Former CCSD Chief Financial Officer still on payroll as consultant

Former CCSD Chief Financial Officer still on payroll as consultant
October 22 17:50 2017 Print This Article

On June 8 Charleston County School District (CCSD) announced the retirement of Chief Financial Officer Glenn Stiegman for health reasons. He had been on medical leave since May 30 and retired June 30. CCSD has advertised the position since June 21. The position pays from $108, 288 – $149, 164 depending on years of experience. At least three people have applied and Superintendent Gerita Postlewait has chosen not to fill the position.

Lowcountry Source reported in an article published June 8 that that Steigman was escorted out of the CCSD office building on Bridge View Road in North Charleston several weeks prior by two high ranking personnel department employees. Right after Lowcountry Source reported the incident, the CCSD announced Stiegman’s retirement in a press release. Yet, since retiring in June, Steigman has remained on the CCSD payroll as a consultant. He is continuing to work in the Bridge View Road building. According to a former CCSD finance employee, it is illegal for a consultant to work in a government building and use government equipment. The CCSD is operating without a named interim CFO.

Steigman has a troubled past with three driving under the influence convictions prior to working for CCSD. He is responsible for monitoring a $480 million budget, yet he is not a Certified Public Accountant. Lowcountry Source heard him state at the last CCSD board meeting that he is working on the current budget.  Lowcounty Source reached out to a CCSD communications employee asking the status of Steigman and received no response.

In order to preserve public confidence in the school district’s finances, the nine-member Charleston County School Board should call on Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait to recommend one of the existing candidates for the CFO position and vote on the recommendation.