March 19, 2009 • 10:06 am
Another Indianapolis newspaper has published a rather critical story on former JIA Executive Director John Clark.
Airport Chief Executive John D. Clark III earned a reputation in Jacksonville, Fla., for being an anti-union spendthrift, cutting jobs while treating himself lavishly as he traveled the world.
He made separate business trips to Paris, London, Shanghai, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and Cairo — four continents, all paid for by the airport and all within one year.
He once authorized $10,000 for a limousine in Paris for an airport board member and a lawyer, and ended up apologizing for it.
All of that on top of a $241,500 salary as Jacksonville airport chief executive officer, plus a car allowance and a private club membership.
But if such spending raised eyebrows in Jacksonville, airport officials in Indianapolis figure it comes with the job. They are poised to open up their wallets and formally name Clark the next executive director and CEO of Indianapolis International Airport at Friday’s Indianapolis Airport Authority Board meeting.
The full story can be found here.
Filed under: Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Indianapolis International Airport, JIA, John Clark
We’ve discussed his high salary and benefits here and here, and we’ve finally found another city that wants him. John Clark is headed to Indianapolis. Apparently, being the highest paid airport executive in Florida and Georgia wasn’t quite enough. Let’s hope JAA’s Board can negotiate a more reasonable salary and benefits package for the next Executive Director.
He can now travel to Hong Kong on someone else’s dime.
Filed under: Jacksonville, JAA, Jacksonville International Airport, JIA, John Clark
January 16, 2009 • 3:27 pm
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…
Filed under: Jacksonville, Jacksonville International Airport, JIA, John Clark
December 29, 2008 • 1:11 pm
Folio Weekly has printed their annual “Regrets and Resolutions” issue and we have to admit some are rather amusing. For example:
1. Daniel “Walshie” Walsh, candidate for state representative, regrets appearing shirtless and slam-dunking a basketball on his campaign website.
2. Adam Hollingsworth regrets allowing his soft spot for lady politicians in need to get the better of him during Tropical Storm Fay. Mme. Corrine Brown and Mme. Denise Lee regret the public finding out.
Their resolutions are assumed, of course, but equally as amusing… Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: Uncategorized, Adam Hollingsworth, Corrine Brown, Daniel Walsh, Denise Lee, Folio Weekly, Joe Boles, John Clark, St. Augustine
December 18, 2008 • 9:27 pm
WOW! JAA folks invite City Council members to two parties in one week.
The first one was their annual holiday fish fry this past Tuesday.
And then there’s the rockem sockem tailgate party at the Jags/Colts game co-hosted by Michael Stewart tonight that we reported on earlier.
Big salaries and bonuses to go along with lots of parties. Where do we sign up?!?
As long as we don’t have to be a JAA police officer, that is.
From: Donald Green
To: ron weaver; mary burnett; jim mccollum; jack demetree; deborah pass; cyrus jollivette; chester aikens
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; senator wise <firstname.lastname@example.org>; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; Susan Stewart; Carla Miller; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2008 11:21:09 AM
Are each of you aware that john clark has intentions to retaliate against jaa police officers by cutting police positions even though his own chief of police has told each officer that he believes it could cause safety issues not only within the flying public and other officers but to national safety each of you have said safety first and just thought i should make you aware of what is going on.
Filed under: Jacksonville, Jacksonville City Council, Mayor of Jacksonville, JAA, John Clark, Michael Stewart