Detroit utility executive tapped to be next Hutto city manager

Odis Jones, the next city manager of Hutto (Courtesy/City of Hutto)
Odis Jones, the next city manager of Hutto (Courtesy/City of Hutto)

HUTTO, Texas (KXAN) — Hutto City Council has announced Odis Jones as its next city manager. Jones comes to Hutto from Detroit, Michigan, where he served as CEO of the Public Lighting Authority, responsible for the reconstruction of the city’s power and street lighting grid.

Mayor Doug Gaul lauded Jones as an expert in expanding local economies. “Hutto will benefit greatly from his leadership and knowledge of development, finance and infrastructure,” the mayor said.

Hutto’s previous city manager, Karen Daly, resigned in June after city council members expressed a lack of faith in her abilities, including how the city handled the appeals process after a Hutto police sergeant was fired in July 2015.

Jones’ resume includes time as the city administrator in Obetz, Ohio, where he attracted Rodenstock USA to move in from Munich, Germany, according to a statement from the city of Hutto. He previously worked in Cincinnati as the executive director of Economic Development.

The new city manager has a master’s degree in public administration. Jones is married with four children and says he is looking forward to call Hutto home.

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