State Audit Finds Deficiencies With PGV Records

A state audit released Thursday found that there were deficiencies with personnel records at the Pitt-Greenville Airport which allowed the former manager's salary to jump especially during his final years of employment.

The audit was conducted after questions were raised over the pension of Jim Turcotte. Turcotte retired in 2009 and it was reported that he was one of the top ten pensioners in the state, with a pension of $173,654 a year.

The audit performed looked at the time period from July 1, 2009 through January 31, 2011. It also reviewed Turcotte’s compensation amounts. So the audit looked at his compensation during his last four years in order to fully address the amounts included in his retirement calculation.

Audit Findings:

Merit pay increases were given to employees without consistent documentation in the personnel records to support the review of employee’s performance or the methodology for determining the amount of the merit increase.

There was insufficient oversight of the Airport Authority directors pay. There was no evidence of review of the directors hours reported as worked, leave taken, or time adjustments sent to the city of Greenville. There was no evidence of review of the director's hours reported as worked, leave taken, or time adjustments sent to the City of Greenville. It appeared that all such documentation is both prepared and submitted by the director without any review. This weakness resulted in the problems with the former director's compensation.

Identified problems in the compensation to the Airport Authority's former director. A number of factors in addition to his base salary affected the former directors total compensation, including merit pay, cost of living adjustments, longevity pay, vacation sell back, and sick leave incentive bonus pay.

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  • by Joe Location: St Louis on Nov 11, 2011 at 01:16 PM
    Looks like a failure of the airport board to me. He submitted the required paperwork. The airport commission is tasked with oversight. I hear a lot of whining about "it is not fair, I only get xxxx dollars for retirement. What did you do for those XXXX dollars. I am willing to bet it wasn't building a successful airport. I rest my case.
  • by Jerry on Aug 30, 2011 at 08:07 AM
    To Fed Up - I seriously hope you aren't a commercial pilot, because you are LOONEY!!! And your attempts to justify Turcotte being paid more than Atlanta and O'Hare's managers are absurd.
  • by fed up Location: aurora on Aug 4, 2011 at 09:21 PM
    My,my,my. Listen to the "Children" while they playyy. Now ain't it kind of funny what the "Children" say, Skip a rope. You know folks, this whole thing started because one "Childesh minded individual, we don't use names here that would be ruuude,needed to feed his over developed ego. Thanks to an article printed in the Raliegh national inquirer he found the food he so badly needed. Folks you can say what you wish about the system, you can, Heaven forbid, say what you wish about the man who gave 35 years of his life to build for you the finest airport on the east coast. Back to our no name mr. ego, where were you and your cronnies when Floyd came to town? Where were you during the blizzard of Dec. 2000? Probably sitting home laughing because you had an excuse not to go to work. You know where the airport manager was? He was busting his buns as much as 20 hrs. a day to keep your airport open and operational so that I could fly in and pick your sorry rear-ends up and fly you wherever you thought you needed to go. I watched him literally build PGV from nothing to this beautiful and extremely well organized airport we now have. Folks I have only one very important thing to say to you, "BEWARE OF NEW NAMES RUNNING FOR CITY COUNCIL", one of them has an ego the size of a Boieng 747, and he don't care who he uses to feed it. He's especially fond of people who out perform him, which is roughly ah---multiply by 4 carry the 3-- ah anyone over the age of 2. Skip a rope.
  • by jt on Aug 4, 2011 at 07:37 PM
    something is very wrong here.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 4, 2011 at 04:57 PM
    In my eyes his so called raises was the same as embezzlement. Only difference is he won't be charged. He should be ashamed! The greedy become the needy.
  • by jack on Aug 4, 2011 at 02:14 PM
    If the people who support this man can justify his $275,000 annual pay, the board retroactively approval unauthorized pay increases and the $170,000 pension, you are bigger crooks than he is
  • by rusty is wrong on Aug 4, 2011 at 02:11 PM
    using false words rusty states that no operational money- whatever that means- was contributed, but if you look back you will see that the city and county DID contribute monies to the airport in the thosands of dollars Rusty is absolutely strenching the truth The Board should be terminated or the Authority dissolved and reconsitituted
  • by WRONG!!! Location: USA on Aug 4, 2011 at 02:00 PM
    His pension is paid by OUR taxes!!!! If he were NOT receiving a state pension, then no he wouldn't be getting any of our money!!! Nice try Mr. Tourcette is it???
  • by rusty Location: washington on Aug 4, 2011 at 12:57 PM
    just to clarify - he was NOT a county worker. He was employed by the Pitt-Greenville Airport Authority and served at THEIR pleasure. The audit (if one can read and comprehend) never stated anything was illegal. And on another note, not one penny of taxpayer money has been utilized to operate the airport in the past 26 years, it has operated strictly as a private enterprise; earning before it can spend. Neither the City nor County has contributed operational funding to the Airport during this time.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 4, 2011 at 12:52 PM
    This is a complete failure by city and county government. Total lack of oversight. The manager saw the weakness in the system and used it for his advantage. Every elected official should have to take part of their salary and pay this guy. It was their failure to watch all the salaries in the county and city.
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