George Jeffries, City Treasurer, Dies

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George Jeffries, Tustin’s long time City Treasurer, died suddenly last week. Jeffries, who had not been ill and was not known to be under a doctor’s care, reportedly died from a heart attack on Tuesday.

City Manager Jeff Parker said that at least one of the city councilmen wad mildly concerned saying the octegenarian looked under the weather. Parker said it was a shock and many of the staff were saddened by his sudden death.

Jeffries held the position of City Treasurer for more than 16 years. He was also involved with Orange County investnents, sitting on at least one advisory board for the county as well as the retirement system. During the past eight years, he was often the center of discussion for the city council as Deborah Gavello fequently complained of questionable investments she felt were illegal for the city. Gavello often called for his removal but the Jerry Amante led majority managed to keep him in place despite the criticism.

Parker said the city will not be affected by Jeffries death and they will be able to continue management of the investment funds. “George had a conservative approach  to investments and both Pam and I have signature authority”,referring to city Finance Director, Pamela Arends-King. He said the council has not discussed a replacement but several options could be considered. One of those options could be to appoint the Finance Director as treasurer. “They do that in other cities”, Parker Said.

Memorial services for Jeffries will be Friday, April 19th at 11:00 am at Calvary Chapel on Tustin Avenue across from Western Medical Center.

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About Jeff Gallagher

My day job is a peace officer for the 2nd largest law enforcement agency in Orange County. I live in and love Tustin where my family and I have resided for the past 17 years. I am a highly moderate libertarian that despises hardcore Republicans, Democrats and anyone else who is not willing to compromise for the good of the people.

Posted on April 14, 2013, in In the News, Local Government, Politics, Tustin City Council and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. He was always a gentleman in my dealings with him

    • I never meet him personally but almost everyone who knew him said the same thing to me. One thing for sure, he was a bargain for the city that we are not going to find again.

  2. Judy Wolfe, OCCPSAA President

    George was a fellow Penn State alumnus. A most loyal and generous member of our Orange County chapter. He will be missed by many. R.I. P. Our deepest sympathy to his wife and family.

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