HUTTO – The Hutto City Council approved a separation agreement with City Manager Odis Jones. Jones was hired by the city in 2016 as a change agent to restore financial solvency to the city and spur economic growth.
According to media reports, Jones will receive a $412,000 severance agreement. The agreement is for $283,000 base salary, $71,000 in benefits and $58,000 in paid vacation and sick leave.
Jones will also receive a $105,000 consulting agreement.
He said he was grateful for the opportunity to serve Hutto and in the three years he was the city manager, he completed his tasks.
Jones brought with him a national reputation for helping communities grow, along with a rolodex of investors to invest in Hutto. During his tenure in Hutto, the city has embraced a lean management and open for business culture that has led to an explosion of economic growth as well as exceptional enhancements to its citizens quality of life including new parks.
The latest Municipal Advisory Council of Texas report lists Hutto as having one of the highest assessed value growth rates in the state, but yet one of the lowest property tax rates demonstrating the city’s effectiveness in economic development and efficiency in operations, management and debt.
Tom Hines, Mayor Pro-Tem said, “The city council is extremely proud of the accomplishments of City Manager Odis Jones and we wish him well as he moves forward his career.”
Jones led the city to acquire its own water system, establish a new Industrial Park (Titan), the Co-Op development which is mixed-use development with Flix Brewhouse movie theater under construction.
Finally, the recruitment and development of Perfect Game to Hutto, which is the single largest economic development deal in the city’s history. A $1.5 billion project consisting of new baseball stadiums, convention center and more than 600,000 square-feet of retail, shops and restaurants.
Jones will remain with the city through Dec. 31, to assist with the knowledge transfer to staff and transition of city business. Additionally, he will stay as a consultant to the city on the Perfect Game project.
“In the relatively short time frame I have worked with Odis he has shown himself to be intelligent, visionary and a tireless advocate for the city of Hutto. It is difficult to imagine the challenges we would face in completing the Perfect Game project without his leadership. In fact, I would argue that the insight and understanding Mr. Jones brings to the project at this critical juncture is irreplaceable. The best interests of the city of Hutto and the Perfect Game project require Mr. Jones remain directly involved on the city’s behalf as an empowered third-party consultant”, said Dan Lowe, Managing Partner of Legacy Development.
Mayor Doug Gaul said, “Job well done. City Manager Odis Jones pulled the city back from the jaws of bankruptcy, built a competent staff and generated $4 billion of private investment into our town that will improve the quality of life for our residents for years to come.”