Roger L. Jones has announced his candidacy for the position of Barbour County commissioner on the Democratic ticket.
He was born and raised in the Independence community of Barbour County and is the son of the late Christine Burner Jones and the late Bruce Jones.
Jones, a widower, was married to the late Sharon Booth Jones. They have three sons, including Gregory V. Jones, who is deceased. His son, R. Scott Jones, is the manager of Carder Motors in Bridgeport. He and his wife, Karen, live in the Tacy community. His third son, Robert "Rob" Jones, is the director of the Barbour County Emergency Squad. Rob and his wife, Kris, also reside in Tacy.
Jones has 11 grandchildren, one great-grandson and one special, adopted granddaughter, Cheyenne.
He attended Philippi High School and graduated from Glenville High School. He is a graduate of the Washington, D.C., Police Academy and served as a metropolitan police officer until his retirement.
Jones is also a graduate of the University of Hard Knocks of Alderson-Broaddus College and has attended training for West Virginia state tax, circuit clerk, county clerk and fiduciary.
He belongs to the West Virginia Association of County Commissioners and is a lifetime member of the Barbour County Emergency Squad Inc., Washington, D.C., Association of Retired Police Officers and Fraternal Order of Police. Jones was elected to the board of directors of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Jones served a six-year term as Barbour County commissioner from 1993 to 1999, and was County Commission president for three years.
He said he will "run on his record" as he has the experience and leadership skills "needed to make Barbour County more competitive among other areas." Jones said he has worked extensively with the PSD in obtaining grants for city water for "all those who desired city water in their homes."
As past commissioner, he also worked with various groups and on projects throughout the county, including senior citizens, emergency services, animal shelter improvements, youth mentoring and economic development, which "is vital to Barbour County."
Jones said he believes Barbour County has infrastructure in place to attract new businesses and he believes that working with city, county and state-elected officials needs to be a high priority.
"I will be a 24/7 commissioner with an open-door policy," Jones said. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.