Julian E. Jones, Jr. was born and raised in East Baltimore. He grew up in a working class family. His father, Julian Sr. worked at Bethlehem Steel for 43 years and his mother retired from Baltimore City Public Schools after teaching for 36 years. He has three sisters, Vernetta, Earleen (deceased) and Danita.
As a youth, Julian learned the value of hard work and serving his community. He would regularly run errands, do chores, read mail and pay bills for many of the seniors in his neighborhood, some of which never had the opportunity to learn to read. Julian Jones learned at an early age many of the social injustices of his community and has been a champion of social justice every since.
Julian Jones graduated from Dunbar High School and went on to Baltimore City Community College, where he was listed in a National Registry as an Outstanding Minority Community College Graduate. He attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Information Systems Management. In an effort to work his way through school, Julian Jones joined the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. Once in the fire department, Julian Jones fell in love with the fire department's mission of saving lives, fighting fires and helping people. Once Julian Jones graduated from UMBC, he decided to stay in the fire department where he could continue to serve the community.
Julian Jones excelled in the fire department, becoming the first African American Officer in the department's history. He was the first African American Lieutenant, Captain and Battalion Chief. Julian’s drive and motivation has always been to serve the community. Julian Jones has received many awards and campaign ribbons. He served on the executive board of the Firefighters union, local 1563 IAFF and is currently President of the Anne Arundel County Chief’s Association and the Anne Arundel County African American Fire Fighter Association. Chief Jones is most proud of his work as the United Way Campaign Chairperson and his rescue mission to New Orleans after the devastation from Katrina.
As a United Way Campaign Chair, Chief Jones toured and studied many agencies and programs dedicated to helping Marylanders, where he learned so much about the problems affecting so many in our communities. Julian Jones then raised more money in the department’s history to help Marylanders in need. Julian continued to break fund raising records for several years to come and received several awards for his leadership and commitment towards helping Marylanders in need.
Chief Julian Jones was also part of a Maryland Task force dispatched to New Orleans after the devastation caused by hurricane Katrina. Chief Jones moved to this area 20 years ago and is married with three children. His daughter, Julianna graduated from Owings Mills High School. He is a devoted family man and a tireless champion of social justice and working families. Chief Jones will use his courage, commitment, conviction and leadership skills to fight for our community and families.