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St. Petersburg's Connors retires abruptly

Public Works Administrator Mike Connors, under fire for months for city missteps on the Pier, the recycling rollout and recent sewage dischages into Boca Ciega and Tampa bays, has resigned.

He's retirement takes effect immediately:

Here's the release:

Public Works Administrator Mike Connors announced his retirement today, effective immediately.

Said Mayor Rick Kriseman: "Mike Connors has made immeasurable contributions to St. Petersburg in his 28 years of service. His recent leadership helped to make three of my top priorities a reality: universal curbside recycling, a new police station, and a new pier. I wish him well in the next chapter of his life."

Said Mike Connors: "After a weekend of contemplation, I decided to discuss my retirement with Mayor Kriseman this morning. Following our discussion, the mayor and I have mutually agreed to my retirement, effective today. I look forward to new adventures and challenges, as well as more time with my wife and family. I thank the City for the opportunity to serve for nearly three decades."

Tom Gibson, St. Petersburg's Director of Engineering and Capital Improvements and a city employee since 1987, will serve as the interim Public Works Administrator.

Sustainability Coordinator Sharon Wright will assume additional responsibilities related to the mayor's sustainability initiatives.