CLEAR LAKE SHORES — George Jones is experiencing something of a homecoming.
“I’m a native of Texas, but I’ve been stuck in Oklahoma for 34 of the last 36 years,” he said.
Jones is the new city administrator for Clear Lake Shores. He took over for Paul Shelley, who retired Tuesday.
Jones grew up in the Lufkin area and moving to the island community was just the opportunity he was looking for.
“It’s a beautiful area,” he said. “I wanted to finish up my career in Texas, and this gave me the opportunity. So, I applied and was lucky enough to get appointed.”
Jones is 62 and, while he said he would like to make Clear Lake Shores his last stop in a long career in city government, he has no plans to retire soon.
“I expect to work into my late 60s, providing my health holds up,” he said.
Jones has spent more than 30 years working in municipal government. He was the finance director and city clerk for Bartlesville, Okla., a city of 36,000. He also was the city administrator of Woodville in East Texas and most recently the city manager of Drumright, Okla.
Jones likes the fact that Clear Lake Shores is “a highly professional community with a lot of retirees.”
“You tend to have a more activist citizenry,” Jones said. “For a small community, this city has a lot of volunteers that serve on committees — that make a lot of interesting contributions to the community.”