The announcement was made by the States of Alderney yesterday, saying that it was ‘with regret’ that it had accepted Ms Jones’ resignation. No reason was given for why she decided to step down.
She was appointed chief executive in February 2021, after the former incumbent, Andrew Muter, resigned the previous November.
Ms Jones had previously been senior administrator in Sark for five years, and before that had held senior roles with the Local Government Association and the London Borough of Redbridge.
The States’ announcement said that she had served and support the island’s government through some exceptionally difficult times during the Covid pandemic and had helped the island recover from the disruption caused to public and other services.
She was also an important contributor to the creation of the Island Plan, it said, and ‘made the island safer and helped the States focus on the most important issues it faces’.
Policy & Finance Committee chairman Ian Carter thanked Ms Jones for her service on behalf of the States and also to him personally since he had taken up office as P&F chairman. ‘I wish her well for her future endeavours,’ he said.
Ms Jones could not be contacted yesterday but said in a statement that it had been an honour working with ‘so many talented, professional and skilled staff in support of the States of Alderney and the community to help shape the strategic direction the island needs to place it in a better position’.
‘I would particularly like to acknowledge the professionalism, expertise and support provided to me to make these changes for the benefit of the community.’
Rumours that she would be leaving have been circulating in the island for some weeks. The Guernsey Press inquired and was told last month that Ms Jones was on annual leave.