After nearly two decades on the job, El Segundo City Manager Arthur Jones has announced he will retire Christmas Day.
Jones, 58, said he is stepping down from the $69,600-a-year post to devote more time to his family and personal interests. City officials said they have not yet chosen a replacement.
During his tenure as city manager, El Segundo grew into a major South Bay employment center as large aerospace and other companies moved to the town's east side. The growth, in turn, has recently given rise to anti-development sentiments among some residents who contend that Jones and other city officials have allowed commercial development to proceed without planning.