San Bernardino Seal

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/29/2013 07:02:26 PM PST

Special Section: San Bernardino

SAN BERNARDINO – Finance Director Jason Simpson has resigned, leaving the city without its top budget officer shortly after the interim city manager took another job.

Simpson and Acting City Manager Andrea Travis-Miller were credited with finding many of the problems that led to the city’s bankruptcy filing and have led its high-pressure budget cuts and reorganization attempts in bankruptcy court.

To many, the two seemed indispensable.

“If Jason leaves, there won’t really be anybody left,” said Councilwoman Virginia Marquez. “In my eyes, they were the perfect team, the perfect partnership to first and foremost identify the financial issues and second help get us through them.”

Mayor Pat Morris said he learned of the departure Tuesday and is working on a plan to keep the finances in order in a city that he said is still regaining the trust of its residents and employees.

“I understand he’s taken another job,” Morris said. “I learned about that today, so I’m working on it.”

Simpson was reportedly out sick Tuesday, and details such as his new job and his last day in San Bernardino were not available.

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