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Allegheny County Airport Authority's former president exits with $186K deal

| Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 11:09 p.m.

The Allegheny County Airport Authority will pay its ousted former president $51,245 for unused vacation and sick time.

The payment is in addition to $134,375 the agency agreed to pay Brad Penrod in severance, bringing his total exit package to $185,620 plus 18 months of medical benefits.

The agency released the payment record for 497 hours of unused time in response to an open records request from the Tribune-Review. The unused vacation sick time payout was part of his contract.

The authority board forced out Penrod, 53, of North Fayette last month amid a push from County Executive Rich Fitzgerald for more flights to and from the airport. Penrod was paid $214,465 annually.

The board appointed James Gill as interim executive director. Gill, 46, of Moon was executive vice president.

Penrod's attorney, Dennis Unkovic, said the payments settle any issues between his client and the authority.

Airport Authority board Treasurer Dennis Davin, who heads the county's economic development authority, declined to comment.

Penrod became CEO in 2007 after working in a number of operations roles beginning in 1983. His separation agreement states that he “is being let go through no fault of his own.” Penrod agreed not to sue as a part of the deal, and both sides agreed not to make disparaging comments about each other.

Penrod has not yet applied for his pension, but his attorney said he intends to.

Pittsburgh International Airport last year posted its lowest annual passenger total since opening in 1992, according to airport data.

Bobby Kerlik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7886 or bkerlik@tribweb.com.

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