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Cinamon Watson, the Douglas County School District’s lead communications employee, has left the district “to pursue new opportunities,” according to DCSD.
Watson’s last day was Sept. 26.
Watson was DCSD’s community relations officer. Her salary, as of July 2014, was just under $129,000 — the highest among the communications’ department’s employees.
She also was interim executive director of the Douglas County Educational Foundation from late 2012 to 2014. Watson could not be reached for comment.
DCSD did not say if it will hire a new communications department employee.
“We thank her for her service and wish her well in her future endeavors,” reads an emailed statement from DCSD spokeswoman Paula Hans. “The community relations team is evaluating needs and will move forward in a way that best supports our students, staff, parents and community members.”
Before coming to DCSD in 2012, Watson was a principal at Republican campaign consulting firm Phase Line Strategies, deputy campaign manager for the successful re-election effort of former Colorado Governor Bill Owens, communications director for the Colorado Republican Party and Majority Communications Director for the Colorado State Senate. She started her career as the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) legislative director for education and empowerment policy.
ALEC’s model legislation created by state legislators and the private sector includes an Innovation Schools and School Districts Act, as well as a Parental Choice Scholarship Program Act. The district board recently authorized submission of an innovation waiver for a state-required test under the Innovation Schools Act, and DCSD’s voucher program is more formally known as the choice scholarship program.
Watson is married to former Republican House majority leader Chris Paulson, a lawyer who served in the state legislature with Owens.
Jason Christensen is now executive director of the Douglas County Educational Foundation.
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