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May 28th, 2009
Jones selected as 'Elected Public Official of the Year' by ASPA

San Marcos City Councilmember Chris Jones receives his award from Ismael Amaya, of the Centex Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.


San Marcos Place 4 City Councilmember Chris Jones was selected as “Elected Public Official of the Year,” by the Centex Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).

Jones was elected to a second three-year term in 2008. He is the second Texas State student, and the first in 33 years, to win a seat on the City council. Jones received his award recently at an ASPA banquet in Austin.

“Your tireless work with the city of San Marcos is a prime example of what a public servant should be,” said Dustin D. McLemore, Vice President of the Centex ASPA.

ASPA cited many of Jones’ accomplishments, including his leadership in a city-wide single stream recycling program, the development of a sustainability plan for the City of San Marcos, a $5,000 incentive program for Texas State professors who move inside the San Marcos city limits and a weatherization program for San Marcos residents.

Jones also co-chaired the task force for 2 a.m. bar hours, helped establish the Texas State student liaison position with the city council. He serves on the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Steering Committee for the National League of Cities, and is a member of Young Elected Officials of the National Black Caucus of Elected Officials, the Texas Association of Black City Council Members, the Texas Municipal League and the Downtown Association.

Jones has represented the City Council on the Convention and Visitor Bureau Board of Directors and the Minority Tourism Board of Directors.

Jones is also a former Texas State student body vice president, and served on the Chancellor’s Advisory Board for the Texas State University System.He was also active with Student Foundation, Black Student Alliance and the Texas State Alumni Association. Jones graduated with a degree in Public Administration.

While a student, Jones also worked as an intern for former Texas Lieutenant Governor Bill Ratliff and State Representative Patrick Rose. in 2004 he was honored by the Dunbar Heritage Association for his service to the community, and he was inducted into the Golden Key Honor Society in 2004. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, a service fraternity, and is a member of the San Marcos Church of Christ.

Jones was born in Seminole, TX, to Christopher and Diane Jones. He currently works as a career advisor at Texas State.

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