The Town Council has selected Terri Jones to be Garner’s new town attorney. When she starts in her new position on Monday, Oct. 12, Jones will become the first town attorney who is a Town of Garner employee.
Jones is an accomplished attorney with over 20 years of local government experience—six years with the City of Greensboro, three years with Montgomery County, Md., and 14 years with Carroll County, Md. Most recently, she served as deputy city attorney for the City of Greensboro. Jones also was an assistant county attorney with Montgomery County and the deputy county attorney for Carroll County.
Her other government service has been with the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office, the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Federal Aviation Administration.
“We’re extremely impressed with Ms. Jones’s wealth of experience in local government,” Mayor Ken Marshburn said. “Over the course of her distinguished career, she has dealt with a wide range of matters that we think will pertain directly to what she will encounter in her work here with the Town of Garner. We are confident there will be a seamless transition as Ms. Jones moves into her role as our attorney, and we look forward to her becoming a valuable member of our team.”
Jones is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and is currently serving as a legislative chair for the Zoning, Planning, and Land Use Section as well as participating in the Government and Public Sector Section.
She received a bachelor’s of art degree in biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, graduating summa cum laude from the Honors Program. Jones received her juris doctor degree, graduating magna cum laude, and a master’s degree in environmental law, graduating summa cum laude, from the Vermont Law School.
While at the Vermont Law School, Jones was a finalist in the National Environmental Moot Court Competition, the associate articles editor of the Vermont Law Review and the winner of the American Agricultural Law Association’s Award for Excellence in Student Scholarship.
Jones is a graduate of the University of North Carolina’s School of Government Municipal and County Administration course, Community and Economic Development Academy, and Development Finance Institute. She is also a graduate of the University of Maryland’s Academy for Excellence in Local Governance.