Former airport director Jerry Orr isn't running Charlotte Douglas International anymore, but he's still getting paid.
Orr made $211,041 per year. He left July 18, but he kept his salary and has made about $17,000 since then.
"It's surprising, it's frustrating. None of us like it, but that's how things are right now," said City Council member Michael Barnes.
The reason given was state lawmakers put it in the law creating the commission that's supposed to take over the airport.
It specifically said Orr is now the executive director of that commission and gets the "same compensation and benefits" he was getting, even though the commission's future it still up in the air.
"I think that's a little bit ridiculous. I mean it'd be nice not to have to work and get paid," said Charlotte resident Jasmine Stewart.
But Orr's lawyer, Martin Brackett, Jr., said Orr is working, that he is the executive director, even if the commission doesn't exist yet. He said Orr's doing a lot to smooth the transition and Orr's salary is coming from airport funds, like vendor fees and landing fees, not tax money.
"He is not being paid with tax dollars. He is being paid by the city with airport revenues," Brackett said.
Brent Cagle is running the airport.
"Do we really need two for one? I don't know that we do. I wouldn't say so," Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon said.
The city is challenging the law in court. So far, the judge hasn't had a problem with the clause about Orr.
The state and city are in a holding pattern over control of the airport. They're waiting to see if the Federal Aviation Administration issues the operating license the airport commission needs to take over Charlotte Douglas. Some officials said that could take weeks.