WTVM parts ways with chief meteorologist Kurt Schmitz

After more than two decades of forecasting the weather for the Chattahoochee Valley, Kurt Schmitz and WTVM have parted ways, Schmitz confirmed this morning.

Schmitz, who had been chief meteorologist at the Columbus station since 1989, said he recently signed a contract renewal and was surprised when he was sent home from work Friday.

"Their official line was that I did quit," Schmitz said. "But that is not the case."

WTVM management would not comment on the matter.

"This is a confidential personnel issue and I won’t be able to comment," Lee Brantley, the station's general manager, said in an e-mail.

Schmitz, 55, said he is "definitely looking" for another job and added, "I have no plans to leave Columbus." He wouldn't comment on the specifics of his most recent contract or say whether it included a non-competition clause.

"I still love weather," Schmitz said. "I will miss not only being involved with weather on a daily basis, but I'm going to mostly miss the people I worked with and also interacting with the viewers. That was the fun part of the job."