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Members of ex-Mayor Jones' security detail sue city, alleging unpaid OT

By NED OLIVER , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Four Richmond police officers who were assigned to former Mayor Dwight C. Jones’ security detail are suing the city for back wages, alleging they were required to work unpaid overtime as city officials tried to contain public scrutiny of the unit’s expense.

VaNews August 29, 2017


Richmond mayor parts ways with Jones-era officials

By NED OLIVER , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s administration confirmed Thursday that four city officials who worked under his predecessor, Mayor Dwight C. Jones, are no longer employed with the city. “We’re moving in a new direction,” said Stoney, who took office at the beginning of the year.

VaNews February 10, 2017


Richmond administrators say city attorney never warned them Jones' end of term bonuses violated state law

By NED OLIVER, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Richmond administrators privately expressed befuddlement after City Attorney Allen Jackson issued an opinion late last year saying then-Mayor Dwight C. Jones lacked the authority to unilaterally pay $1.9 million in bonuses to city employees as an “end of term thank you.” “He had two days to share his concerns about policy and nothing was ever done!” wrote Chief Administrative Officer Selena Cuffee-Glenn in an email to Councilwoman Ellen Robertson.

VaNews February 2, 2017


Richmond City Council authorized $77,000 in severance for three former council aides

By NED OLIVER, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

The Richmond City Council recently authorized severance payments totaling $77,000 to three aides appointed by former council members who did not run for re-election. The payments were made as similar severances authorized by former Mayor Dwight C. Jones drew scrutiny, including from some council members.

VaNews January 27, 2017


As he left office, former Richmond Mayor Jones authorized $166K in severance for appointees

By NED OLIVER, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Then-Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones authorized $166,000 in severance payments to four high-level members of his staff before he left office at the end of December. The payments will come out of the budget of new Mayor Levar Stoney’s administration, and represent about 10 percent of budgeted expenditures for the mayor’s office and the office of the press secretary.

VaNews January 6, 2017


City attorney: Richmond mayor lacked authority to authorize $1.9 million in bonuses

By NED OLIVER, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Outgoing Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones lacked the authority to unilaterally authorize $1.9 million worth of bonuses for city employees as an “end of term thank you,” according to City Attorney Allen Jackson. “Only the City Council may authorize bonuses,” Jackson wrote in a memo to council members Tuesday, citing a state law that requires a locality’s governing body — in Richmond’s case the council — to pass an ordinance authorizing any such payments.

VaNews December 22, 2016


After eight years in office, Richmond Mayor reflects on accomplishments, missteps

By NED OLIVER, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones came into office eight years ago riding a wave of enthusiasm. His term was to be one of collaboration and progress — a distinct departure from former Gov. and Mayor L. Douglas Wilder’s combative four years at City Hall.

VaNews December 19, 2016


Jones: Moving Richmond forward

By DWIGHT C. JONES, published in Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

It is with deep satisfaction that I write to city residents one last time as the mayor of Richmond. Having served this community as an elected official in various capacities for 37 years, it has been an honor and privilege to be a public servant working to move Richmond forward.

Dwight C. Jones has been mayor of Richmond since Jan. 1, 2009.

VaNews December 19, 2016


After warnings of cash-strapped coffers, Jones gives city workers $1.9M in bonuses

By NED OLIVER, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

As a parting gift to city employees, outgoing Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones padded their paychecks with across-the-board bonuses totaling $1.9 million. The decision has raised concerns among the incoming mayor and some current and future City Council members, who recall how during budget deliberations six months ago Jones’ administration resisted calls to increase funding for city schools while pushing through several tax and fee increases.

VaNews December 19, 2016


2016 Richmond mayoral race was most expensive in the city's history

By NED OLIVER, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Six candidates for mayor in Richmond spent a combined $2.2 million on the race. The biggest spender was not the winner: Former Venture Richmond Director Jack Berry's expenditures on the race through Dec. 1 topped $1 million. He came in second place with 34 percent of the vote.

VaNews December 10, 2016