Gary England will sign off as KWTV-9 chief meteorologist on Aug. 30 and become vice president for corporate relations and weather development, the station announced Tuesday.
David Payne, a former KFOR-4 morning meteorologist who joined KWTV in January, will take over as chief meteorologist.
England, 73, who has been with the station 41 years, still will do a periodic on-air segment, “Gary's I'll Keep You Advised,” which will focus on long-term weather patterns and events.
“I have been doing this for over 40-some years now,” England said after the announcement on the 6 p.m. newscast. “It's been a great time, great road, great people. But I'm excited about what I'm going to be doing now.”
As part of his new segment, he said, “One thing I will be doing is severe storm mitigations, improving the warnings, the safety systems we have.”
England's departure as chief meteorologist had been expected after Payne's hiring, but it was moved up 14 months. He told The Oklahoman after the May 20 tornado that he had planned to relinquish his chief meteorologist duties in October 2014. As part of his new role, he will continue to give speeches, represent KWTV at industry conferences and serve as in-house weather expert.