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Wednesday May 27th, 2009 :: 03:26 p.m. CDT

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Chris Jones Honored as ‘Elected Public Official of Year’

San Marcos City Councilman Chris Jones has been selected as “Elected Public Official of the Year” by the Centex Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.
He received the award at a recent banquet of the organization in Austin.
“Your tireless work with the City of San Marcos is a prime example of what a public servant should be,” said Dustin D. McLemore, MPA, Vice President of the Centex ASPA.
Jones was elected to his second three year term in Place 4 on the San Marcos City Council in November 2008 after first being elected in 2005. He is the second Texas State University student in history and in 2005 was the first in 33 years to win election to the City Council.
The ASPA recognized Jones for his leadership in city-wide single stream recycling program, the development of a sustainability plan for the City of San Marcos, a $5,000 incentive program for Texas State professors who move inside the San Marcos city limits, and a weatherization program for citizens of San Marcos. He co-chaired the 2 a.m.
HONORED: City Councilman Chris Jones, right, receives the “Elected Public Official of the Year” award from Ismael Amaya of the Centex Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.
Bar Hours Implementation Task Force which solicited opinions from all members of the community and involved a wide variety of stakeholders on the issue.
Jones helped establish the Student Liaison Program between the students at Texas State and the San Marcos City Council.
Jones serves on the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Steering Committee for the National League of Cities. He also is a member of Young Elected Officials, National Black Caucus of Elected Officials, Texas Municipal League, and the Texas Association of Black City Council Members and the Downtown Association.
Jones has represented the City Council on the Convention and Visitor Bureau Board of Directors and the Minority Tourism Board of Directors.
Councilman Jones served as Student Body Vice President at Texas State University and was on the Chancellor’s Advisory Board for the Texas State University System. He also was active with the Student Foundation, Black Student Alliance and the Texas State Alumni Association. Through his work and success, Jones inspires student leaders at Texas State, with some of them seeking his guidance and mentorship as they serve their colleagues- some of them have run for elected positions on campus and in the city.
While a student, Jones worked as an intern for Lt. Governor Bill Ratliff and State Representative Patrick Rose.
Councilman Jones is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, a service fraternity committed to the development of men through community service. He is a member of the San Marcos Church of Christ.
In 2007 he was honored by the Golden Key National Honor Society. He was honored by the Dunbar Heritage Association in 2004 for his service to the community.
Chris Jones was raised in the small West Texas town of Seminole between Lubbock and Midland. He is a graduate of Seminole High School and has completed undergraduate studies in Public Administration at Texas State University. He is a career advisor at Texas State University.
Jones is the son of Christopher and Diane Jones of Seminole Texas.

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San Marcos, TX 78666

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