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Angel Jones quits city post to relocate.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Assistant Eugene 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, 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, Va., said she took the Gaithersburg job because she has relatives in the Washington, D.C., area and in Virginia. 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 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 resigned last year and moved back to Montana.

She declined to seek the top Eugene job, which surprised City Hall observers. Jon Ruiz became Eugene city manager in April.

- Ed Russo
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Title Annotation:Government local; Eugene's assistant city manager takes a job as city manager of Gaithersburg, Md.
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jul 29, 2008
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