Bob Clifford, the executive director of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA), on May 20, announced that he is resigning his position effective June 29 and will accept a position in the private sector.
Clifford was the first and sole executive director of TBARTA, the regional transportation authority, which provides regional transportation planning and connectivity of people and freight throughout the seven county Tampa Bay region. In his letter of resignation, Clifford observed that seeing the agency grow from a legislative vision to a functioning and independent organization that makes a difference in the region has been a truly memorable and rewarding experience.
Ronnie Duncan, chairman of the TBARTA Board of Directors, accepted Clifford’s resignation with regret but with understanding of the opportunities that the private sector offers. Duncan thanked Clifford for his work and leadership over the life of the organization.
“For the past seven years you have served with distinction, dedication and commitment to the TBARTA mission”, Duncan said. “Your approach has always been one of cooperation and collaboration”. Duncan said he looked forward to Clifford’s continued involvement in regional transportation issues in the future.
The TBARTA Board is expected to select an interim executive director at its next board meeting, which is scheduled for June 13, and also initiate a search for a permanent executive director.