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City Manager candid regarding ouster of Aviation Director

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The ongoing battle between the city and state over control of Charlotte Douglas International was clearly in motion and taking off before the ink was dry on the legislation forming a regional airport authority.

That's the opinion of City Manager Ron Carlee.

During an uptown luncheon with a group of local democrats on Wednesday, Carlee said former aviation director Jerry Orr may have jumped the gun.

"Actually before it had passed, he had secured legal counsel on behalf of the authority,"Carlee said." He had developed letterhead for the authority."

Carlee went on to tell the audience that Orr put himself in charge.

"And before the law had been signed and ratified. He delivered to me a notice of what I needed to for him relative to the legislation and informed me that he was now the executive director of the airport authority, and that his employment with the city was terminated."

The city manager came back with a quick response.

"I sent him a letter back that afternoon affirming that his employment with the city was terminated," Carlee said.

Carlee also shared that he and Mayor Patsy Kinsey days ago met with U.S. Airways executives in Washington, assuring them that operations here were on solid footing, despite an upcoming court fight.

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