Jerry Orr

Local News
5:44 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

City Manager Carlee: Orr's Removal From Airport 'Simply Business'

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee (r) congratulates Brent Cagle, whom he selected as interim aviation director following Jerry Orr's ouster.
Credit Julie Rose

  US Airways called it "disappointing." House Speaker Thom Tillis called it "incredibly irresponsible" and "unwise."  But Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee says his decision to install a new director of the Charlotte Airport was "simply business." 

WFAE's Julie Rose speaks with Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee about his decision to replace long-time aviation director Jerry Orr.

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8:29 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Long-time CLT Director Orr Is Out At Airport

Did long-time Charlotte aviation director Jerry Orr quit, or was he fired? Depends on who you ask.
Credit Julie Rose

Only hours after state lawmakers voted to strip the City of Charlotte of the airport on Thursday afternoon, long-time aviation director, Jerry Orr, lost his control, too.

In the last 25 years, Orr’s name has become synonymous with the success of Charlotte airport. But, last night, City Manager Ron Carlee released a statement saying  he’d accepted Orr’s resignation.

Orr's attorney says he was fired. 

WFAE's Julie Rose and Ben Bradford discuss Orr's resignation/firing live on Morning Edition.

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Local News
8:27 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Charlotte Loses Its Airport - Nearly

Charlotte aviation director Jerry Orr would no longer have to ask the city council for permission to act at the airport if the court upholds legislation transferring CLT to a regional authority.
Credit Julie Rose

The city of Charlotte has lost control of its airport – or nearly so. The North Carolina General Assembly passed a measure Thursday officially transferring Charlotte Douglas International into the hands of a regional authority – immediately. 

But just as quickly, the city sued to stop it and was granted a temporary restraining order.

After six months of rancor and a flurry of last minute attempts at compromise, the final legislative vote was kind of anticlimactic: it happened in less than a minute with no discussion or debate.

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Local News
12:31 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Orr Is Out As Aviation Director, At Least For Now

Jerry Orr is out as aviation director of Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Whether he was fired or resigned depends on who you talk to.

Orr’s attorney says he was fired.

City Manager Ron Carlee says Orr resigned yesterday in a letter following final passage of legislation that transfers control of the airport from the city to a regional authority.

The legislation names Orr executive director of the Airport Authority, effective immediately. So Orr informed Carlee that his employment with the city was over.

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Local News
7:19 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Internal Documents Show CMPD's Tisdale Report Sparked Airport Rift

Delvonte Tisdale

  At first blush, there’s a lot about the power struggle over Charlotte’s airport that makes no sense. After all, both sides in the debate agree the airport has done extraordinarily well under the city’s control. So what’s happened?

A mysterious death, for one.

And WFAE has reviewed internal airport documents that cast doubt over much of what we thought we knew about that incident.


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Local News
9:17 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Airport Recycling Begins Pay Off

Charlotte airport trash is sorted by hand in a new recycling facility.
Julie Rose

The Charlotte airport made $185,000 recycling trash from travelers and fast food restaurants in the terminal during the last six months. 

That's a fraction of the nearly $2 million it cost to set up the new onsite recycling facility, but Aviation Director Jerry Orr expects the program to break even within five years. He adds that sorting and selling recyclable paper, plastic and aluminum isn't the only financial perk of the program.

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Local News
3:59 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Airport Advisory Committee Gets Active In Authority Debate

Charlotte Aviation Director Jerry Orr meets with the Airport Advisory Committee on Thursday, May 2, 2013. Vice Chairman Drew Riolo sits to Orr's left.
Credit Julie Rose

The Charlotte Airport's volunteer advisory committee has turned a new leaf. Their monthly meeting on Thursday featured far more discussion and direct questioning of Aviation Director Jerry Orr.

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Local News
9:26 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Orr Breaks His Silence On Airport Authority

Charlotte Aviation Director Jerry Orr
Credit Julie Rose

  Charlotte Aviation Director Jerry Orr has broken his months-long silence on the subject of creating a regional authority to oversee the airport. 


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Local News
9:25 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Council Grills Airport Advisory Chairman; Dorsch Stonewalls

Airport Advisory Committee Chairman Shawn Dorsch waits to be grilled by the Charlotte City Council on Monday night.
Credit Julie Rose

Charlotte Airport Advisory Committee Chairman Shawn Dorsch took 90 minutes of questions and sharp criticism from the city council Monday, but declined to answer most queries regarding his role in the controversy over control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.  


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Local News
9:23 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Citizens Cite City's Role In Airport Success; Director Orr Disagrees

A city consultant and members of the Airport Governance Study Oversight Committee took public comment on the issue Wednesday night.
Credit Julie Rose

  "Don't fix what's not broken," was the theme of a small public hearing held last night by the consultant hired to delve into the ongoing struggle over control of the Charlotte airport. But Aviation Director Jerry Orr didn't quite agree with the views expressed at the meeting.


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