School dis­trict hires Brent Gold­berg as fi­nance of­fi­cer

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - OBITUARIES - BY MEGHAN MANGRUM STAFF WRITER Con­tact staff writer Meghan Mangrum at mman­[email protected] times­freep­ress.com or 423-7576592. Fol­low her on Twit­ter @me­man­grum.

For­mer chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer for the city of Chattanooga Brent Gold­berg is join­ing Hamilton County Schools’ fi­nance depart­ment.

Gold­berg re­signed from his city post in 2015 to be­come vice pres­i­dent and chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer of Lesco Lo­gis­tics and Lync Amer­ica. He will re­place school dis­trict vet­eran Christie Jor­dan as chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer for the dis­trict when she re­tires in June 2019 and will work along­side her in the in­terim.

“I am hon­ored to have the priv­i­lege to serve the chil­dren and fam­i­lies of Hamilton County Schools,” Gold­berg said in a state­ment. “Noth­ing in our com­mu­nity is more im­por­tant than ed­u­ca­tion, and I am ex­cited to join a fan­tas­tic team work­ing to make Hamilton County Schools the fastest im­prov­ing school dis­trict in Ten­nessee.”

Gold­berg’s start­ing salary, $126,816, is the same salary with which Jor­dan will re­tire.

In the spring, as the school dis­trict moves into the 2020 bud­get cy­cle, Jor­dan will work along­side Gold­berg “to de­velop the bud­get and en­sure a smooth tran­si­tion of fi­nan­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties,” ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

“It will be an in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence to work along­side Christie Jor­dan,” Gold­berg said in a state­ment. “Christie’s ded­i­ca­tion to Hamilton County Schools is un­par­al­leled, and we are very for­tu­nate to have the abil­ity to com­plete a de­lib­er­ate and strate­gic tran­si­tion over the com­ing weeks and months.”

Su­per­in­ten­dent Bryan Johnson noted his de­sire to bring a lo­cal per­spec­tive to the po­si­tion.

“De­ci­sions in the dis­trict over the past year have sought to ad­dress many rec­om­men­da­tions for im­prove­ment made in May 2017 by the bud­get work­ing group, which was com­prised of busi­ness and com­mu­nity lead­ers,” Johnson said in a state­ment. “In the area of fi­nance, the rec­om­men­da­tions fo­cused on de­vel­op­ing bud­gets based on dis­trict pri­or­i­ties, multi-year bud­get­ing for out­comes, and pri­or­i­tiz­ing re­sources to meet the needs of chil­dren by match­ing out­comes with in­vest­ment. Brent Gold­berg brings a lo­cal per­spec­tive and a wealth of fi­nan­cial knowl­edge to the dis­trict that will help us con­tinue our progress to­ward those goals.”

Jor­dan noted her ap­proval that the dis­trict had cho­sen a lo­cal hire to re­place her.

“Hav­ing some­one lo­cal tak­ing the reins of the busi­ness op­er­a­tions of the school sys­tem will be very ben­e­fi­cial for Hamilton County Schools,” she said in a state­ment.

Jor­dan, who worked for Chattanooga Pub­lic Schools and then the county dis­trict af­ter the merger for a to­tal of 29 years, an­nounced her plan to re­tire at the end of the 2017-18 school year, but stayed on as the search was con­ducted for her re­place­ment and will now of­fi­cially re­tire at the end of the 2018-19 school year, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease. It is un­clear if the re­tire­ment in­cen­tives of­fered to re­tirees last school year played into her orig­i­nal de­ci­sion or if Jor­dan will be el­i­gi­ble for the bonuses.

Gold­berg is a cer­ti­fied pub­lic ac­coun­tant and a cer­ti­fied trans­porta­tion bro­ker. He earned a bach­e­lor’s and mas­ter’s de­gree in ac­count­ing at the Univer­sity of Ten­nessee at Chattanooga, where he has also worked as an ad­junct in­struc­tor.

Along with his ex­pe­ri­ence with the city, Gold­berg has also pre­vi­ously served as di­rec­tor of fi­nance and op­er­a­tions for the Pub­lic Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion (PEF) in Chattanooga, di­rec­tor of the Chattanooga Fire and Po­lice Pen­sion Fund board, and as a se­nior au­di­tor and busi­ness con­sul­tant with Ha­zlett, Lewis and Beiter, PLLC in Chattanooga, Kraft CPAs in Nashville, and Reznick Group in Bethesda, Mary­land.

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