Dr. Romona Jackson Jones

Romona Jackson Jones

Commission Chairman

Phone: 770-920-7269
Fax: 770-920-7357
Email Romona Jackson Jones

Address
8700 Hospital Drive
3rd Floor, Douglas County Courthouse
Douglasville, GA 30134

Biography

Dr. Romona Jackson Jones serves as the first African American Commission Chairman in the history of Douglas County, Georgia. She is the daughter of Mattie Howell Jackson and the late Johnnie L. Jackson Jr. of Memphis, Tennessee. Shortly after graduating from Hamilton High School in Memphis, Dr. Jones followed in the footsteps of her father, a Korean War Paratrooper, by joining the U. S. Army for three years. She married a U. S. Marine and is officially retired as a former spouse of 19 years. Dr. Jones earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University, master’s degree from Chapman University, and doctorate degree in Educational Leadership (Higher Education) from Argosy University.

Career

Dr. Jones worked in the healthcare industry for 40 years, of which 31 years involved:

  • Leadership
  • Master Facility Planning
  • Multimillion-Dollar Budget Oversight
  • Operations Management
  • Personnel
  • Policy Development
  • Process Improvement
  • Strategic Planning

She has worked in federal, state, and local government, private, non-profit and for-profit organizations. She was among the first Civil Service employees in the Nation to coordinate and direct a federally regulated environmental program for the U.S. Navy. She has led several multi-million-dollar master facility planning and execution projects for healthcare organizations through-out the United States.

Role in Office

Dr. Jones took office January 1, 2017 and business owners and colleagues alike have quickly given her well earned respect. Dr. Jones ventures helped secure $3.3 billion in investments within her first year in office. She added to the pecuniary mix when she welcomed a global technology company called "Switch". This $2.5 billion investment sets the mark as the most significant single capital investment in Georgia’s history.

As Chairman of Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Dr. Jones has oversight and responsibility for a $160 million-dollar budget. Under Dr. Jones leadership, Douglas County has gained a record-breaking amount of economic development investments totaling $4.5 billion dollars with continued growth in Douglas County.

Areas of Focus

Dr. Jones is focusing on many issues with attention on:

  • Economic Development
  • Housing Growth
  • Mental Health
  • Public Engagement
  • Public Health
  • Public Safety
  • Road Enhancements
  • Seniors and Beautification
  • Transparency
  • Transportation
  • Workforce Development
  • Youth

Six E’s

Dr. Jones 6 E’s for excellence in County Governance addresses:

  1. Economic growth and vitality
  2. Efficient organization performance
  3. Environmental stewardship
  4. Best practice public safety/ well-being
  5. Diverse cultural and recreational opportunities
  6. Unification for all citizens of Douglas County

Family

Dr. Jones is the extremely proud mother of Shannon Nicole Jones, a Douglas County School System teacher  who works at Douglas County High School instructing:

  • 11th-grade literature
  • American literature
  • Head cheerleading coach
  • Honors 11th grade literature
  • Public speaking

Awards, Recognitions, & Memberships

  • American Legion Post 145
  • American Legion Post 145 "Legionnaire of the Year", 2014
  • American Legion Post 145 Past Public Relations Director
  • AMVETS Post 118
  • Board Member, Atlanta Regional Commission
  • Board Member, Douglas County United Way
  • Board Member, Douglasville Community Outreach
  • Board of Director, Community Service Board
  • Board of Director, Douglas County Board of Health
  • Board of Director, Douglasville/Douglas County Economic Development
  • Board of Director, Douglasville/Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority
  • Carl Vinson Institute of Government, Certified County Commissioner
  • Chairman’s Club, Douglas County Chamber
  • Douglas County Care Place Organizational Team
  • Douglas County Democratic Party Member
  • Douglas County Democratic Party Past Treasurer
  • Douglas County Democratic Women Member
  • Douglasville Community Outreach
  • Military Service Honoree, Women’s Empowerment Day, 2014
  • National Association Female Executives
  • President’s Volunteer Service Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Servant Leadership Award, Georgia State Women’s Legislative Caucus, 2014
  • State of Georgia Outstanding Citizen Award
  • Women’s Army Corps Veteran Association

’Clearly’

’Clearly’ is a monthly look into Douglas County’s people, places and departments with Chairman Dr. Romona Jackson Jones.