Hagemann said his interpretation of a July temporary restraining order was that not all parts of the legislation were put on hold. One part of the law still in effect is that Orr is the head of the commission, and should be paid, he said.
When asked Thursday whether the city would seek a court order to allow it to stop paying Orr, Hagemann said, "I can't predict what will happen in the future."
He added, however, that the commission will soon have a board. It's possible commissioners could vote to no longer pay Orr until the commission is running the airport.
US Airways concerned
Orr attended a news conference held by Vinroot Thursday afternoon.
He said he has spoken frequently with US Airways during his 60-day time away from the airport.
"They are greatly concerned," Orr said. "They want this to be done. And they want this to be done now."
US Airways has said it doesn't have a position as to who runs the airport. The airline has said it only wants management to remain committed to keeping Charlotte Douglas a low-cost airport.
Charlotte Airport Commission next month will likely be largely informational, as the legal fight over control of the airport blocks the commission from exercising most of its powers
Is the newly-created Charlotte Douglas International Airport Commission part of the city government, or a distinct legal entity?
Attorney Richard Vinroot, says the federal government has taken the 'astounding step' of 'refusing to engage the Commission in any discussions regarding the airport.'
The new, independent commission set up to run Charlotte Douglas International Airport met for the first time Thursday night, but without the power to actually run the airport.