The Woodlands board names Jan. 3 as last day for general manager Jeff Jones; interim replacement named

The Woodlands Township board of directors held a special meeting Dec. 29. (Screenshot via The Woodlands Township)
The Woodlands Township board of directors held a special meeting Dec. 29. (Screenshot via The Woodlands Township)

The Woodlands Township board of directors held a special meeting Dec. 29. (Screenshot via The Woodlands Township)

The last day for The Woodlands Township's general manager and president Jeff Jones will be Jan. 3, the township board of directors unanimously decided at a Dec. 29 special meeting.

The special meeting was called to hold an executive session, which is closed to the public, to discuss Jones. Board members did not disclose the reason for the session beyond what was stated on the agenda, which was "to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee, or to hear a complaint or charge against an officer or employee."

Jones has served as general and manager since Aug. 31, 2020, replacing longtime general manager Don Norrell.

After establishing Jones' last day of employment, the board unanimously voted to appoint Monique Sharp, assistant general manager for finance and administration, as the interim general manager.

Board Chair Gordy Bunch was not present at the meeting, but Vice Chair Bruce Rieser, who led the meeting, said Bunch may be attending the closed session through videoconferencing. Rieser said Bunch was not present because he was positive for COVID-19.


The board previously named two employees, Chris Nunes and Karen Dempsey, as interim assistant general managers for community services. John Powers, who previously held that position, announced his retirement effective at the end of the year on Dec. 9.
By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.