Ella Jones Bio, Wiki
Ella M. Jones is a Ferguson City Council member who won the city’s mayoral election Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020. Jones will become the first female mayor and the first black mayor in the city’s history when she is sworn in.
Jones defeated fellow council member Heather Robinett. Jones will succeed James Knowles III, who defeated Jones in the 2017 mayoral election and held the office since April 2011. Knowles could not run for re-election due to term limits.
Ella Jones Education & Career
According to her biography on the Ferguson City website, Jones has been a Ferguson resident for more than 40 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Missouri — St. Louis and completed training in municipal leadership from the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life at UMSL.
Jones is also a pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and is on the boards of the Emerson Family YMCA and of the St. Louis MetroMarket. As a council member, she served on the human rights, traffic, landmarks, senior citizens, parks and West Florissant Business Association boards.
Ferguson is one of the smallest cities in the country to have negotiated a consent decree with the federal government. The document means the City of Ferguson agreed to 133 pages of new policies in hopes of reforming the Ferguson Police Department.
After the race was declared Tuesday night, Jones and Robinett shared a moment and said they would continue to work together to improve the city.
Ella Jones Wins Ferguson City Mayor
The Missouri city where the death of a black teen set off weeks of nationwide protests and outrage in 2014 elected its first woman and first black mayor Tuesday night June 2nd, as per the CNN affiliate KMOV. Returns from the St. Louis County Board of Elections show Ella Jones took 54% of the vote in the race for mayor of Ferguson versus Heather Robinett with 46%.
Jones is both the city’s first black mayor and the first woman in that office, according to KMOV. In 2014, a grand jury declined to indict the white officer who fatally shot the 18-year-old Brown.