Mayor Turner Appoints Will Jones as City Finance Director

Mayor Turner Appoints Will Jones as City Finance Director
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Wednesday the appointment of Will Jones as Finance Director for the City of Houston following a unanimous vote by Houston City Council.Jones has served as interim Finance Director since the departure Tantri Erlinawati-Emo in June.

Jones is a finance leader with 18 years of experience in budget management, process improvement, financial analysis, and long-range forecasting.

He has served the City of Houston since 2004, including as Deputy Director for the Financial Planning and Analysis Division with the City’s Finance Department where he oversaw the development of the City’s annual operating budget totaling $5.7 billion.

“Will Jones has served this City well for many years, and he understands my priorities to move our city forward in a way that ensures that every city department or neighborhood gets the services it deserves, During his tenure as interim director, he has displayed the acuity and leadership needed in the role.» said Mayor Turner. “We are in good hands with Will at the helm, and I know he will continue his tenacious work ensuring the City’s financial standing.”

As deputy director, Jones led the development of the annual operating budget for our City for the past five years, and was also responsible for the City’s long-range financial outlook and oversight of the City’s energy contracts including electricity and natural gas. He has held various finance positions within the City of Houston’s Finance Department and has also worked in the Information Technology Department, Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department and the Houston Airports System.

Jones graduated from Sam Houston State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on management information systems and finance.

The Director of Finance is responsible for monitoring and improving the financial functions of the City through sound fiscal planning, reporting and management.

Will Jones appointment is effective September 28, 2022.