by Ralph Routon
In its characterization of staff reductions announced Thursday, the Gazette reports that editor Jeff Thomas has resigned as of Dec. 31.
However, his name already has vanished from its usual place on page 2 of the print edition, where he had been listed as editor and vice president among senior managers.
Carmen Boles, who had been overseeing the gazette.com online operation, has taken over as director of content, which includes the newsroom and print content as well.
The total number of Gazette staff cuts, including both the news and business/advertising areas, remains uncertain with rumors ranging from 14 to 24.
—————LAST POST, 5:30 P.M. THURSDAY—————
Jeff Thomas, editor and vice president at the Gazette since 2006, was among as many as a dozen staff members who lost their jobs today. His name has been removed from the newspaper's website.
After numerous people were escorted out of the Gazette building, a staff meeting took place and changes were announced. Carmen Boles, who has headed the paper's online operation, was named content coordinator including the newsroom.
The departures also apparently include Jerry Buck, who was vice president of operations. Many of the other newsroom layoffs were in management and/or had worked 10 or more years at the Gazette.
—————ORIGINAL POST, 2:48 p.m.—————
At least a handful of newsroom employees have lost their jobs today in the latest round of staff cutbacks at Colorado Springs' daily newspaper.
Two sources who have talked to staff members inside the Gazette newsroom are saying that editor Jeff Thomas is among those who have been let go and have left the building at 30 S. Prospect St. As of this posting, he remains listed as editor and vice president on the Gazette's website.
The departures apparently include several others in management. We hear a staff meeting has been scheduled for 3 p.m. to announce the cuts.
Thomas, who initially came to the Gazette in 1988, has been editor since 2006. Prior to that, he served as managing editor, starting in 2002.