A lifelong resident of Wynnefield in Philadelphia, the Honorable Curtis Jones, Jr. proudly represents the residents of the 4th District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which includes Allegheny West, Belmont Village, East Falls, Manayunk, Overbrook, Overbrook Park, Roxborough, Wynnefield and sections of West Philadelphia. Councilman Curtis Jones’, Jr. consistent and dedicated approach has earned him the trust, loyalty, and respect of both his constituents, as well as, his colleagues as he was unanimously elected Majority Leader on January 2, 2012, to January 4, 2016. Currently, in his third term, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. is the Chairman of Public Safety, Commerce & Economic Development and Vice Chair for Parks & Recreation & Cultural Affairs.
Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. is a champion for education, an ally for criminal justice, and a friend of the environment. Some of his most significant pieces of legislation include; The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter, a change to the Mayor’s Commission on African American Males to become a permanent department. “Ban the Box,” which further restricts the ability of city agencies and private employers to probe an applicant’s potential criminal background. The “CVN Bill,” a bill that enforces police officers to use their discretion for certain offenses, such as disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, to avoid arresting the individual, and instead issue them a civil citation of $100. Lastly, forming a partnership with the Philadelphia School District and the Philadelphia Eid Coalition to recognize both Eid al-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan and Eid al-Adha which commemorates Hajj.
Alternatively, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. lead the charge to enforce new public safety regulations for fire escapes. In partnership with the Philadelphia Mortgage Diversion Program, which helps prevents thousands of residents from losing their homes, along with a second moratorium on Sheriff Sales during January 2011 to further protect, preserve and defend the homes of Philadelphians. Furthermore, the Councilman took the lead on instituting The Philadelphia Internship Tax Credit. This credit allows high-school, college, and, vocational students in our city to receive a stipend for their work.
Yet, the Councilman's list of achievements doesn’t end there; he has collaborated with both District Attorney Seth Williams and Former Mayor Michael Nutter on the Witness Intimidation Law. This particular law emphasizes the importance of eyewitness testimony in the justice system and a renewed commitment to protecting those who courageously step forward to report a crime. Not to mention, Councilman Jones, Jr. authored law for 5% of the City’s annual Community Development Block Grant for the usage of Mixed-Use Property financing.
In addition, the Councilman and the Office of Housing and Community Development launched a $1 million pilot project for mixed-use developments all in his 1st term. He established the Roxborough Environmental Control District to preserve the historic Manatawna Farm, wildlife habitat, and green space in Roxborough and is the city’s leading advocate for the environmental and economic impacts of Marcellus Shale on to Philadelphia.
A noted expert on community-based economic development, Councilman Jones has served in various public and private sector positions for more than two decades. Under his leadership, minorities, women, and disabled business entities have received more than five hundred and eighty-three million ($583,000,000) in municipal contract opportunities.
In his spare time, he serves on numerous boards and executive committees, including The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Pennsylvania Crime & Delinquency Commission both appointed by PA Governor Tom Wolf. The Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB), Co-Chair of the Special Committee on Criminal Justice Reform, and former Chair of Special Investigative Committee examining City demolition procedures and operations, both appointed by Council President Darrell Clarke, the Please Touch Museum, the Mann Music Center, and as a Philadelphia Gas Commissioner.
The Councilman is a firm believer in giving back and makes a conscious effort to lecture extensively on topics regarding economics and community development. He has appeared on various local and national television and radio programs and previously hosted “Handling Your Business” a weekly television and radio show which aired throughout the region. As a result of his numerous years of experience in the Philadelphia commerce landscape, Councilman Jones has become one of City Council’s most formidable advocates for community development and educational stability. A recipient of numerous community and industry awards, Councilman Jones, is one of Overbrook High School’s accomplished graduates. He has furthered his scholastic achievements by attending the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels School of Government, completing studies at Boston University’s A.C.C.A. program, and receiving a Master’s certificate in Contract Compliance in conjunction with the University of Alabama.