TISHAURA JONES: CITY TREASURER
Words by: Vincent Boyd Photo: McArthur
As many people were gearing up to celebrate the dawn of a new year, Tishaura Jones and her supporters were gearing up for much more. The newly elected St. Louis City Treasurer wanted to hit the ground running as she prepared for the dawn of a new day in city politics.
Jones, who hosted a New Year’s Eve party at City Hall, was sworn into office soon after the clock struck midnight. With hundreds of supporters looking on, Jones reiterated her campaign promise of transparency in city government.
“We plan on having a more robust website where people can go to the website to see how their tax dollars are being spent, and access resources for financial empowerment,” she said.
Jones did not waste any time getting down to business. Before her first 30 days in office, she began purging staff to rid the office of “ghost employees” and people who did not share her philosophy on service and transparency.
“We are reorganizing our staff,” she said bluntly. “Some positions were eliminated and others were combined. This is the first of many changes.”
The fact that Jones has not wasted any time in trying to rebuild the public’s confidence in her office should come as no surprise. She has dedicated her life to public service and improving the lives of the people she serves. Prior to her becoming city treasurer, Jones served in the Missouri House of Representatives. She spent last two years in the House as the Assistant Minority Floor Leader. She has also served on the St. Louis City Central Democratic Committee and the 3rd Congressional District Democratic Committee. She was also a member of the Urban League Young Professionals of Metropolitan St. Louis.
With all of her success, it would be easy to rest on her laurels. However, Jones insists she has only scratched the surface and is looking forward to transforming the treasurer’s office.
“My most immediate goal is to stop the bleeding,” she said. “There a number of issues to be addressed.”