Jones ousted from Employment Security |

Jones ousted from Employment Security

Stan Jones, longtime Nevada Employment Security director, was abruptly asked to resign this week.

“I was completely taken aback,” said Jones, 76, who worked for the state for 29 years. “But I serve at the pleasure of the director and they indicated my performance had not been satisfactory.

“I don’t think so. And, I don’t think my employees thought that either,” he said.

Jones was given two hours Thursday to clear out his desk and leave, according to the Associated Press. His firing came at the direction of his boss, Employment, Training and Rehabilitation Director Carol Jackson.

Jackson, asked by The Associated Press about the manner in which Jones was dismissed, said, ”I didn’t give him two hours to clean out his desk. Stan retired.”

”Stan has had a wonderful career and I’ve enjoyed working with him,” she said, declining further comment because the action is a personnel issue.

Although a formal statement from the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation indicated he was retiring, Jones had been asked about such a rumor a week earlier by the Nevada Appeal. He said at that time he knew nothing about it.

“It was the furthest thing from my mind,” he reiterated Friday. “I had no idea I was going to be asked to leave – knew nothing about it.”

“Obviously, ESD is a very large division and has a lot of functions, but I believe I and the staff were doing them well.”

Jones has been administrator of the Employment Security Department since 1982. Before that, he was Nevada’s Labor commissioner from 1967-79. Jones said he hasn’t had time to make plans for his future.

After being told he was leaving, Jones sent a memo to his employees statewide announcing his resignation.

“Since we are about to step into the next century, I felt this would be a good time to do so,” said the memo.

He officially resigns Jan. 21 but left the office this week using his accumulated leave.

Bob Gagnier, head of the State of Nevada Employees Association, said Jones was a veteran government employee who ”deserved better than the manner in which this happened.”

”At least they could have sat down with him and worked out an exit strategy and a replacement strategy. He has a great many friends and a great deal of knowledge and I’m sure he could have made some suggestions.”

”It’s my guess that based on her mode of operation that his replacement was picked before they let him go. Some people have class. Some people don’t.”

There was no word from the department on who will replace Jones.

– Associated Press reporter Brendan Riley contributed to this story.