GREENFIELD — Elizabeth Gilman will be the city’s new director of finance starting Nov. 5, according to Mayor William Martin.
The mayor said the current director of finance and operations for Stoneleigh-Brunham School in Greenfield was chosen out of five applicants because of her familiarity with the city of Greenfield — she worked as business manager for Greenfield Public Schools before leaving in December of 2014.
“Although she doesn’t live here, she commutes to Greenfield on a daily basis, she’s familiar with the system we use here and has a wide array of experience,” Martin said.
Gilman, who has a three-year contract with the city, will make $120,000 a year.
Gilman has a master’s in accounting from Fitchburg State College and a bachelor’s in accounting from Regents/Excelsior College. She worked for two years as the associate controller of Worcester State University and 10 years as the town accountant/administrator for Winchendon.
Martin said Lane Kelly, current acting finance director for the city on a pro bono basis, will be available “on speed dial” if Gilman needs anything. Kelly returned to the city after announcing her retirement more than a year ago. She spent 14 years as the director of finances — 23 years with the city. She has been working for free three to four days a week for the city since August.
Kelly returned after Martin and the city were left without a finance director when he dismissed Elizabeth Braccia suddenly on July 24.
Braccia said at the time that there were no grounds for her dismissal, and she said due process would reveal the truth.
“I believe in that,” Braccia said.
Her firing led to the City Council voting “no confidence” in the mayor amid allegations that Martin acts like a bully at times.
Martin said he “can’t thank Lane enough” for the work she’s done for the city.
Gilman worked for Greenfield schools until she resigned in December 2014 to take a job elsewhere.
In late 2015, there was talk of an “imminent” FBI probe into the schools’ food service department for possible misallocation and misappropriate of federal money. In December of 2015, allegations concerned a period ending approximately March of that year.
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