Les M. Jones, II, originally joined the City of Garden Grove in October of 1976, working as an Administrative Intern, later as an Administrative Aide, and an Administrative Analyst. He left the City in 1983, only to return on March 9, 1998 to assume the position of Director of Public Works.
In July 2001, Les was appointed Assistant City Manager, in addition to his position as Public Works Director.
In April 2004, he became the full-time Assistant City Manager for Garden Grove.
Les received his B.A. degree in Political Science at California State University, Fullerton, and completed graduate work at San Diego State University and California State University, Long Beach.
He is a former member of the Soloman’s Staircase Lodge #750, and the American Public Works Association. He is currently a member of the Garden Grove Lions Club.
Born in California, Les and his wife, Jill, have three children. Les enjoys spending his leisure time with his family, doing home improvement projects, and woodworking.
Position Overview: The Assistant City Manager acts as Chief Operating Officer for the City Manager, provides general assistance to the City Manager, and automatically serves as Acting City Manager when the Manager is absent. Functions of this position include directing the activities of City departments based on policy of the City Manager and City Council; interpreting Council and management policies; providing staff direction on policy as well as policy and procedural revisions; resolving problems or conflicts that may arise in City government; and helping to establish good management practices.
As Assistant City Manager, Mr. Jones helps in planning, coordinating, and directing work relating to the preparation of the City Manager's budget; studies departmental organization and procedures and recommends changes when required; supervises research, procedural and administrative studies and preparation of reports embodying proposed or recommended solutions or courses of action; directs staff in preparing City Council meeting agendas and follow-up actions resulting from Council meetings; and works to continuously improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and provide quality customer service. Additional specific responsibilities include directing the functions of the City Clerk’s Office, serving as City Treasurer, serving as chairman of the City Customer Service Committee; serving as official City Ombudsman; and acting as liason between the City and other governmental agencies, citizens, and community groups.