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.
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.