City Council accepts resignation of Ward B councilor
By mid-September, residents of Katy’s Ward A will be represented by a new person on the Katy City Council following the August resignation of J. Gary Jones.
In a brief Sept. 4 meeting, Katy City Council accepted the resignation of Jones. Jones was not at the special meeting.
Jones ran unopposed for re-election in May 2017. His term expires in May 2019. He was appointed in June 2015 to the seat after the death of incumbent William Lawton.
The city charter requires that City Council must fill a vacancy on the elective body within 20 days of when a vacancy occurs. The appointee will serve in the position until the next regular city election when a person will be elected to fill the remainder of Jones’ unexpired term of office. The next regular city election will be in May.
Jones submitted his resignation in an Aug. 30 handwritten letter.
“It is with deep sadness and extreme remorse that I am hereby submitting my resignation from my Ward A council member seat,” he began. “I have some personal issues that require my undivided and utmost attention. Therefore, I would be unable to discharge my duties. I hope you understand that this matter far outweighs my position as council member for the city of Katy.”
“I want to thank each of you for your support and understanding,” added Jones.
Earlier this year, Jones successfully asked that the city rename the Katy Heritage Museum after its founder, Johnny Nelson, former Katy mayor and city administrator. The museum now is called the Johnny Nelson Heritage Museum.
A retired U.S. Marine, Jones also promoted activities of Texans Embracing America’s Military, a nonprofit formed by Katy resident Ralph Oliver. The nonprofit organizes sendoffs for Katy-area recruits before they leave for training.