New county auditor named

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The district judges of Williamson County appointed Jerri L. Jones as the new county auditor for Williamson County.

Jones has more than 20 years of financial experience including payroll, budgeting, accounting, and analyzing cost data for major military organizations. She served honorably in the United States Marine Corps for 20 years as a Finance Officer achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During her  tenure with the Corps, she gained valuable experience in accounting, auditing, payroll, quality assurance, and financial management working her way up to Comptroller of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan. In her capacity as Comptroller, Lt. Col. Jones managed a $350 million Navy budget and a $150 million Marine Corps budget in support of air and ground units in the Pacific. 

In the Corps and in private life, Jones has exhibited her talents as a systems expert. Following military service she was a mid-level manager in manufacturing for Solectron, Texas. Later, she became the executive director of the non-profit Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center. While director, she managed contract negotiations and construction accounting of the Advocacy Center facility built on Inner Loop Road in Georgetown.  Currently, Jones serves as the county treasurer and manages the county's revenue and investments. Soon after taking office, Jones led the extensive effort to select a new financial institution for the county’s banking needs. The project included banking reviews, account analysis and successful conversion of the county's extensive departmental accounts.  Additionally, under Jones’ leadership, the Treasurer’s office has reduced redundancies, increased efficiency and expanded the county’s investment activity.

County auditors work to help ensure that all aspects of county finances are properly accounted for and safeguarded. Leadership, independence and strong ethics are essential for the county auditor to perform her duties. The District Judges of Williamson County believe that Jones’ overall experience, leadership qualities and proven track record make her the right choice to move Williamson County forward in the coming years. She is expected to assume her new duties no later than March 1, 2017.

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