Jeremy Jones

The City of Monticello is searching for a new Ward I alderman. Current office holder Jeremy Jones has informed the city that his last meeting will be Dec. 9, as he will relocate to Idaho as part of a job change.

“For the past five years I have been working with the Department of Defense to help develop tools and resources and policy in the event of a cyberattack on the nation's power grid. I have been invited by the Idaho National Lab to continue that work with them under the umbrella of the Department of Energy,” Jones told the city council on Nov. 12.

“So I will be relocating to Idaho to the home of Nuclear Energy Research, where I will be continuing to help develop policy and procedures to defending our nation against cyberattack,” he added.

“Thank you for your service to the city,” said Mayor Larry Stoner.

Those wishing to be considered for the open seat can apply online at by Friday, Dec. 13.

Jones was elected alderman in April of 2017. One of his trademarks was consistently voting “no” on motions to waive second readings on ordinances.

“I’m a big fan of the (second reading) rule because it slows things down and gives residents of Monticello the opportunity to see what’s going on and to participate," Jones said in September of 2017.

His replacement will serve until the April 2021 election.

Additional information is available from Mayor Stoner at or by calling the municipal building at 217-762-2583.