Will Jones bid lands biz leader city status as ‘Mayor’

JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Posted 5/10/16

Will Jones, Jones Management Services Inc. vice president, was “Mayor for the Day” on Monday as he helped Mayor Tom Rowland run the Cleveland City Council meetings.

Jones said he had wanted …

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Will Jones bid lands biz leader city status as ‘Mayor’

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Will Jones, Jones Management Services Inc. vice president, was “Mayor for the Day” on Monday as he helped Mayor Tom Rowland run the Cleveland City Council meetings.

Jones said he had wanted to be “Mayor for the Day” on May 1, but since that was a Sunday it was not possible. Instead, he selected the first City Council meeting in May as his day in the administrative seat.

In addition to attending the City Council meetings, Jones met with Cleveland City Manager Janice Casteel, discussed issues facing the Council with the mayor and attended a department head meeting.

“It’s been interesting. It has been nice to see how all of the department heads come together and work on issues,” Jones said.

Jones gained the opportunity for the experience during an auction at the Museum Center at Five Points fundraiser last year.

“I thought it would be nice to see how the city government works,” Jones said. “You always see it from the outside. Why not step on the inside to see it clearly?”

The auction raised $100,000 for the museum. The fundraiser was called “Boots and Bowties” and honored Rowland for his service to the community.

Rowland is the second longest serving mayor in the state of Tennessee.

The museum fundraiser is used to secure a fourth of the needed operating budget for the museum.

While Jones was helping conduct the meeting, the Council approved a bid of $7,600 for surplus property of the Cleveland Regional Jetport. The Council also declared a 999 Case 621c Loader from the Public Works Department as surplus property and approved it to be sold on Govdeals.com.

An update was also given on the paving project for Stuart Road which has been completed. The paving project had previously been delayed because the Tennessee Department of Transportation would not approve the original bid.

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