Walton County's first road fore(wo)man: ‘There's nothing you can't do'

stephanie jones

Jones first began working for Walton County as a general laborer in 1996 until she eventually worked her way up to the position of road foreman. Digging up roads in the Badger is just another part of the job, she said.

Jennie McKeon | The Sun
Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 03:41 PM.

Road construction may typically be a man's world, but in Walton County, Stephanie Jones is running it.

After 17 years working for the county, Jones recently took the position of District 5 road foreman in July.

"I'm proud to be in this position and I hope to represent it to the best of my abilities," she said. "I'll give it my best shot."

Jones first went to work for the county as a general laborer in April 1996. After Hurricane Opal, she had lost her job cleaning hotels and needed a paycheck. Eventually, she saw an opening for work in road construction.

"I kept moving up," she said. "I got my CDL and became an operator. In 2008, I became assistant foreman and when the foreman retired, I applied for his position."

As assistant foreman, Jones worked with Roy Brown Sr., who worked with Walton County for 32 years before retiring.

"He would show me things here and there," Jones said. "Some of it didn't make sense to me at the time, and now I'm using what he taught me."

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