Menominee County’s neighbor to the north made an intriguing move recently when it hired a manager to run Delta County Airport in Escanaba.

Delta County Administrator Philip Strom said Jeffery Sierpien was hired from a reduced list of three finalists for the position. He will replace T. J. Reid who held the post for a brief time. Reid resigned to accept a job as deputy executive director for a company in Huntington Beach, California. Sierpien will be paid $55,000 for the first year on the job.

Sierpien is a retired U.S. Marine Corps and served hitches as maintenance material control officer at the Marine Corps base in Cherry Point, North Carolina, and assistant maintenance officer at the Stewart Air National Guard base in Newburgh, New York. He received his commission at the Officer Candidate School at Quantico, Virginia. He also holds a bachelor of science degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, and a master’s degree in human resources at Webster University. His list of impressive credentials is lengthy. 

How did Delta County manage to hire an airport manager with his resume? It appears Sierpien landed in Delta County with a touch of luck as his co-pilot. He has no roots connected to Delta County. He and his family decided to move to the area while they were searching for a place to settle down after his career in military service.

According to The Daily Press in Escanaba, the family chose Escanaba and one of the reasons was because it had a county-owned airport. He considers the choice of relocation as chapter two in life. The move gives him an opportunity to continue service in a different capacity.

The runways at Menominee County Regional Airport are open for someone who wants to start a new chapter in their life. But first it must get its house in order.