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Saratoga County veterans agency chief resigns

Saratoga County veterans agency chief resigns

Saratoga County’s director of veterans services, Felipe C. Moon, has resigned a month after the coun

Saratoga County’s director of veterans services, Felipe C. Moon, has resigned a month after the county placed him on administrative leave for undisclosed reasons.

The resignation from the Army veteran was in writing and effective immediately, county Board of Supervisors Chairman Paul J. Sausville, R-Malta, said before Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

“He’s just moving on. He has things he wants to do with his life,” Sausville said. “It was a parting of the ways.”

The letter was submitted to Sausville after a meeting Tuesday morning in Ballston Spa involving Moon, Sausville and other officials.

County officials declined to release Moon’s resignation letter without receiving a Freedom of Information Law request.

Sausville said the letter contained praise for efforts within the county to help veterans. “He’s obviously very passionate about it,” Sausville said.

In a later telephone interview, Moon declined to discuss his departure in detail, but said the recent change in county board leadership — with Sausville replacing Alan Grattidge of Charlton as county board chairman — made it a good time to step down. The Charlton resident, a father of two boys, plans to search for another job.

Moon was placed on paid administrative leave Jan. 24 for reasons neither the county nor Moon would disclose, though Moon said he had been asked to resign and refused.

Moon, 45, a retired U.S. Army major, was appointed director of the county Veterans Service Agency last March after Andrew Davis left for a private-sector job. As a department head for less than a year, he was still in a “probation” period.

The position pays $55,761 annually.

Moon retired from the Army in 2010. He spent much of his career with the 10th Mountain Division, including tours in the former Yugoslavia and two tours in Iraq. Since his retirement, Moon has also been a Red Cross volunteer leader and helped organize the response to Hurricane Sandy.

The Veterans Service Agency has three other employees who remain on the job. A ceremony honoring deceased World War II veteran Joseph G. Kalinkewicz of Galway was held Tuesday in the county board rooms as scheduled.

Sausville said the search for a replacement has already begun.

The agency provides services to Saratoga County’s approximately 17,000 veterans, including a peer-to-peer counseling program for troubled veterans that was launched last year as part of a state pilot program.

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