Missouri City City Council ousts City Manager Odis Jones

Former Missouri City Mayor Yolanda Ford and former City Manager Odis Jones at his swearing-in July 31. (Courtesy city of Missouri City)
Former Missouri City Mayor Yolanda Ford and former City Manager Odis Jones at his swearing-in July 31. (Courtesy city of Missouri City)

Former Missouri City Mayor Yolanda Ford and former City Manager Odis Jones at his swearing-in July 31. (Courtesy city of Missouri City)

Editor's note: Find Community Impact Newspaper's updated version of this story here.

Former Missouri City City Manager Odis Jones’ employment was terminated at an April 26 City Council meeting by a 5-2 vote, according to a release from the city.


Council also voted 5-0 to appoint Bill Atkinson, Missouri City’s assistant city manager, as interim city manager. Atkinson has held the role of assistant city manager for 14 years.

Staff will begin the process to search for a new city manager.

Jones was hired by a split vote from Missouri City City Council on July 7.



This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

By Laura Aebi

Editor, Katy and Sugar Land/Missouri City

Laura joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2020 after a few years in the public relations industry. Laura graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Originally from North Texas, Laura relocated to Houston after spending three years in Pacific Northwest. Previously, she interned with two radio stations in Central Texas and held the role of features editor at the San Marcos Daily Record. Laura writes about local government, development, transportation, education, real estate and small businesses in these communities.

By Claire Shoop

Reporter, Northwest Austin

Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition and in December 2021 moved to Austin to become the reporter for the Northwest Austin edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.