Jerry Orr has retired as executive director of the Charlotte Airport Commission effective Dec. 31. This news comes as controversy continues over who will control the airport.
Orr was still being paid a six-figure salary even though he was prohibited from running the airport. The Charlotte Airport Commission met Thursday to discuss matters including his fate. Orr lost his job in July after legislature passed a law taking control of the airport from city council.
The commission was created in July when the North Carolina General Assembly passed the law. At the airport commission’s first meeting in November, members admitted they were unsure how the meeting would be conducted, or if it was even necessary. The city of Charlotte filed an injunction to block the commission’s powers of control after the law passed, so they are a board without responsibilities.
Mayor Patrick Cannon issued a statement saying he supports the Airport Commission's decision to accept Mr. Orr's retirement.
"I appreciate the service he's rendered to provide the necessary infrastructure that allows the airport to operate in a business-like manner for decades to come," Cannon said in the statement.
Interim Charlotte Aviation Director Brent Cagle was named the commission’s new executive director. Cannon says he fully supports Brent Cagle's endorsement.
"Now is the time to continue our work with the Governor, General Assembly, business community, and our airport partners toward a permanent solution that allows future business development opportunities to flourish in and around the airport," Cannon said.