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Richard Jones to lead the Stockton Boys and Girls Club

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Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 12:00 am

On Friday, the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Stockton approved hiring Richard Jones as the club’s interim director, as Mayor Anthony Silva steps down as CEO.

Silva decided to step down so he could devote more time to the city of Stockton. Jones’ work with the Lodi Boys and Girls Club made him the best candidate, Silva said.

“Richard brings a wealth of knowledge to the position, but more so with his familiarity with the community,” he said.

Silva is hoping for a smooth transition when Jones takes over on Oct. 1, with Jones picking up where Silva left off. With new members on the board, Silva also hopes Jones will be able to provide training for them as well as for the staff.

Jones is taking over during a time of troubles at the club. Guy Hatch, who served as chairman of the board, resigned on Friday amid controversy after the public became aware of inappropriate photos he admitted posting as a joke on Facebook. Sharon Simas, who has been involved with the Boys and Girls Club for 44 years and who has served as a past chairwoman, will replace Hatch.

After serving as CEO of the Lodi Boys and Girls Club for 19 years, Jones retired and has resided in Toledo, Ohio for the last 21 months. When he takes over in October, he plans to assess the needs of the board and see what needs to be done to solve some of the issues faced by the Stockton club.

Although working in Stockton will be new to him, he said he is looking forward to it.

“The Boys and Girls Club has always been in my life,” he said. “I’m looking forward to being back in there with the kids and getting back involved with the community.”

The Boys and Girls Club of Stockton serves about 1,200 children each day, depending on what day of the week it is, said Silva. Some of the after-school programs include Power Hour and Smart Girls for Youth as well as sports.

Although he will be stepping down in a few weeks, Silva said he will still be involved with the club.

“The Boys and Girls Club has been a part of me for nine years. I’m still going to donate my money and time,” he said.

Contact Features Editor Pam Bauserman at pamelab@lodinews.com.

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