Chief financial officer leaves city school system



Baltimore & Region

November 09, 2005|By SARA NEUFELD

The Baltimore school system confirmed yesterday that its chief financial officer has left her job.

Rose Piedmont is the second top city school system official to leave within a week. Schools spokeswoman Edie House declined to comment on whether Piedmont resigned or was fired. The school system did not provide details last week when it announced the departure of its longtime attorney, Anthony J. Trotta.

"Rose has decided, like Tony, to pursue other opportunities," House said yesterday.

Piedmont said yesterday that it was a mutual decision for her to leave. A former financial analyst for M&T Bank, Piedmont had held the job since October 2003, overseeing the school system's finances as it recovered from a $58 million deficit that was crippling it at the time she was hired.

The system eliminated 60 percent of its deficit last school year, and officials say they are on track to cut the rest this school year.

Piedmont, who supervised about 300 employees, said she helped implement a major cost-containment initiative and establish fiscal protocols to stop the crisis "from ever occurring again."

Last night, the board named John Walker as interim chief financial officer, and Brian Williams interim general counsel. Walker has been an independent contractor with the schools finance office, and Williams was an associate counsel handling employment and labor negotiations.

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