At the end of the January Loganville City Council meeting, Loganville City Manager Bill Jones tendered his resignation, letting officials know that he is retiring, effective Feb. 28, 2017. He gave a letter notifying the council members as soon as the meeting adjourned following Mayor Dan Curry’s State of the City address.
Curry said he had not yet had an opportunity to read it, but he did understand that it was coming at some time.
“He has been talking about it for some time now, but I thought it would be further on down the line,” Curry said. “I realize he has had some health problems so I do understand it, but he will be sorely missed.”
In his letter notifying city council members of his intention to retire, Jones wrote,
“It has been a remarkable journey one of which I am extremely proud. While I have to say that it has included many challenges of both positive and negative experiences, it has been a wonderful opportunity and I say Thank You to all of those that I have had the opportunity to serve with as City Manager.
I am forever Thankful for the opportunity to work with the best employees on the planet and I am proud of every one of them for their professionalism and dedication to make Loganville the best place to work, live and thrive. They have truly made my job easier. I am also thankful to have Danny Roberts serve with me as the Assistant City Manager and I hope that he will be given serious consideration to move into the position as City Manager.
Many things have changed since I first got involved in Loganville politics in 1997 and we have seen many changes that have had a positive impact on our City.
We now have a team of professionals that are quite capable of moving our City to new heights and I am ready to step aside and let them lead.”
Loganville Fire Chief Danny Roberts was appointed assistant city manager last summer. At the time, officials said the position was being created to help Jones deal with all the recent developments and property purchases for economic development that the city has been making. The city has embarked on extensive revitalization efforts in the downtown area, making several property purchases to help with the efforts, including the old Loganville Elementary School Building.
“It is hard for me to envision (Jones) not having some part with the city still, at least somewhere in the future. I would suggest that he stay on, maybe in an advisory capacity,” Curry said. “We’ve got too much stuff going on right now for him to not have some sort of involvement.”
Loganville Fire Chief Danny Roberts with City Manager Bill Jones. Roberts has been appointed assistant city manager effective July 1, 2016. Photo credit: Mylinda Knittel