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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
County Government Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken (Blackened)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Favorite Quote:
Feathers Come With The Chicken.

Birthplace

Born:
10/31/1960
Birth Location:
Laurel Hill, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
County Government Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken (Blackened)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Favorite Quote:
Feathers Come With The Chicken.

Birthplace

Born:
10/31/1960
Birth Location:
Laurel Hill
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Biography

Vernon Jones was born on October 31, 1960, in Laurel Hill, North Carolina. From there he went on to attend North Carolina Central University in Durham, earning a B.A. in business administration in 1983. Jones would later graduate from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government's Executive Program.

Jones began his career working in the telecommunications industry, first with WorldCom and later with BellSouth Corporation, where he was part of a team that established wireless communications in Montevideo, Uruguay. Always interested in public policy issues, Jones sought election to the Georgia House of Representatives where he served for eight years, from 1992 to 2000.

After leaving the Georgia House of Representatives, Jones remained active in politics. Currently he serves as the CEO of DeKalb County, Georgia, a position in which he oversees the Board of Commissioners of the county. He is also responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of a 7,000-employee civic workforce and a $2.6 billion budget within the state's second most populous county. He has the honor of being the youngest person to hold this position. Since being elected, Jones has been active in purchasing land for the county to be used as parks, as well as a landmark initiative requiring all senior county employees to disclose financial information to prevent any conflicts of interest. Jones is currently working to significantly boost economic growth within DeKalb County.

Outside of the office, Jones is active in a number of community and civic organizations, including the Advocates for Seniors; New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia; Youth Prevention Services; and the National Black M.B.A. Association. He is also a founding member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Stone Mountain Alumni Chapter.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Vernon Jones lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Vernon Jones describes his maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Vernon Jones talks about his family's encounters with discrimination in the American South
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Vernon Jones talks about the level of educational attainment in his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Vernon Jones talks about his paternal family background and how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Vernon Jones describes his father and the tradition in his paternal family of naming children after Robert E. Lee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Vernon Jones recalls his father advising young soldiers shipping out to Vietnam
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Vernon Jones remembers the family receiving news from Vietnam about a brother's injury
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Vernon Jones describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Vernon Jones describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Vernon Jones describes growing up in rural South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Vernon Jones describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Vernon Jones talks about the role of the church in the rural southern community of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Vernon Jones talks about the culture of Southern hospitality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Vernon Jones describes the culture of his childhood community, Laurel Hill, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Vernon Jones recalls his first grade teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Vernon Jones talks about developing a dislike for school in the second grade
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Vernon Jones talks about Scotland High School in Laurinburg, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Vernon Jones describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Vernon Jones talks about the impact of the Civil Rights Movement on his parents' lives
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Vernon Jones talks about his responsibilities on the family farm
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Vernon Jones talks about listening to Motown singers and watching black entertainers on TV
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Vernon Jones talks about family television programming in the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Vernon Jones talks about driving a school bus as a high school student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Vernon Jones talks about his decision to attend North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Vernon Jones describes the development of his political consciousness at North Carolina Central University in the late 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Vernon Jones talks about the 1979 Greensboro Massacre and meeting HistoryMaker Julian Bond
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Vernon Jones talks about individuals who influenced him at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Vernon Jones talks about working on an assembly line at Research Triangle Park in the early 1980s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Vernon Jones talks about interning for IBM in Poughkeepsie, New York during the early 1980s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Vernon Jones talks about working for Coca-Cola as a trade examiner in the early 1980s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Vernon Jones talks about being hired by MCI Communications and subsequent jobs in the telecommunications industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Vernon Jones talks about the beginning of his Georgia political career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Vernon Jones describes the demographic changes in the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area since the 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Vernon Jones talks about his 1990 and 1992 campaigns for the Georgia House of Representatives
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Vernon Jones talks about issues debated in the Georgia House of Representatives during the 1990s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Vernon Jones explains how politicians often pander to public opinion on issues such as crime and incarceration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Vernon Jones explains the paradox of campaigning as an "honest politician"
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Vernon Jones talks about the roles the domestic economy and the media play in American politics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Vernon Jones talks about the role of celebrity in American politics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Vernon Jones explains why he ran for state office and his political orientation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Vernon Jones explains the differences between his role as a Georgia state representative and as chief executive officer for DeKalb County
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Vernon Jones talks about his recession era fiscal policy as chief executive officer of DeKalb County, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Vernon Jones talks about how his IT and management backgrounds have influenced his work as chief executive officer of DeKalb County, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Vernon Jones talks about the ethos of service informing his work as chief executive officer of DeKalb County, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Vernon Jones talks about future plans for public services and transportation in DeKalb County, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Vernon Jones describes his approach to county governance as chief executive officer of DeKalb County
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Vernon Jones explains his views on affirmative action programs in county governance
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Vernon Jones reflects upon his legacy as chief executive officer of DeKalb County, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Vernon Jones describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Vernon Jones narrates his photographs