Former Airport Manager's Pension Probed

Questions have swirled for months over the pension of Jim Turcotte, the former manager of the Pitt-Greenville Airport. Now, the state is asking the questions, too.

The North Carolina Office of the State Auditor is looking into the compensation of the former manager, according to Greenville City Councilman Calvin Mercer. "The current Airport Manager has informed the city that he had been notified that the State Auditor's Office is initiating a review/audit of the compensation granted to the former Airport Manager," Mercer said in an email to constituents.

Jim Turcotte retired in 2009. His pension has been the topic of conversations in Greenville since the News & Observer newspaper of Raleigh printed a list of the top ten pensioners in the state, and Turcotte was on the list, with a pension of $173,654 a year. The number seemed high to many, based on Turcotte's salary. The News & Observer reports Turcotte's compensations jumped in his final five years at the airport, by $77,000.

Greenville and Pitt County co-own the Pitt-Greenville Airport. An autonomous authority board oversees its operations.

There is no timetable for when the state auditor will complete the report.

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