Guilford County’s new District 7 county commissioner will get greeted and sworn in by the other eight commissioners at the board’s Thursday, March 3 meeting.

Democrat Frankie T. Jones Jr. will take over the seat that was occupied for two decades by the late Commissioner Carolyn Coleman, who passed away in January.

Jones, a vice president and managing director in the Investments Department at Lincoln Financial, was selected by members of the Guilford County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee along with other local party members who met recently to hold a special election to fill the vacant seat.

Jones seemed to be the leading candidate from the start.  He’s well known in the party and in the district and has a great deal of public service under his belt – with present and past service on the boards of Gateway Research Park, Triad Stage, Triad Goodwill, Piedmont Land Conservancy and Preservation Greensboro. Jones is currently the chair of the Greensboro Sports Council and is a Silver Life Member in the NAACP.

The most powerful Democratic politician in Guilford County – Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Skip Alston – supported Jones for the position, which no doubt went a long way toward helping Jones land the seat.

Chair of the Guilford County Democratic Party Kathy Kirkpatrick sent a letter to the Board of Commissioners stating that, in accordance with NC General Statutes and the “Plan of Organization” of the NC Democratic Party, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners District 7 Executive Committee had convened for the purpose of appointing a qualified resident to fill the unexpired term of Carolyn Coleman and had appointed Jones to fill the vacancy.

Jones is scheduled to be sworn in at the start of the meeting Thursday night and he will then immediately take part in the proceedings.

Retired North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Henry E. Frye will swear Jones in.