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

Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 03:41 PM.

A Freeport native, Jones has a love for the area and its residents. Helping the public is her favorite part of the job. "I love it," she said. "You get to help people and you get to meet new people."

As the District 5 foreman, Jones is responsible for road construction for "everything south of the Bay." Within a month of her new position, a portion of County Road 30A fell in to Redfish Lake. One of her top priorities as foreman is to personally answer all calls that come to the office — something she's fallen a bit behind on.  

"Whenever the storm hit, we were here seven days a week," she said. "We normally work 10 hour days Monday through Thursday, but we were here sunup to sundown and sometimes later."

Those kinds of unexpected emergencies have taught Jones that you can't please everybody when it comes to serving the public.

"Some days you might get cussed at and some days you might be praised," she said with a laugh. "I've learned a lot of patience goes a long way. Listen to people, let them get through with what they're saying before you talk."

The District 5 road crew is comprised of about a dozen individuals. Often, Jones is called upon to get back behind the Badger tractor, which she enjoys.

"It's a little bit of hard work," Jones said of the job. "Sometimes you might be on a shovel, sometimes you might be on the flag. But I like it. I'm not one to sit around behind a desk."

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