Saratoga County veterans’ services head placed on leave

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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— Felipe C. Moon, Saratoga County’s director of veterans’ services, has been placed on paid administrative leave for undisclosed reasons.

County officials aren’t commenting on why the Charlton resident was placed on leave Friday or how long his leave may last.

“It’s a personnel matter that is confidential in nature,” said county Board of Supervisors’ Chairman Paul Sausville, R-Malta.

Moon, however, says the suspension came after he was pressured to resign and refused.

Moon, 45, a retired U.S. Army major, was appointed director of the Veterans Service Agency in March 2013, following the departure of Andrew Davis for another job. The position pays $55,761 annually.

Moon said he was given reasons why he should resign at a meeting Friday with County Administrator Spencer Hellwig, but he wouldn’t reveal them. At that meeting, he refused to resign.

“I’m not quitting on 17,000 veterans,” he said Wednesday. “I was selected for a mission, and that mission is to protect veterans.”

Moon retired from the Army in 2010. He spent much of his career with the 10th Mountain Division, including time 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.

“All county programs are fully functioning,” Sausville said.

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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