Public Works Director Rob Leichman will serve as interim city manager, and city council is accepting job candidate resumes through Sept. 7.
“He’s helped the city progress through the growing stages, he’s done a good job for us,” Woodrey said about Jones.
Jones said he is proud of his tenure with the city, especially helping to secure levy funding for the police and fire departments, the amphitheater and the new fire station that is nearing completion. Above all, though, he said his role in staffing was key for him.
“Equally if not more important was hiring and retaining the quality of staff needed to make your city work, for the best interest of your citizens,” he said. “We have an absolutely fantastic staff (in Trenton).”
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Woodrey said the new city manager will need to “hit the ground running with some economic development experience” so they can continue to find industrial park users, but also secure more food and entertainment businesses.
Trenton Police Chief Arthur Scott said he is sad to see his friend — who will be “sorely missed” — leave but he has left an indelible mark on the city.
“First and foremost he’ll be missed by the community because he has been a diligent and successful city manager here in the past,” Scott said. “He’s always been a person that’s looked to the future and never in the rear view mirror, so to speak, with regard to where he wants the city to go and how he wants to improve services and improve the quality of work that each and every person in the city does.”
To-date the city has received 10 resumes for the city manager job.