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Airport Director Retiring In Wake Of Fox 29 Investigation

Charles Isdell, the aviation director for Philadelphia International Airport, is retiring immediately after a Fox 29 News investigation discovered that he has been spending nights recently at his wife's house in Cherry Hill. Isdell maintained a home in the city after getting married but PhillyClout hears Fox 29 News apparently followed him to New Jersey several times last month.

Airport Director Retiring In Wake Of Fox 29 Investigation

Charles Isdell [file photo]
Charles Isdell [file photo]

Charles Isdell, the aviation director for Philadelphia International Airport, is retiring after a Fox 29 News investigation discovered that he had been spending nights recently at his wife's house in Cherry Hill.  Isdell maintained a home in the city after getting married but PhillyClout hears Fox 29 News followed him to New Jersey several times last month.  A Fox 29 News spokeswoman just told PhillyClout said a short report on Isdell will run during tonight's 10 p.m. broadcast with a more complete report later.

Fox 29 News reporter Jeff Cole apparently confronted Isdell on the residency issue this morning.  Isdell, aviation director since March 2000, was due to retire in July but is now picking up the pace.  Hired by the city in 1973 and now paid $163,894, Isdell will now leave his post at the end of the month, Mayor Nutter's staff just announced.

City employees are required to live in Philadelphia and Cole has a long track record of catching them violating that and other regulations. You can read the city's press release after the jump.

AIRPORT DIRECTOR CHARLES ISDELL RETIRES FROM THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA

Philadelphia, January 13 – Today Mr. Charles Isdell announced that he would retire as Direction of Aviation at the City of Philadelphia effective Friday, January 31, 2009.

It was brought to the City’s attention today that there were questions about Mr. Isdell’s residency in Philadelphia. Mr. Isdell staunchly maintains that he is a bona fide Philadelphia resident. However, as with any allegation, the City would have needed to investigate the matter to gather all of the facts and the Inspector General’s Office was prepared to proceed. Mr. Isdell, who was scheduled to retire in July 2009, decided to bring forward his retirement date in order to avoid any distractions or unwanted attention for his family. Mayor Nutter has regretfully accepted Mr. Isdell’s decision. Mr. Isdell will continue to serve in his capacity as Director of Aviation until Friday, January 30, 2009 in order to ensure a smooth transition.

“Charlie has been an outstanding servant for the City of Philadelphia for almost 40 years and I thank him for his dedication and his commitment,” said Mayor Nutter. “I wish Charlie and his family the very best for the future.”

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to have served the people of this city and I want to thank all in the Nutter Administration for their courtesy and support over the past year,” said Charles Isdell.

Charles Isdell has served as Director of Aviation since March 2000. He has served the City of Philadelphia for 37 years in a number of capacities including almost 20 years at Philadelphia International Airport. In that time he led the airport through turbulent times and improved customer service such that in 2008 Philadelphia International Airport achieved that highest ranking among large airports in North America in overall customer satisfaction in J.D. Power and Associates' 2008 North America Airport Satisfaction Study.

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