Former Clinton City Manager Steve Jones has been hired by the City of Oak Ridge to provide economic development support services, with a particular emphasis on industrial and commercial recruitment.

The term of the support services agreement is April through October 2013. Mr. Jones will be paid $3500 per month and will report to City Manager Mark Watson.

“Steve was extremely successful as a recruiter during his ten year tenure as City Manager of Clinton,” Mr. Watson stated. “With the advent of the UPF project and the upswing in industrial activity in the region, the City will benefit from having a professional business developer focusing everyday on opportunities for Oak Ridge. I look forward to having Steve representing us at the regional and state levels.”

Mr. Jones holds a B.S. in Aeronautics, with a focus on Industrial Engineering Technology, from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served as an Electronic Warfare Systems Specialist and in Operation Desert Shield and Proud Shield. He was awarded several medals, including the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.

He served as Clinton City Manager from 2000-2010, and has since served has a private consultant, adjunct faculty member at Lincoln Memorial University, and as Director of Southeast Regional Business Development for RJ Lee Group, a materials science firm based in Pittsburgh, PA.

Media contact: Candice Brogan, (865) 425-3546

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