Meet the Honorable Patricia A. “Patsy” Jones
EXPERIENED LEADERSHIP PROVIDING RESULTS FOR OUR COMMUNITY
A trailblazer in her own community, Councilwoman Patsy Jones is the first woman appointed in 1992 by the Mayor of Opelika to be on the Board of Commissioners of the Opelika Housing Authority, and the first woman elected as vice chair of that Board. Continuing to make history, she has become the first African American woman to be elected to the Opelika City Council in 1995, completing an unexpired term and re-elected for six full terms. She is the longest reigning council person for the City of Opelika. Councilwoman Jones is also the first African American woman elected President Pro Tem of the Opelika City Council. For the first time in history in 2004, Councilwoman Jones has become the first African American female to be a member of the Opelika Utilities Board of Directors and the first female and African American Vice Chairman of the Opelika Utilities Board of Directors.
During her tenure in local government, Councilwoman Jones has had a solid track record for supporting legislation enhancing the welfare of people in her district and Opelika; for promoting economic development; and for working to get a new tax passed, earmarked for the Opelika City Schools. Other widely noted achievements include allocating monies to renovate a new recreational addition to the Covington Community Center, new playground equipment for Rayward Park , getting an ordinance passed for weed abatement and demolition of abandoned buildings and homes, sponsoring a program designed to train and educate parents and children for a better life, purchasing ceiling fans for all elderly residents of her district in the Opelika Housing Authority, writing the first resolution to officially name the Bulldog colors as the official colors for the City of Opelika, sponsoring the first Carver-Jeter Plan introduced in 1995 and revisiting the plan with new additions offering a roundabout for safety measures, advocating and sponsoring the legislation for preserving the Darden House (home of the first Black physician in Opelika) through the Opelika City Council.
Councilwoman Jones provides leadership in many civic, professional, and political organizations. She has organized the first African American team Ferguson Chapel C. M. E. Church for the Lee County Relay for Life. Ferguson Chapel has been led by her leadership as team captain for 16 consecutive years. She has a great passion for encouraging other citizens to form teams to walk and to help raise funds to combat cancer and provide medical supplies to citizens of Lee County. She has been very instrumental in passing the first resolution that the City of Opelika supports annually the Relay for Life Event, in starting the first Female Elected official team and the first team for Mu Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Her dedication to the causes close to her heart (people-especially children and senior citizens) has brought her numerous awards, including recognition in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Most Honorable Teacher, State of Alabama Golden Teacher of the Year, Yearbook Dedication, Notable Women of East Alabama, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Hall of Fame, 2004 Women of Achievement of Girl Scouts Concharty Council, 2015 and 2006 Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Award, and elected first of three Female Delegates for the Third Congressional District of Alabama to the 2012 and 2016 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC and Philadelphia, PA. Councilwoman Jones is known for giving service to all mankind and preserving the legacy and integrity of all communities, especially the Carver-Jeter areas. Jones is an inaugural member of the Lee County Young Leaders Board of Directors and Chamber of Commerce.