After an extensive nationwide search earlier this year, Jeff Jones was hired by the seven (7) member Township Board of Directors to become the Township's President and General Manager. Mr. Jones began this new role on Monday, August 31, 2020.
The President/General Manager reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for coordinating, directing and managing all activities related The Woodlands Township including:
About Jeff Jones
Prior to his role in The Woodlands, Mr. Jones served as Deputy City Manager for the City of Mesquite, Texas, a community of 145,000 residents that spans both eastern Dallas and western Kaufman counties. He also served as Mesquite’s Assistant City Manager.
After joining the City of Mesquite in 2016, Jones had provided oversight of the Police, Fire, Public Works, Planning and Development, Economic Development, Parks and Recreation, Human Resources and Risk Management departments, as well as the Mesquite Metro Airport and the Mesquite Arts Center.
During Jones’s time in Mesquite, the City accomplished many milestones including the addition of more than 3,000,000 square feet of new commercial property and 3,000 jobs to the local economy, achieving both state and National Main Street accreditation for Downtown Mesquite, a Comprehensive Land Use Plan and attracting significant private investment in the Metro Airport.
With a record of responsibility ranging from Public Safety to the Arts, Jones managed and led expanding programming and upgrading of the Mesquite Arts Center, negotiating a contract extension for commercial solid waste services, reducing building permit processing time by more than 60 percent, improving several fire stations (including the reconstruction of Fire Station No. 4), enhancing police recruitment, and negotiating two Meet and Confer Agreements with the Mesquite Police Association.
Throughout his 25-plus-year career, Jones has served four cities – two in Texas and two in Wyoming. Prior to joining The Woodlands, Jones served the City of Hurst, Texas, a first-tier suburb of Fort Worth, where he led the effort to help revitalize the Hurst Town Center area with development of the Hurst Conference Center and, later, the adjoining Hilton hotel. Under his leadership, the city also garnered state and national awards for its marketing and communications initiatives.
Jones, a native of Casper, Wyo., earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Sociology from Black Hills State University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Texas Tech. He is also a graduate of the Public Executive Institute of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is certified as a Credentialed Manager (CM) by the International City County Management Association (ICMA) and earned ICMA’s 25-year service award in 2019. Jones is also a member of the Texas City Management Association and the North Texas City Management Association. In 2003, he served as president of the Urban Management Assistants of North Texas.