West Point CAO’s future remains unclear

Staff Writer

A motion to reappoint West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones died during last week’s board meeting, leaving his future with the city unclear.

Ward 4 Selectman Keith McBrayer made a motion to reappoint Jones as CAO, but without a second the motion died.

The board unanimously accepted motions to reappoint Orlando Richmond as City Board Attorney, Deloris Doss as City Clerk of the Board, Benny Jones as City Judge and Michelle Easterling as City Prosecutor during last week’s meeting.

Ward 1 Selectman Leta Turner and Ward 4 Selectman Ken Poole both said the issue was a personnel matter and did not have any further comment.

Ward 2 Selectman William Binder also did not have a comment on the matter.

Mayor Robbie Robinson said Jones was still currently employed by the city.

Jones said he has worked for the city of West Point since January 1999, and has served as CAO since August 2008.

“Jones is very valuable in keeping the city moving forward,” Robinson said. “It is a highly technical job, and he provides a wealth of knowledge for the city.”

Jones works alongside the mayor and board to plan, organize and coordinate day-to-day operations of city departments. As CAO, Jones serves as general administration, personnel administration, General Manager for the Water and Light Department, General Manager of the Water and Sewer Department, Emergency Service Address Mapping and Database Coordinator, Airport Manager of McCharen Airport, Flood Plain Administrator and Community and Public Events Coordinator.

Robinson said if Jones is not reappointed, a search will begin for his replacement to find someone with the appropriate qualifications that can meet the job description.

Robinson said the matter will be readdressed at the next board meeting on Aug. 8, but a special meeting may be called at a time yet to be determined.