Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones has been selected Man of the Year by the Charlotte Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs.

As county manager, Jones is responsible for recommending an annual budget to Mecklenburg county commissioners and for the day-to-day operations of county government and its 5,200 full-time employees. He oversees$1.4 billion budget.

Jones is Mecklenburg’s fourth county manager. Appointed in October 2000, he served as assistant county manager the previous nine years.

Jones will be honored at the group’s annual Founders’ Day program on April 18 at the Zion’s Renaissance Complex, Charlotte, at 11 a.m.

Jones has received numerous honors and awards, including the Urban League of Central Carolinas Whitney M.Young Award in 2008 and the American Diabetes Association Father of the Year Award, also in 2008.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill elected Jones to its Board of Visitors in 2006. That same year, he was elected a fellow to the National Academy of Public Administration, an independent, non-partisan organization chartered by Congress to assist federal, state and local governments in improving their effectiveness.

A native of Southern Pines, N.C., Jones has worked in government for more than 30 years, with positions in Dallas, Texas, and Fayetteville, N.C.

The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs is a non-profit organization founded in 1935 to promote the interests of women business owners and professionals. It provides opportunities for women and girls to increase their leadership skills and enhance their awareness of issues impacting the black community through volunteerism.

The Charlotte Club was founded in 1977.

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