Jones confirmed his decision with housing authority board members Tuesday. Jones was one of 32 applicants for the position and was extended an employment offer by the HAM board of directors during a special meeting on June 2.
HAM Chair Pat Griefenkamp said the board wanted to hire someone who was familiar with HUD and had experience managing HUD properties.
Jones’ qualifications fit the bill, being the current executive director of the Williamstown Housing Authority combined with the fact he worked at the Maysville properties from 1994 to 2005, under the direction of former executive director, the late Bruce Hanna.
“It has worked out really well,” Grienfenkamp said.
Jones said Tuesday he is excited to return to Maysville.
“I love the people and I love the town,” he said. He acknowledged the decision to return to HAM is a step up for his career, as he assumes the reins of the Authority which manages 260 units.
He said he is looking forward to initiating joint ventures with community partners, utilizing his skills in capital funds and maintenance initiatives and making sure units are turned around as quickly and efficiently as possible to maintain unit occupancy rates.
He said he would also like to see the residential initiative coordinator position re-established, a position held by the late Pat Moore.
Jones is the father of five boys, all of whom attended Mason County schools.
“I feel it’s going to be a great opportunity,” he said.
Jones assumes his new duties on Monday, July 7.