Jones appointed to Grantwood Village board

The Grantwood Village Board of Trustees voted unanimously at its July 20 meeting to appoint Mike Jones as a trustee.

Jones fills the last of three seats on the five-member board that were vacated earlier this year when trustees Robert Prebil, Michael Boone and Glenn Biffignani resigned. Robert Bess and Rich Muraski recently were appointed to fill the other two seats. The three seats will be up for election next April.

Jones and his wife, Pat, are 10-year residents of Grantwood Village. He is a regional account manager who represents Life Technologies.

In 2006, the Joneses led an effort to stop the development of the Villages at Grant’s Trail, a proposed 424-home subdivision across from Grant’s Farm.

The board last week also named Jones the village’s community relations director, a new board office that replaces the police commissioner.

Village Attorney Emily Kelly recently determined the ordinance outlining the police commissioner’s duties conflicts with state law, which requires individuals in that position to have a certain level of police training to oversee police business.

The board voted unanimously July 20 to eliminate the police commissioner office and establish that of the community relations director.

The community relations director will “oversee dissemination of official forms of public information and communications,” according to the ordinance approved last week. Duties include producing the village newsletter, maintaining its website and researching grant opportunities.