Ford Airport CEO's resignation includes big payday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — When the Chief Executive Officer of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport suddenly resigned in November, airport leaders were tight-lipped.

But Target 8 has learned it came with a big payday.

It took a public records request filed by Target 8 to learn about the severance deal for James Gill Sr.

It showed that Gill, who was paid $267,500 a year at the Ford, got six months’ salary for leaving.

That's $133,750 of taxpayer money, about $25,000 less than the annual set salary for Michigan's governor.

But airport officials still aren't saying anything about the reason for his resignation, other than it was for personal reasons.

His resignation followed a survey of airport employees.

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