HomeLocal governmentFormer GPD Chief Tony Jones to retire from City, take on volunteer work for State Attorney’s Office
Former GPD Chief Tony Jones to retire from City, take on volunteer work for State Attorney’s Office
August 14, 2023
BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Former Gainesville Police Department Chief Tony Jones has decided to retire from the City of Gainesville, effective September 30, but he already has plans to stay active in law enforcement: he was sworn in as a volunteer Investigator for the State Attorney’s office in June.
City Manager Cynthia Curry sent a memo to city commissioners on July 17, announcing that Jones plans to retire on September 30. In her memo, Curry said Jones “has left an indelible mark on the community with his unwavering commitment to our youth, juvenile justice and community policing as a whole.” Jones is currently making $62,000 at the City, although the minimum pay for his position is listed as $150k in a City database. The total savings to the City (with benefits) for eliminating his position will be $74,889.71.
Jones first joined the City of Gainesville in 1975 as a Public Safety Cadet at GPD, retired as a Captain in 2004, and came back as Chief of Police in 2009; he also served as Interim City Manager for a few months in 2005. He is known for his focus on juvenile justice, particularly the Reichert House, which formally ended on May 31, with all associated staff positions ending on September 30.
Jones was reassigned to an Interim Chief Operating Officer position at City Hall in January 2022 and was named the Special Advisor to the City Manager for Juvenile Justice & Community Support Programs in July 2022. Current GPD Chief Lonnie Scott, Sr., was promoted to that position as an Interim when Jones moved to City Hall and as Chief when Jones was named as a Special Advisor.
Jones signed the Oath of Office and was appointed as an Investigator for the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida on June 23. Darry Lloyd, who will supervise Jones at the 8th Circuit, said Jones will be a Reserve Investigator, an unpaid position that assists with the prosecution of cases.
Lloyd said Reserve Investigators typically assist with logistical issues on major trials, particularly in coordinating the appearances of law enforcement officers, victims, and witnesses. Reserve Investigators help with travel arrangements, expense reimbursement paperwork, excusal letters for jobs, and interpreters.
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