Chalkbeat is reporting tonight that Lori Gillis, the District’s Chief Financial Officer has resigned.
According to Chalkbeat tonight, Ms. Gillis is leaving in order to join the city management of Arvada, where she lives.
Ever since WNM+Williams forced out Cindy Stevenson as Superintendent, Lori Gillis has borne the brunt of their reckless assault on the District. More than once, she desperately tried to bring their attention to the dangers their machinations will expose the District to. From her cautioning on the level of reserves, to the warnings about the District’s bond rating, her pleas for attention to the state of the district infrastructure, and now Witt’s calculated attack on the teacher compensation system, Ms. Gillis has been the one person in the District who not only stood up and said what needed to be said, but did with the gravitas of her experience, position, and integrity. Most of the time, they ignored her, but at least we, the JeffCo public, heard her cautions and warnings.
With her leaving, we will now have to look on any financial numbers coming out the District with a very jaundiced eye. WNM+Williams and McMinimee have each already given us plenty of reason to be skeptical of their veracity. We will now have to be as skeptical about future financial reports and estimates.
We have little doubt that WNM+Williams as well as McMinimee and Morgan are glad to see her go. Their efforts to DougCo-ize JeffCo will do better without unbiased financial reporting of the results of their actions.
We wish her well. Our loss is definitely Arvada’s gain. Perhaps, after some time has passed, she may lend her expertise to the JeffCo public again as we begin examining numbers we will no longer be sure we can trust.
Now, more than ever, we need everyone to