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Jones Tells Employees He's Staying Put

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In case you were wondering, Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones says he has no intention to resign. WFAE's Greg Collard reports. Jones has had some high-profile gaffes in the last 15 months for which he's issued apologies. E-mail has gotten him in trouble. There was the time he forwarded a constituent's complaint to the person's employer. He also sent an e-mail that questioned whether library officials were trying to unduly influence a task force. And then there's this week. "In addition to my apology to the board of county commissioners, I publicly apologize to the public for any information you might perceive as incorrect and misleading," Jones said at Tuesday night's Commission meeting. Jones issued that statement after a public scolding by commissioners for not being clear that the majority of a payout to the former mental health director was actually a legal settlement. Jones also said he had a "lapse in judgment" by releasing protected retirement information about Commissioner Jim Pendergraph. There were calls for Jones to resign, most notably from the Charlotte Observer. It's not going to happen. Jones sent county employees a video message to tell them he's sticking around. "I look forward to my continued service as county manager, and have not and will not consider resigning, and have no plans to retire in the immediate future." Jones says he's focused on working with commissioners to develop a budget. He's received praise from commissioners in the past for helping navigate the county through tough budget cuts.