Monday, December 4, 2023

Suspended Argyle town manager resigns

Matt Jones

Argyle’s town manager has resigned from his post after he was suspended indefinitely.

Last month, the Argyle Town Council held an executive session meeting in which they suspended Town Manager Matt Jones indefinitely with pay. Kristi Gilbert, the town secretary, was named acting town manager. Gilbert and Mayor Don Moser declined to comment on the decision, and Jones could not be reached for comment.

During the Town Council meeting on May 22, the Town Council held an executive session for almost an hour to discuss the town manager situation, and afterward, the council voted unanimously to accept Jones’ resignation.

Jones is not accused of any illegal activity or untoward misconduct in association with his employment with the town, and his resignation was in “mutual interest” of Jones and the town, town staff said during the meeting.

Moser said Tuesday that he could not comment on what he called a personnel issue, but he did say that Gilbert is qualified to continue as acting town manager.

“We will be be conducting a search shortly for a town manager, and (Gilbert) will be in the mix, if she chooses to be,” Moser said.

Jones began working for the town in February 2015 as the director of community development. Last summer, he was named the interim town manager to replace Paul Frederiksen, who left the position at the end of July. In August, the town removed the “interim” from Jones’ title.

Jones has more than 10 years of municipal government experience working for the cities of Abilene and Southlake and the town of Trophy Club.

Mark Smith
Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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