City Manager Maurice Jones to Leave Position before End of Contract

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City Manager Maurice Jones will leave his position before his contract is officially over.

On Tuesday, July 10, the Chapel Hill town council announced that Jones has accepted a job as the town manager in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

City Council announced back on May 25 that Jones would not receive an extension to his contract, which is set to expire in December. Councilors didn't offer any reason as to the timing of their announcement and declined to answer any questions.

Jones has received criticism from councilors as well as community members for his handling of the Unite the Right rally last summer.

Jones' last day will be July 31 to start his new job on August 20. He'll have a two-week overlap with the current town manager, Roger L. Stancil, who's set to retire. Charlottesville plans to name an interim city manager on July 20.

Statement from Charlottesville City Council:

On May 25th, the Charlottesville City Council made a decision not to renew City Manager Maurice Jones’ contract past its expiration date of December 7, 2018 and issued a commitment to work with the community, our employees, and all of our stakeholders to select a new City Manager for the City of Charlottesville. As of today, an earlier separation date has been agreed to, and we can share that Mr. Jones has accepted the position of Town Manager at Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Mr. Jones will conclude his work as our City Manager on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

Council thanks Mr. Jones for his service to the City of Charlottesville, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.

As we hire a new City Manager, we recognize that this is a transformative time for our community. We will ensure that the community is updated on a regular basis on the City Manager search, and we will be soliciting your feedback and participation throughout the process. At this time, Council has retained Springsted-Waters to assist us with recruitment. This is the same firm that the City has worked with for several key staff searches, most recently our Chief of Police RaShall Brackney. We expect the search process to last about four to six months. In the meantime, Council is making plans to name an interim City Manager and will make an announcement on Friday, July 20.

We are committed to creating a healthy and responsive organization that will continue the challenging and rewarding work of fostering a safe and equitable environment for all who live here.

Charlottesville City Council