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Chairman of BRA to step down

Clarence “Jeep” Jones, the longtime chairman of the board of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, said Thursday that he would not seek reappointmnet after 32 years on the panel.

Jones joined the board in 1981 and has served as chairman since 1989 — longer than mayor Thomas M. Menino has been in office. His tenure coincided with a period of rapid growth in Boston, with a spurt of residential and commercial development downtown, as well as in outlying neighborhoods.

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Jones said his last board meeting will be Sept. 26.

Menino wrote a letter to the BRA board, thanking Jones for his service: “You are one of our city’s greatest public servants and have made us a stronger, more, prosperous, and inclusive place to live, work, and visit.”

Jones received a standing ovation from BRA staff and community members during a pause in Thursday’s meeting. He then continued to preside as the board addressed another 24 agenda items.

Casey Ross can be reached at cross@globe.com.
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