I am saddened at the news of the passing of the Honorable Jack Jones, who passed away on yesterday.
Judge Jones served Jefferson County from 1989-2006 as county judge. Prior to that he served as a deputy with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office under the late Sheriff W.C. “Dub” Brassell. During Judge Jones’ 17 year tenure, he was always great to work with, a great leader and a wonderful public servant. He certainly left his mark on Jefferson County and I enjoyed my working relationship with him even though I had only been employed for three years during that time. Along with his knowledge and wisdom of government, was his sense of humor.
During Judge Jones’ tenure as county judge, Jefferson County and county government went through tremendous growth and change. He helped champion a county-wide public safety tax that among other things resulted in the construction of the Jack Jones Juvenile Justice Center (JJC), which was named in his honor following its erection. Judge Jones also played a pivotal role in several key pieces of legislation that proved to be most significant during economic growth of Jefferson County between 1989-2006.
Judge Jones exemplified every facet of county government. Recognized as among the very best in his profession, he guided Jefferson County through many growth opportunities. Judge Jones had strong support from members of the Jefferson County Quorum Court in which he preceded over and the people of Jefferson County. During his tenure, Judge Jones was instrumental in leading the launch of Jefferson County’s recycling program. Judge Jones loved serving the people of Jefferson County, his family, and those who knew him best. With an encyclopedia like knowledge of the inner-workings of county government, Judge Jones was one of the pillars of county government and a visionary.
He will be sorely missed. Condolences and prayers of comfort and strength for the family during these tender moments.