County Manager Selects Kelvin Jones as the County’s first Parks & Recreation Director

Tarboro, NC - May 9, 2024:  Eric Evans, Edgecombe County Manager, is happy to announce the selection of Kelvin Jones as the County’s first Parks and Recreation Director. This position was recently created, and the result of a comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan the Board of Commissioners adopted in 2021. The County’s goal is to build upon our current assets to create more recreational opportunities for our residents, and ultimately to raise our quality of life. The focus will primarily be on areas of the County where those opportunities are limited.

As Parks and Recreation Director, Mr. Jones will work with the Edgecombe County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. His many duties include the implementation of the County’s master plan, developing parks and recreation assets, fostering community engagement and public involvement, and building collaboration between the County, our municipalities, and various other partners.

Mr. Jones has lived in Edgecombe County for most of his life, leaving briefly for college sports and military service. Mr. Jones is a proud veteran of the United States Army and accredits his former unit (732nd Forward Support Company) for teaching him valuable life lessons such as accountability. After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the United States Army, Mr. Jones and his family returned to Edgecombe County.

He was recently employed by Edgecombe County Schools as an SED (Severe Emotional Disorder) Teacher at Martin Millennium Academy in Tarboro. Mr. Jones, or “Coach KJ” as he’s affectionately known in the community, is also a college basketball coach with several years of experience with Pitt Community College and Montrezl Harrell’s (NBA star) AAU Organization, Team Trezz.

Mr. Jones has also invested his time in community work through Christine Community Outreach Inc., a non-profit started by Mr. Jones and his family. Through that work, he has engaged with youth to build character and leadership skills. He is a soon-to-be graduate of NC Central University with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Spanish.

“We are extremely excited to have Mr. Jones join our team.”, said Eric Evans, County Manager. “His enthusiasm for the forward movement of our Parks and Recreation efforts has gotten us all excited”.

Mr. Jones stated, “I’d like to give honor to God for gracing me with this position. I would like to thank my wife Aaliyah Jones for supporting, loving, and embracing me throughout this journey called life that we all are on. I would like to thank “My Village” for always being there to support me and my efforts to build the community that I love so much. There’s a lot more I could say but I’ll reserve my energy for the work that lies ahead.”