City Manager Jones is a collaborative and seasoned executive with more than two decades of expertise in managing complex governmental operations and economic development organizations. He has managed a budget of more than $250 million and 1,500 employees during his career. Mr. Jones is nationally regarded as a leader in restoring solvency to local governments as he worked on the team in Detroit during its 2013 National Bankruptcy filing where he led the restructuring of Detroit’s Street Lighting and Electric Grid system. His efforts were applauded by President Barack Obama and he was featured in The New York Times: https://bit.ly/2OBiFC4, https://bit.ly/2ZDVX2A; TIME magazine, FORBES and FORTUNE and was also a central participant in an international television commercial with Citibank Global: https://bit.ly/3eB3BPj.
Equally important, Mr. Jones has led signature economic development projects throughout his career including, but not limited to: The Banks Project in Cincinnati, Ohio, a mixed-use waterfront redevelopment within the Sports and Entertainment District; and the redevelopment of Gowdy Field and the 315 Tech Corridor in Columbus, Ohio. He also helped to structure the public financing of the Journal Square project in Jersey City, N.J. while serving as Director of Real Estate & Development for the State of New Jersey Economic Development Authority, a project that changed the skyline with 30-, 40- and 50-story towers as part of that development and he led Gov. Jon Corzine’s Urban Fund, a successful initiative to finance startup and expanding women- and minority-owned businesses throughout New Jersey.
Furthermore, during his tenure as City Manager in Hutto, not only did Mr. Jones restore fiscal stability, he also left the municipality with a healthy reserve fund, acquired and developed a water system that will supply citizens with water for the next 100 years, and built a new waste water facility and system. Mr. Jones also worked with the community to restructure and improve the City’s Police Department after inheriting an agency that had lost the confidence and faith of its residents. He hired a new Chief, reorganized the department and implemented the 21st Century Community Policing Modality which included establishing citizen advisory boards as well as new use-of-force guidelines within the department. Hutto was recently ranked the Safest City in Texas after a three-year turnaround effort led by Mr. Jones according to FBI statistics. Former Police Chief Byron Frankland and current Police Chief Paul Hall credit Jones’ leadership for the turnaround.
Additionally, Mr. Jones led an explosion of economic growth in Central Texas while successfully recruiting national corporate headquarters to Hutto and leading an initiative that produced more than $4 billion of private sector investment increasing City revenues significantly as evidenced by the State Comptroller announcing recently that Hutto sales taxes increased this year alone by 37 percent. All the new retail development that has and is taking shape, including the Co-Op Entertainment District that is home to the new City Hall and Library, is part of Jones efforts in negotiating the deal.
Mr. Jones also recruited Perfect Game world headquarters to Hutto—a billion-dollar deal—after competing against 50 communities throughout the United States for the agreement. He also successfully lobbied the Texas Legislature to change the Hotel Bid tax law to allow State Hotel taxes to be used for the construction of Hutto’s planned Convention Center and Convention Hotel. And, Mr. Jones led the project to develop a 10k seat state-of-the-art Amphitheater and Music Venue in Hutto and signed a deal with Ryan Sander’s Entertainment to host 30 annual top performing artists and concerts at the Brushy Creek Amphitheater along with establishing a public-private partnership with KOKE FM to host the annual KOKEFEST, one of the largest Red Dirt music festivals in the country.
Other former managers, employees and colleagues describe Mr. Jones as a collaborative, data-focused, results-oriented mentor and coach and several of his former team members have obtained executive level positions with governmental entities and in the private sector with global organizations.
National colleagues and advocates of Mr. Jones say he is a creative thinker and a problem-solver who fosters a pro-business culture, has helped to redefine municipal policies and procedures through the implementation of innovative solutions and is constantly identifying new ideas and concepts to help improve business processes and the quality-of-life for residents.
City Manager Jones earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Central Michigan University and completed the Capital Markets Forum program at Harvard University.
Along with his other professional distinctions, City Manager Jones also acquired the following honors: the Y Texas All In Award for leading economic development efforts in Texas, the “Michigan Chronicles Man of Excellence Award”, the “Public Sector Developer of the Year” by the Mid-Ohio Development Exchange, the State of Michigan Achievement Award for implementing a model workforce development program called “Breaking through the Barriers”; and recognition as a “Leading Executive” in Columbus by Business First and as a “40 and Under Executive of the Year” in the Columbus metropolitan area.