Jasper County Welcomes First Female Airport Manager | New
JASPER COUNTY – Emily Hackler, airport manager for the new Jasper County, has only been working for the county for a short time.
Yet she has seen first-hand the continued support county residents have for the airport.
“A lot of people pulled over on Ray’s last day and it showed me what kind of impact he’s had,” Hackler said. “I got to meet a lot of people and it’s a pretty great feeling to have so much support in a place that I’ve never been before.”
Ray Seif has resigned to become manager of the Augusta Municipal Airport in Augusta, Kansas. Seif grew up in Kansas.
Hackler grew up in Kokomo and previously worked at Gary-Chicago International Airport. She worked in operations and was a firefighter there.
While at Gary, nine months old, she didn’t have a lot of decision-making opportunities.
“I saw the opportunity here and I’m really excited about it,” Hackler said. “I have some great ideas, but I want to get used to it first before I start giving them all away.”
Hackler began his aviation career at Indiana State University, specializing in professional flight. She got her bachelor’s degree, but was ready for something different and changed her major in aviation management with a minor in business administration.
After graduating, Hackler looked for jobs in airport operations and began working at Gary-Chicago International.
“It was a really good opportunity at the time because it gave me the experience I needed to come to Jasper County, but it just wasn’t for me in the long term,” Hackler said.
As the airport manager, Hackler oversees the finances and operations of the airport. She inspects the aerodrome and manages hangars and tenants.
Since she started working in Jasper County, she has made an effort to meet the pilots.
Airport operations allow Hackler to meet other people and hopefully encourage the next generation interested in aviation.
“I would have liked to have always had a program on the management aspect of things. The type of opportunities is not very clear, ”Hackler said. “I would like to support the next generation and let people know that aviation is for everyone. “
Hackler would also like to focus on women in aviation, aviation career fairs and continue fly-ins.
Hackler was the first female airport manager Jasper County employed. She hopes to move to Jasper County by April.