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Posted: Saturday, July 5, 2003 4:02 am | Updated: 1:17 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

By day, he audits Tempe’s books.

By night, he’s been the vice mayor of Litchfield Park.

It all worked until now.

Tempe reorganized its departments and Ken Jones got a tweak in his title from "director" to "manager" of Tempe’s internal audit department.

It didn’t come with a real pay raise or change in duties — just the requirement that he resign his post in Litchfield Park and move his family to Tempe. City policy requires that all top leaders live within the Tempe city limits.

"I’m committed to Tempe," Jones said. "Somebody will step in and take my place (in Litchfield Park). We have plenty of good residents."

He’s one of five Tempe managers, including the city’s attorney, clerk, financial services director and human resources director, who recently took on new positions and were instructed to move to the city within a year.

City Councilman Ben Arredondo said the council was asked several months ago to review the policy but decided to keep it. "I think those people that work in those areas have to listen to the pulse beat of the community," he said.

New Human Resources director Valerie Hernandez said she knew she would have to move when she took the promotion. She’ll spend this weekend preparing her Chandler home for sale. "At this level, you have input into policy and direction," Hernandez said. "What better than to live in the community in which you serve?"

Jones will be missed in Litchfield Park, said Mayor Woody Thomas. Friends pushed his name in a write-in effort in the 1998 primary election, when Jones won 482 votes. He was the top vote getter in the general election with 690 votes.

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