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  • Writer's pictureJustine Jones

Executive Interview With Justine Jones

Published March 1, 2023

What initially prompted you to get involved with local government?

My first introduction to local government was during my grad school mentorship in Norfolk, Virginia. This was my first experience working in the trenches with a manager who was also a woman, so the experience resonated with me on an even deeper level. I was fascinated by how quickly all the moving parts worked together, from an operational perspective, but it also gave me the opportunity to observe firsthand how engaged residents are in their community.

The experience was love at first sight for me, and I immediately knew I had made the right decision by pursuing a career in local government. I felt a sense of purpose, a calling, if you will, to this profession, because of my inherent desire to know my work makes a tangible difference in enhancing the effectiveness and delivery of services in communities that will last for years, if not, decades. How cool is that?

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