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N.C. House Speaker Tillis: Charlotte ‘incredibly irresponsible’ in removing Jerry Orr

N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Republican, called the removal of city aviation director Jerry Orr “incredibly irresponsible” and “a clear example of why it has become so difficult” to work with city.

Orr is now squarely in the middle of the fight for control of the city’s airport, following what the city called Orr’s “self-proclaimed termination” Thursday night.

Although his tenure as aviation director ended abruptly, Orr and his supporters expect that he’ll be back: A law passed Thursday to create the Charlotte Airport Authority specifies that Orr will be the airport director.

“Jerry Orr’s reputation in the aviation community speaks for itself, and to remove the most valuable component of the airport team at this critical juncture seems to be an incredibly irresponsible action,” Tillis said in a statement. “The success of Charlotte Douglas International is unlike any other airport in the world, and Jerry Orr’s leadership has made that possible.

“We are hopeful that this unwise decision will be corrected in the near future.”

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