Gynii Gilliam, chief economic development officer for the Idaho Department of Commerce, has resigned that position, citing "philosophical differences," the Idaho State Journal reported.
Department Director Jeff Sayer said he agreed with Gilliam's statement.
"It's a long story," Sayer said. "The safest and simplest way to explain this is that I would concur. She and I had completely different view of how we wanted this department to go. I have a lot of respect for Gynii's integrity and courage in making this decision."
The recent departmental restructuring reduced the number of divisions from seven to three. Gilliam remained a division chief after the deck was reshuffled. Her position will be rehired, Sayer said.
Sayer said losing the three high-ranking employees wouldn't culminate to slow the department.
"It's just the opposite of that," Sayer said. "This will free us up to move forward at a very rapid pace. The people joining the department will bring some fresh ideas that will help us in a lot of ways."
Gilliam, of Boise, told the Pocatello newspaper that she resigned the position effective last Friday.
“I want to thank Jeff Sayer and the Idaho Department of Commerce for the opportunity to serve all of Idaho,” Gilliam said in a statement. “Over the last year and a half we have partnered with private industries, our communities and sister agencies and organizations to bring over 3,500 direct jobs and over $700 million in capital investments to the state. However, due to philosophical differences, I have tendered my resignation as chief economic development officer for the Idaho Department of Commerce. I will continue to focus on and work toward the success of Idaho.”
Gilliam was head of Bannock Development Corp. in Pocatello for more than five years, from May 2006 through 2011. She left Pocatello to take the state job.