July 31, 2007 > Greg Jones selected at City Manager
Greg Jones selected at City Manager
Mayor Michael Sweeney announced that the City Council has selected Greg Jones to become Hayward's new City Manager. Jones takes on the position left vacant due to the recent retirement of Jesus Armas. Council is expected to formally appoint Jones and approve the details of the new City Manager's contract at their meeting on July 31. Mayor Sweeney indicated that Jones will begin his new duties October 1.
Currently the City Manager for the City of Chico, Jones is looking forward to working with the City Council and the organization to build on the successes already achieved by the City. "I have been impressed with the professionalism of the organization as I have gone through the selection process and look forward to working with a great team of employees to continue to move things forward." Jones has been with the City of Chico since 2004, serving first as Assistant City Manager and then City Manager.
Jones has nearly 25 years of public sector experience in various capacities, including service as an officer in the United States Air Force. Jones previously served as Assistant City Manager in Concord, California prior to moving to Chico. "His background fits well with many of the challenges he will face in Hayward. His experience in Concord and Chico have given him a well rounded understanding of local government, and how to go about delivering excellent public services, "according to Mayor Sweeney.
Jones is a gradate of Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and received his Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from California State University, Hayward (now East Bay)
Greg and his wife, Betty, will make Hayward their home, relocating from their home in Chico. Their children and grandchildren reside in the East Bay, which was a contributing factor in Jones' reason for relocating to Hayward. "Family is a priority for me and my wife, and living in Hayward will be absolutely perfect on a personal level. I also believe a City Manager should live where he or she works. Betty and I can't wait to become a part of the Hayward community.