David M. Metz, director of the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport for the past 31/2 years, is resigning effective Aug. 1 to take a job with the city of St. Petersburg, Pinellas County officials announced Wednesday evening.
Metz will become director of St. Petersburg's downtown enterprise facilities department.
While at the airport, he coordinated the sale of a piece of airport property for a new Army Reserve Black Hawk helicopter facility, developed the airport's first master plan since 1976 and encouraged commercial air carriers such as American Trans Air, or ATA, and SouthEast Airlines to increase service to cities nationwide.
In his letter of resignation, Metz said, "Although it has been a difficult decision to resign my position with Pinellas County, I leave knowing the airport is well-positioned for future economic growth."
In a statement, County Administrator Stephen Spratt praised Metz as someone who was "very effective" and provided "tremendous leadership and vision." County officials did not say anything about a replacement.