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City of Charlotte Chief Financial Officer announces retirement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 14, 2014

Contact: Keith Richardson, Corporate Communications & Marketing
704-336-5865, kmrichardson@charlottenc.gov

Greg Gaskins announced today that he will retire at the end of June from his position as the City of Charlotte’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Prior to being promoted to CFO in 2002, Gaskins served as Deputy Finance Director beginning in 1986.
 
“When I came to Charlotte in 1986 it was a small city that wanted to be great. Now I leave it a great city that wants to do better,” Gaskins said.  “I am very happy I was able to use my expertise to help Charlotte reach its goals. I will continue to cheer those who are going to help the city and its people to achieve new successes.”
 
During his time with the City, Gaskins was responsible for managing multiple capital financings to fund City infrastructure, while maintaining the City’s outstanding credit rating and fiscal quality. He was also responsible for putting together the award winning joint risk management program for the City, Mecklenburg County and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and supervising it from its inception in 1988.
 
“I want to thank Greg for his service and dedication,” said City Manager Ron Carlee.  "Whether helping the City thrive during stable conditions or weather the recent recession, his prudent counsel to our elected officials and staff leadership over the years was critical in ensuring the City’s financial stability.”
 
The City has received recognition for outstanding financial reporting achievement in every year Gaskins served as CFO. He also served as a trustee and committee member of the Charlotte Firefighters’ Retirement System for more than 20 years.
 
Prior to joining the City, Gaskins spent nearly eight years as the departmental attorney for the North Carolina State Treasurer and as lead counsel for the North Carolina Local Government Commission. Gaskins received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Wake Forest University and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. Gaskins also attended the Advanced Program for Trustee Studies at Harvard Law School in 2013.