Statement from Chicago Housing Authority CEO Eugene E. Jones Jr. on resignation

Aug 20, 2019

Press contacts:
Office of Communications – Chicago Housing Authority
Molly Sullivan: (312) 786-3344;
Matthew Aguilar: (312) 935-2646

CHICAGO (Aug. 20, 2019): Today, I have tendered my resignation to Mayor Lori Lightfoot as CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority.

I want to thank her for the opportunity to stay on and serve CHA’s residents and to be a part of the larger efforts to help build and strengthen our neighborhoods. I also want to thank our Board of Commissioners for their continued confidence in me.

Since my arrival at CHA four and-a-half years ago, I have been committed to meeting CHA’s goals of producing more housing and to supporting the city in its efforts to expand housing opportunities in every Chicago community.

From bringing new investment to communities and forming innovative partnerships that led to the development of three co-located housing and libraries, the development of new community assets like grocery stores and recreational facilities and the settlement earlier this year of the landmark Gautreaux case, I leave knowing that the CHA is well-positioned for the future and is prepared to meet the housing needs of its residents and the communities across our city.

I am looking forward to pursuing new opportunities; the resignation is effective Sept. 27.


Jones joined CHA as Chief Property Officer in April 2015 and was named acting CEO two months later. In January 2016, then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel named him the permanent CEO.

Before arriving at CHA, Jones served in executive capacities at housing agencies in Toronto, Detroit, Indianapolis and Kansas City. He has more than 35 years of service and experience in housing operations, resident services, accounting and finance, auditing, maintenance, new construction, capital construction and Housing Choice Voucher programs