District 6 Commissioner

James “Jay” Jones

Commissioner, District 6

James “Jay” Jones was elected to the Chatham County Commission on November 8, 2016. He was elected to serve a four-year term. February 2019 he was elected by his peers to serve as the Vice Chair of the Chatham County Commission. Prior to his election as County Commissioner, Commissioner Jones worked closely with the youth throughout Chatham County.

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He is happily married to Nakeisha N. Jones and they are the proud parents of Johannes M. Jones who is currently enrolled in Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.  He is a graduate of Beach High School, Shaw University (BS in Environmental Science/Chemistry) and Savannah State University (completed graduate work toward a Masters in Urban Studies and Planning). Dale Carnegie graduate in Leadership Development.  GSU graduate in Leadership Frontline Management. Howard University certification recipient in Educational Development Leadership. On June 9, 2018, he became a "Certified" County Commissioner through Association of County Commissioner of Georgia.

Current and past civic involvement includes:

  • National Association of County Officials (NACo)
    • Education and Human Services Steering Committee
    • Next-Gen South Eastern Regional Chairman
  • Executive Board Member of Chatham Area Transit (CAT)
    • Vice Chairman
    • Finance Committee Chairman
    • System Redesign Steering Committee
  • Executive Board Member of Economic Opportunity Authority of Savannah-Chatham County (EOA)
    • Facilities Committee Chairman
    • Finance Committee
    • Planning Committee
    • Bylaws Committee
    • Nomination Committee Chairman
  • Executive Board Member of the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless (CSAH)
  • Advisory Board Member to WRUU Community Radio
  • Association of County Commissioner of Georgia (ACCG)
    • Environmental Natural Resources Committee
    • Georgia Association of Black County Officials- (GABCO) Chairman
  • Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Mu Phi Chapter (1995-present)
    • Government Affairs Committee (Voter Registration, Omega Day at the Capitol, Youth Government
    • Day in Chatham, Scholarship Chair (2007-12), Former Achievement Week Chair (2011-13), Former
    • Chaplin (2007-09)
  • Chatham County Democratic Committee (CCDC)
    • Chairman of the Board
    • 2nd Vice Chairman, Candidate Recruitment Chairman (2017-18)
  • Executive Member of the Savannah Branch NAACP (2012-18)
  • Former member of the 100 Black Men, Savannah Chapter
    • Mentorship Chair (2008-12)
    • Founder/Advisor of Collegiate 100 (2008-12)
    • National Mentoring Trainer (2011-12)
  • Executive Board Member of the Savannah Chatham Fair Housing Council (2008-13)
    • Vice President (2013)
  • Recipient of numerous civic and leadership awards
  • Requested to speak throughout Chatham County