputy director since December 1997. She succeeds Randall H. Walker, who is retiring as director effective June 3.
“Rosemary is widely respected, here at home as well as elsewhere around the world, thanks to her many years of exceptional leadership at one of the nation’s busiest airport systems,” Burnette said.
“Clark County’s airports are recognized around the world for being well managed, even during very trying conditions brought on by our community’s rapid growth in recent years. We’re fortunate to have a great management team in place at the Department of Aviation, and we look forward to its continued success under Rosemary’s tenure.”
Vassiliadis, 55, would become the 11th person – and the first female – to serve as head of the Department of Aviation, whose assets include McCarran International Airport and four smaller general aviation airports in Southern Nevada. Her appointment is scheduled for ratification by the County Commission on March 5.
“I have great respect for this organization and the important role it plays in support of our local economy and the tourism industry that drives it,” Vassiliadis said. “Over the past 15 years, I’ve worked with many great people and have been a part of an amazing success story here at McCarran. Our airports are very unique, and I understand the challenges we’ll face, as well as the resources and strategies we’ll employ in order to maintain our status as a global leader in the aviation industry.”
A native of Chicago, Vassiliadis earned a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from DePaul University. She and her husband have two children and enjoy a variety of community activities.