Cecilia Jones reflects on career as District 5 Commissioner

Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 09:45 AM.

Later, Jones lobbied in Washington, D.C., for the RESTORE Act and was recognized by Florida Association of Counties for helping to recover billions of dollars in BP fine money.

She didn’t limit her service to voting-age constituents, but also said she was able to help children and some furry friends. Through a partnership with Alaqua Animal Shelter, Jones helped reopen the Bark Park off J.D. Miller Road in Santa Rosa Beach. She also worked to give local students a space at Kellogg Center to create living shorelines through their schools.

She also is proud of the fact that the Mission Play Park at Helen McCall Park now includes two pavilions, barbecue grills, playground equipment for children and South Walton's very first splash pad.

Her time as Walton County official may draw to an end in November but after a rigorous campaign, Commissioner Jones says she is excited for what lies before her.

“First and foremost (I am looking forward to) spending more quality time with my grandson Colton and getting more involved in my church. I haven’t had a vacation in 4 years, so I will take some much needed days off,” said Jones. “I am also considering starting a new business. One thing is for sure, I have loved serving the people of Walton County and I will continue to stay involved.”

In fact, Cecilia Jones’ name is part of the 48-applicant list for the county administrator spot, which was filled with interim county administrator Gerry Demers after Greg Kisela left the post this past summer. Larry Jones is also listed among the applicants.

The swearing-in ceremony for the new commissioners will be Nov. 20 at 8:30 a.m. at the Walton County Courthouse in DeFuniak Springs.  

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