Jones emailed city employees Friday to inform them that she was leaving Smyrna.
“It has been an honor and privilege to work with you to accomplish so many great things for these past 10 1/2 years,” she wrote in the email, a screen capture of which was shared by the city. “I wish each of you all the best.”
Bennett said Jones will remain on the city’s payroll for six months. Jones had an annual salary of $170,770, she said.
Jones served as assistant city administrator for Smyrna from December 2009 to April 2017 and was named city administrator in May 2017.
According to a cached version of the city’s website, Jones was the assistant town manager for Berlin, Connecticut, from 2006 to 2009 and served for six years as the assistant to the city administrator in League City, Texas. She has a master’s degree in public administration from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Tougaloo College.
Bennett was appointed Smyrna’s new police chief in February. He replaced former chief David Lee, who retired after more than 30 years in law enforcement.
Norton said he will discuss with the City Council how Smyrna should proceed with finding a permanent city administrator. Until the pandemic improves, Smyrna will continue with an interim city administrator, he said.