Former airport director gets $134,375 in severance

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The Allegheny County Airport Authority will pay its former executive director Bradley D. Penrod $134,375 in severance as a result of his ouster by the board last month.

The lump sum payment is part of an employment and separation agreement reached between the authority and Mr. Penrod and dated April 7. It was released today after the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette filed a right-to-know request.

Mr. Penrod was executive director of the authority for six years until he was reassigned to president and chief strategy officer in February 2013. He was removed by the board after its March meeting.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and the authority have said that they made the decision in an effort to do everything possible to attract new flights to Pittsburgh International Airport, which has seen service to many destinations drastically cut since US Airways closed its hub in 2004.

Mr. Penrod had worked at the airport for more than 30 years and supervised the move from the old airport to the midfield terminal in 1992.

As part of the separation agreement, the authority acknowledged that Mr. Penrod was "being let go through no fault of his own." James Gill, the authority's chief financial officer, is now serving as acting executive director.


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