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Gainesville Interim City Manager Cynthia W. Curry announces two leadership appointments

Press release from City of Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Gainesville Interim City Manager Cynthia W. Curry has announced Acting Chief Operating Officer Tony Jones has been appointed the City’s special advisor for juvenile justice and community support programs. In addition, Acting Chief of Police Lonnie Scott will become the Gainesville Police Department’s (GPD) next police chief. Both will assume their new roles Monday, July 25.

“Chief Jones will have the opportunity to leverage the networks and relationships he has built over his stellar 47-year tenure at the City,” Curry said.

In his new role, Jones will continue to impact the reduction of gun violence and develop effective intervention programs for at-risk youth and young adults across the city. He also will continue to serve as the neighborhood manager for the Pineridge Neighborhood as part of the City’s Community F.I.R.S.T. initiative that promotes a facilitative, innovative, restorative, supportive, and timely approach to neighborhood needs.

Jones will report to the interim city manager with a working relationship in partnership with the chief of police. He will continue to serve as a board member for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and the Coalition for Juvenile Justice. Most recently, he was elected as the Southern Region chair of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice.

Acting Police Chief Lonnie Scott’s 37-year career in law enforcement includes working in and/or supervising every component of a law enforcement agency from administration to patrol.

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“Chief Scott brings decades of experience in the operational management of a police department, developing a well-trained workforce and ethical police force, and knowledge of violence intervention and prevention,” Curry said.

Scott was a member of the original Community Oriented Policing Team at GPD and assisted with the design and implementation of the Community Oriented Policing philosophy. Under his leadership, GPD has excelled in developing community partnerships to assist with neighborhood problem identification and resolution, resulting in improved community relations and crime reduction. He serves as the neighborhood manager for the Springtree and Hazel Heights neighborhoods as part of the Community F.I.R.S.T. initiative.

Chief Scott is a member of the Florida Police Chiefs Association, the Black on Black Crime Task Force, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

A new interim chief operating officer is not being named at this time. Details about an upcoming swearing-in ceremony and reception will follow in the coming days.

  • This city manager is off the chain. She has fired good people without cause and bloated the city staffing with new departments that seem to pop up out off nowhere. Chief Jones makes $206,000.00 as COP. What are the new salaries for theses two positions? How much support staff will the new position for Mr. Jones and this new department require? Reichert House has never been held accountable for that program at $1million a year as pointed out by the last city audit. Now Mr. Jones has developed a new program and has designed a residential program that anticipates a $15,000,000.00 yearly budget all “paid for by grants and nonprofits”. That’s exactly how RHYA started that the city now pays for without program accountability. These programs are all neighborhood centric and cost the city a lot of money. How about you go back to policing and lock up criminals instead. There needs to be a a state audit follow-up on all this hidden nonprofit underground in Gainesville. More to come I’m sure.

  • Scott is a member of ” National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.” The fact that an organization of that name exists IS the problem.

  • Did they ever straighten out whatever that auditor
    Found out about Reichert house? They made Lonnie
    Scott police chief because they think he can do something more about black on black crime and
    Black Youths carrying concealed guns? It seems
    Like they always get busted with weed…is weed the
    Problem or is it the welfare system that so many people
    Of color are on that keeps them in the poverty cycle?

  • Cynthia Curry, Tony Jones, Lonnie Scott…are they
    In these high paying positions because they are the
    best qualified?

    • No. All three were in “interim” positions and there was never an attempt to hire anyone else or explore other candidates.

  • What a joke of a manager. Another special assignment? Sadly, she will remain not because she is good at what she does but because she does what she’s told. Maybe she can double bill taxpayers like she did in Miami. No one’s home Gainvesville. Last one out, turn out the lights.

  • She’s building her own highly esteemed, self governing circle of highly paid and protected do nothings.
    47 years of stellar performance however gang, drug and gun violence prevails.

  • In addition to his salary doesn’t Jones also collect a pension? Remember, he was retired when he was brought on years back as ~interim~ chief!

    • I am unsure but I have heard thorough other close associates that Mr. Jones is on his 2nd or 3rd retirement. What say you Mr. Jones or Ms. Curry? We do have a right to know. It appears that he may be setting himself up for another gig after his next retirement too, the Warden over at the new Reichert House Residential program going in at several locations in town. $15,000,000.00 proposed budget! WOW, thats’s 15 million dollars (not including benefits, insurance, clothing allowance, company paddy wagon to get the kids around, etc)

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