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JIA Slower, Clark to cut salary?

Jacksonville “International” [We don’t have any international flights, folks] Airport has announced that traffic was down 5% in 2008. According to the Business Journal, cargo also decreased 6% and available seats decreased by 14%. What has increased at Jacksonville Regional Airport? Executive Director John Clark’s salary.

In contrast to a 5% decrease in traffic, 6% decrease in cargo and 14% fewer available seats, John Clark earned his annual 5% pay increase to top off his base salary of $241,000. Oh, and let’s not forget his $72,300 bonus; his $10,200 car allowance; his $9,000 cell phone allowance; his $15,000 retirement contribution and his membership at his choice of the University Club or the River Club.

It’s always interesting when an executive’s salary continues to increase while his business is declining, particularly when the executive is laying off employees. We are still awaiting word on whether or not Mr. Clark’s salary will be decreased to reflect the downturn in his business. (Of course, a decrease shouldn’t hurt him too much. His salary remains higher than his counterparts at true international airports such as Miami, Tampa, Orlando or Atlanta.) Somehow I don’t expect the answer to be coming anytime soon…

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3 Responses - Comments are closed.

  1. Michael Cary says:

    If the numbers quoted are indeed correct the $9000 per year cell phone allowance seems a bit low to me. Given that unlimited cell and data plans cost nearly $100 per month, that only allows him $7800 per year to buy the cell phones he might need. I say, let’s make it an even $10,000.

  2. steven says:

    He intends to cut public safety next so he can keep his fat pay checks coming in

  3. Geneo says:

    THIS STORY SHOULD HAVE HAD THOUSANDS OF REPLIES.
    ONCE AGAIN ONLY A VERY FEW CARE ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING
    TO YOUR CITY. CITIZENS ASK YOUR CITY COUNCIL WHY JOHN CLARK WOULD RECEIVE SUCH THIS AMOUNT.

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