The head of the agency overseeing the state's largest airport said Thursday he's not stepping down after being charged with driving under the influence earlier this month.
"I still have two jobs," said Paul Campbell, a Republican state senator and CEO of Charleston County Aviation Authority, ahead of the agency's first public meeting since his arrest Nov. 4.
Campbell did not discuss the charges against him during the 90-minute board meeting Thursday, and the issue was not raised by any of the 11 board members.
During his monthly remarks, Campbell focused on the growth in airport traffic, emphasized early arrival advice for the Thanksgiving travel crush and outlined upcoming holiday events.
Campbell, 71, told The Post and Courier earlier that he has no plans to resign his $250,000-a-year job, a position the Goose Creek resident has held since 2013.
After the meeting, Elder James Johnson of the National Action Network said he was surprised Campbell did not address his arrest with the board, and Johnson once again called for Campbell to resign.
"I want the legal process to take place, but he needs to step down," Johnson said.
Campbell had planned to retire last year, but the board in June voted to extend his contract for two more years and boost his pay by $25,000.
The Aviation Authority board has said it wants to keep Campbell around for continuity as it begins borrowing through bonds next year for an estimated $134 million in parking improvements.
Plans call for construction of a new 3,006-space parking deck behind the existing three-tier garage and realigning a loop road in front of the terminal to make way for additional surface parking. The added parking is needed because the number of travelers at the airport is expected to soar to 4 million this year for the first time, doubling the number in 2010.
Campbell, a retired Alcoa executive, was charged with drunken driving and giving false information to police after his vehicle rear-ended another during congestion on Interstate 26. Campbell maintains his wife was behind the wheel, but the driver of the other car, Michaela Caddin, said Campbell swapped seats with his wife.
Campbell's attorney, Andy Savage, sits on the Aviation Authority board, and he said he will abstain from voting on any items related to Campbell's employment as charges against Campbell make their way through the judicial process.
Caddin, 21, of Summerville, also is suing Campbell "to restore her good name" amid the disputed facts of the wreck.