Angel Jones quits city post to relocate.Byline: The Register-Guard
Assistant Eugene Eugene, city (1990 pop. 112,669), seat of Lane co., W Oregon, on the Willamette River; inc. 1862. A processing and shipping center in a farming area, the "Emerald City" has lumbering, food-processing, and microchip and other electronics industries. City Manager Angel Jones will become the new city manager of Gaithersburg, Md.
Jones, who has held three different positions within Eugene city government, starts her new job on Sept. 29. Gaithersburg is a city of 60,000 people 13 miles northwest of Washington Washington, town, England
Washington, town (1991 pop. 48,856), Sunderland metropolitan district, NE England. Washington was designated one of the new towns in 1964 to alleviate overpopulation in the Tyneside-Wearside area. , D.C.
Jones was the first black woman to head a Eugene city department, and the first to become assistant city manager and interim city manager.
Jones, who came to Eugene nine years ago from Richmond Richmond, cities, United States
1 City (1990 pop. 87,425), Contra Costa co., W Calif., on San Pablo Bay, an inlet of San Francisco Bay; inc. 1905. , Va., said she took the Gaithersburg job because she has relatives in the Washington, D.C., area and in Virginia Virginia, state, United States
Virginia, state of the south-central United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), North Carolina and Tennessee (S), Kentucky and West Virginia (W), and Maryland and the District of Columbia (N and NE). . Jones also said she wants to work in a more "culturally diverse" city than Eugene with more African- American residents.
"I had an opportunity to learn and grow while in Eugene," she said. "While I wished it would have offered me more culturally, it was a great place for me to gain experience. And I will always appreciate the friends that I have established and the relationships that I've built."
Mayor Kitty Piercy "Kitty" Piercy is the current mayor of Eugene, Oregon, sworn in January of 2005.
The press dubbed Piercy's election part of a "shift to the left" for the Eugene City Council. and city councilors on Monday praised Jones, including her role in helping to bring the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials back to Eugene.
In Gaithersburg, Jones will follow the directives of a five-person City Council, which hired her.
Jones will be in charge of 258 employees and an annual budget of $52.3 million.
Her starting salary will be $165,000, an increase of $17,840 from her current salary.
Jones stepped in and led Eugene's government for nine months after former City Manager Dennis Taylor
She declined to seek the top Eugene job, which surprised City Hall observers. Jon Ruiz became Eugene city manager in April.
- Ed Russo