CHARLOTTE, N.C. Jerry Orr will not serve as the executive director of the Charlotte Airport Commission, the board announced Thursday night.

After 95 minutes in closed session, the 13 members of the board emerged saying Orr tendered a letter of retirement.

They said the retirement is effective Dec. 31, 2013.

Following the announcement, the room gave Orr a round of applause in honor of his service.

Before Thursday s meeting, the board was to vote on whether to fire Orr. His future had been in limbo ever since the fight over control of the airport began.

Orr left his position as Aviation Director in July 2013. Orr maintains he was fired, the city said Orr resigned from his position. He was then named Executive Director of the Charlotte Airport Commission.

The city tapped Brent Cagle as Interim Aviation Director. He has handled day-to-day-operations. Cagle will continue in that post, in addition to acting as Interim Airport Commission Executive Director after Orr retires.

Orr announced earlier this month that he d stop down in June 2015 regardless.

Mayor Cannon issued a statement following the announcement supporting the decision.

As Mayor, I support the Airport Commission s decision to accept Mr. Orr s retirement effective December 31, 2013. I appreciate the service he s rendered to provide the necessary infrastructure that allows the airport to operate in a business-like manner for decades to come. I also fully endorse Brent Cagle, with his sound aviation experience, being authorized by the City Manager to provide support for the Commission. Now is the time to continue our work with the Governor, General Assembly, business community, and our airport partners toward a permanent solution that allows future business development opportunities to flourish in and around the airport.

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