Cherry Creek schools CFO Guy Bellville steps down after 26 years


AURORA | For the first time in 26 years, a new face will be leading the Fiscal Services Department at Cherry Creek School District.

Chief Financial Officer Guy Bellville announced he is retiring June of next year after working with the district for nearly three decades under four different superintendents.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to work for the one of the finest public education school districts in the nation,” Bellville said in a press release. “And, while I am looking forward to what’s next, I will miss working with the people I have to come think of as my second family.”

Under Bellville, CCSD earned many accolades for their fiscal work, including the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association for more than 20 out Bellville’s 26 years of service. The award recognizes state and local governments that prepare budget documents of the highest quality. The documents are judged according to 27 different criteria, including how understandable the budget is to the average reader.

It was this ability to break down information into digestible nuggets of fiscal facts and his knowledge of Colorado’s complicated Public School Finance Act that made Bellville an asset to CCSD, said board president Randy Perlis.

“Guy’s devotion to excellence and his clear understanding of the state’s complex system for funding public schools has made it possible for the board to make informed decisions about how to provide the resources needed to ensure that students have the best possible opportunities to succeed,” Perlis said.

David Hart, a current director at PFM Financial Advisors LLC, will be taking Bellville’s place as CFO. Hart previously served as the CFO for Denver Public Schools and the Douglas County School District. He will start at CCSD in February to begin the transition.

“No one can replace Guy, but David’s experience and knowledge of public school finance make him the perfect fit for the Cherry Creek School District going forward,” said Harry Bull, CCSD superintendent. “We feel very fortunate that he will be joining us.”