Dr. Romona Jackson Jones

Romona Jackson Jones

Commission Chairman

Phone: 770-920-7269
Fax: 770-920-7357
Email Romona Jackson Jones

8700 Hospital Drive
3rd Floor, Douglas County Courthouse
Douglasville, GA 30134


Dr. Romona Jackson Jones serves as the first African American Commission Chairman in the history of Douglas County, Georgia. Dr. Jones was elected to serve as Commission Chairman on November 8th, 2016, and re-elected for a second term on November 3rd, 2020.  She is the daughter of Mattie Howell Jackson and the late Johnnie L. Jackson Jr. of Memphis, Tennessee. Shortly after graduating from Hamilton High School in Memphis, Dr. Jones followed in the footsteps of her father, a Korean War Paratrooper, by joining the U. S. Army for three years. She married a U. S. Marine and is officially retired as a former spouse of 19 years.  Dr. Jones earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University, a master’s degree from Chapman University, and a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership (Higher Education) from Argosy University.


Dr. Jones worked in the healthcare industry for 40 years, of which 31 years involved:

  • Leadership
  • Master Facility Planning
  • Multimillion-Dollar Budget Oversight
  • Operations Management
  • Personnel
  • Policy Development
  • Process Improvement
  • Strategic Planning

She has worked in federal, state, and local government, private, non-profit, and for-profit organizations. She was among the first Civil Service employees in the Nation to coordinate and direct a federally regulated environmental program for the U.S. Navy. She has led several multi-million-dollar master facility planning and execution projects for healthcare organizations throughout the United States.

Role in Office

Dr. Jones is a visionary leader and business owners and colleagues alike have quickly given her well-earned respect. Dr. Jones's ventures helped secure $3.3 billion in investments within her first year in office. She added to the pecuniary mix when she welcomed a global technology company called "Switch". This $2.5 billion investment sets the mark as the most significant single capital investment in Georgia’s history.

 Dr. Jones is named among the 100 most Influential Women in Georgia Engineering for making Georgia a better place to live, work and play. Through her notable achievements, she’s made significant contributions towards mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in Douglas County.  Dr. Jones received the 2022 Fred Agel Award at the 92nd Annual Conference presented by the Georgia Public Health Association for outstanding commitment and service promoting public health.  The National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Northwest Chapter, made Dr. Jones the recipient of the 2022 Public Policy Award, for her outstanding work as the Chairwoman for the Douglas County Board of Commissioners at the 9th Annual Women of Impact Awards Celebration.    

As Chairman of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Dr. Jones oversees and is responsible for a $181 million-dollar budget. Under Dr. Jones's leadership, Douglas County has gained a record-breaking amount of economic development investments totaling $4.8 billion dollars with continued growth in Douglas County.  Dr. Jones serves as Chairman of the BOC Finance, Purchasing Oversight, Fire/EMS, Public Safety, Tax Abatement Compliance and Beautification Committees.

Areas of Focus

Dr. Jones is focusing on many issues with attention on:

  • Economic Development
  • Housing Growth
  • Mental Health
  • Public Engagement
  • Public Health
  • Public Safety
  • Road Enhancements
  • Beautification
  • Transparency
  • Transportation
  • Workforce Development
  • Seniors/Youth

Six E’s

Dr. Jones 6 E’s for excellence in County Governance addresses:

  1. Economic growth and vitality
  2. Efficient organization performance
  3. Environmental stewardship
  4. Best practice public safety/ well-being
  5. Diverse cultural and recreational opportunities
  6. Unification for all citizens of Douglas County


Dr. Jones is the extremely proud mother of Shannon Nicole Jones, a Douglas County School System teacher who works at Douglas County High School instructing:

  • 11th-grade literature
  • American literature
  • Head cheerleading coach
  • Honors 11th grade literature
  • Public speaking

Awards, Recognitions, & Memberships

  • American Legion Post 145
  • American Legion Post 145 "Legionnaire of the Year", 2014
  • American Legion Post 145 Past Public Relations Director
  • AMVETS Post 118
  • Atlanta Regional Commission Board Officer - Secretary/Chairman of Ethics
  • Atlanta Regional Commission Co-Chairman - Senior and Aging Committee
  • Board Member, Atlanta Regional Commission
  • Board Member, Douglas County United Way
  • Board Member, Douglasville Community Outreach
  • Board of Director, Vice Chairman Community Service Board
  • Board of Director, Douglas County Board of Health
  • Board of Director, Douglasville/Douglas County Economic Development
  • Board of Director, Douglasville/Douglas County Water, and Sewer Authority
  • Carl Vinson Institute of Government, Certified County Commissioner
  • Chairman’s Club, Douglas County Chamber
  • Douglas County Care Place Organizational Team
  • Douglas County Democratic Party Member
  • Douglas County Democratic Party Past Treasurer
  • Douglas County Democratic Women Member
  • Douglasville Community Outreach
  • Military Service Honoree, Women’s Empowerment Day, 2014
  • National Association Female Executives
  • National Association of Counties-Health Steering Subcommittee Vice Chair
  • President’s Volunteer Service Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Servant Leadership Award, Georgia State Women’s Legislative Caucus, 2014
  • State of Georgia Outstanding Citizen Award
  • Women’s Army Corps Veteran Association


’Clearly’ is a monthly look into Douglas County’s people, places and departments with Chairman Dr. Romona Jackson Jones.