“Just a variety of things made me decide personally it was time to do it. I’m young, so I can have a whole second life. I’m pretty excited about it. It’s good for my family,” says Jones King, 54. She adds, “I’ve loved every minute I worked here.”
Jones King joined the Bar in 1984 as an assistant editor of the Texas Bar Journal. She rose through the ranks to become managing editor, and she says she helped usher in a new style for the publication, using graphics and other tricks of the publishing trade. Next, she served as director of the communications division, director of presidential initiatives, and finally, deputy executive director.
In that position, Jones King says she helped with State Bar presidential initiatives and communications, policy and staffing issues, and the work of task forces that report to the Texas Supreme Court.
“I like to work, but I also really want to spend some time with my family and kids,” she says. One daughter is a junior in high school, and the other is in eighth grade. Jones King says her husband is “counting down the days” to her retirement.
“After 29 years it’s hard to think about not coming here, but I’m looking forward to it,” she says. “I know the Bar’s going to be great, and I’m going to be watching from the sidelines.”
-- Angela Morris