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Rocky Mount hires new director

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ROCKY MOUNT — The city of Rocky Mount’s executive leadership team has welcomed a new member. Cynthia T. Jones began her tenure as community and business development director on Monday.

Jones brings nearly 20 years of municipal government experience to Rocky Mount. She spent the past four years as the planning and inspections director for Edgecombe County. Among her many duties there included administering the Edgecombe County Unified Development Ordinance as well as managing the Community Development Block Grant and housing programs.

Jones also has spent a decade with the Durham Planning Department, where she served as a planner and certified zoning enforcement officer and another four years as a planner with the Edgecombe County Planning and Inspections Department.

Among Jones’ achievements are earning certifications in effective supervisory management, zoning and community development from the UNC School of Government. She has also served as chairwoman of the Education and Outreach Committee for the American Planning Association’s North Carolina chapter.

“We are excited about the skills and experience Cynthia brings to our organization,” City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney said. “She has firmly cemented herself as a knowledgeable public service professional in our area. We are confident that our city will see growth in the areas of downtown development, small business growth, affordable housing and more under her leadership.”

Jones holds a master’s degree in public administration from North Carolina Central University, a bachelor’s in urban and regional planning from East Carolina University and an associate in applied science degree in administrative office technology from Edgecombe Community College.

Jones will direct a department that has actively been involved in commercial and residential grant and rehabilitation efforts during the current fiscal year.

“Being a native of Rocky Mount, I want to be an asset to the citizens of Nash and Edgecombe counties I’ve interacted with,” Jones said. “Working with different partners has afforded me the opportunity to engage with the citizens of our area. It’s exciting to see all the projects going on in Rocky Mount.”

Jones lives in Rocky Mount with her husband, Carlton. She is the mother of Brittany Jenkins and stepson Laquincy Jones.

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