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About James "Jay" Jones

James “Jay” Jones was elected to the Chatham County Commission on November 8, 2016.  He was elected to serve a four-year term. February 2019 he was elected by his peers to serve as the Vice Chair of the Chatham County Commission. Prior to his election as County Commissioner, Commissioner Jones worked closely with the youth throughout Chatham County.

He is happily married to Nakeisha N. Jones and they are the proud parents of Johannes M. Jones who is currently enrolled in Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.  He is a graduate of Beach High School, Shaw University (BS in Environmental Science/Chemistry) and Savannah State University (completed graduate work toward a Masters in Urban Studies and Planning).  He is a Dale Carnegie graduate in Leadership Development and a Georgia Southern University graduate in Leadership Front-line Management. He has received his Howard University certification in Educational Development Leadership. On June 9, 2018, he became a “Certified“ County Commissioner through Association of County Commissioner of Georgia (ACCG). In October 2019, he received his specialty track certification in Revenue and Finance. It is his goal to complete County Operations & Management and Public Safety specialty tracks in 2020.

Current and past civic involvement includes:

  • National Association of County Officials (NACo)
    • Education and Human Services Steering Committee
    • Next-Gen South Eastern Regional Chairman
    • Georgia Voting Delegate Member
    • Committee to Elect Georgia Member Larry Johnson 2nd Vice Chair 
  • Executive Board Member of Chatham Area Transit (CAT)
    • Vice Chairman 2019-present
    • Governance Committee Chairman 2019-present
    • Finance Committee Chairman 2017-19
    • System Redesign Steering Committee 2018-19
  • Executive Board Member of Economic Opportunity Authority of Savannah-Chatham County (EOA)
    • Facilities Committee Chairman 2019-present
    • Finance Committee 2019-present
    • Planning Committee Chairman 2018-present
    • Bylaws Committee 2017-present
    • Nomination Committee Chairman 2018
  • Executive Board Member of the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless (CSAH)
  • Association of County Commissioner of Georgia (ACCG)
    • Environmental Natural Resources Committee
    • Georgia Association of Black County Officials- (GABCO) Chairman
    • Lifelong Learning Committee
  • Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Mu Phi Chapter (1995-present)
    • Government Affairs Committee (Voter Registration, Omega Day at the Capitol, Youth Government)
    • Scholarship Chair (2007-12), Former Achievement Week Chair (2011-13), Former Chaplin (2007-09)
    • Omega Man of the Year Award (2009, 2017)
    • Superior Service Award (2010, 2012)
  • Chatham County Democratic Committee (CCDC)
    • Chairman of the Board (2018-present)
    • Get Out the Vote (GOTV) (2017-19)
    • 2nd Vice Chairman, Candidate Recruitment Chairman (2017-18)
  • Executive Member of the Savannah Branch NAACP (2012-18)
    • Youth Committee Chair (2012-14)
  • Former member of the 100 Black Men, Savannah Chapter
    • Mentorship Chair (2008-12)
    • Founder/Adviser of Collegiate 100 (2008-12)
    • National Mentoring Trainer (2011-12)
  • Executive Board Member of the Savannah Chatham Fair Housing Council (2008-13)
    • Vice President (2013)
  • Recipient of numerous civic and leadership awards
  • Requested to speak throughout Chatham County

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