By Bill Short
Former Millington mayor Terry Jones was re-elected Tuesday, defeating Kenneth Uselton in a hotly contested runoff race.
Jones won with 1,868 votes, or 54 percent, of the 3,458 votes cast, while Uselton received 1,575 votes, or 45 percent.
“I know we’ve got a big road ahead of us,” Jones said moments after winning. “I’m just looking forward to working with the new Board of Aldermen. I want to thank everyone who came out and supported me and who encouraged me to run again. I just look forward to working for the people in the community again.”
Jones has said the first action he will take after being sworn in as the new mayor is to “open the doors and ears” of City Hall to listen and act on the concerns of Millington residents.
“I know there is a lot of misinformation,” he noted, “and there are also a lot of great ideas out there right now for improving Millington’s public image.”
A 57-year-old native of Truman, Ark., Jones spent more than 24 years in the Navy. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1981 from The University of Kansas and a Master of Science degree in operations management in 1995 from The University of Arkansas.
He retired from the Navy in 1997 as a lieutenant commander.
As base transition coordinator from 1994-97, Jones was the liaison between Millington and the U.S. government in the transfer of excess federal property to the city. He became Navy Junior ROTC instructor at Millington Central High School, then went on to work for Crew Training International.
Elected an alderman in 2000, Jones served one term before defeating fellow alderman Richard Hodges in a November 2004 runoff election for mayor. He succeeded George R. Harvell Jr., who held the post for 20 years as the second-longest-serving mayor in the city’s history.
In 2008, Hodges defeated Jones in a rematch election. Jones is currently the owner of Jones Insurance Agency in Millington, working with Farmers Insurance Group.
When he is sworn in on New Year’s Day, Jones will succeed Interim Mayor Linda Carter, who was elected in January by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to serve the remainder of Hodges’ term after he retired.