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News Release - Leanne Emm Named Assistant Commissioner of Public School Finance

April 5, 2011

News Release

Leanne Emm Named Assistant Commissioner of Public School Finance

Commissioner Robert Hammond today announced the appointment of Leanne Emm as the assistant commissioner of public school finance. Emm has been serving as interim director since mid-January, when longtime former assistant commissioner Vody Herrmann announced her retirement.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Leanne’s caliber who is experienced with the intricacies of Colorado’s school finance system, particularly during these challenging budget times,” said Commissioner Hammond. “We posted the job and interviewed strong candidates, but Leanne emerged as the best fit for this position at this time.”

Prior to joining the Colorado Department of Education, Emm worked for Jeffco Public Schools in the areas of budget and finance for almost 14 years. While at Jeffco, she was involved with federal programs, pupil counts, debt issuance and system improvements. Previous to her work with Jeffco schools, Emm worked for Jefferson County Public Libraries, and also ran the business office and served as the city accountant for the city of Sheridan. Emm completed her master’s degree in public administration at the University of Colorado - Denver, with an emphasis in school finance, in 2010.

“I look forward to the work ahead,” said Emm, “and doing everything we can at the department to support school districts as they make important and often difficult decisions on behalf of Colorado students.”

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