Biography Of CURTIS JONES, JR. CITY COUNCILMAN 4TH DISTRICT
Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. is a champion for education, an ally for criminal justice reform, and a friend of the environment. His most significant pieces of legislation include: The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter change to the Mayor’s Commission on African American Males to become a permanent department; “Ban the Box,” which further restricts the ability of city agencies and private employers to probe an applicant’s potential criminal background; the “CVN Bill,” which allows police officers to use their discretion for certain offenses, such as disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, to avoid arresting the individual, and instead issue them a civil citation of $100 and forming a partnership with the Philadelphia School District and the Philadelphia Eid Coalition to recognize both Eid al-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan and Eid al-Adha which commemorates Hajj.
Furthermore, Councilman Jones has been an outspoken proponent of affordable housing. He is the primary author of the “Good Cause” bill requiring landlords to have a good cause to evict tenants. He also was the primary sponsor of a bill that instituted a moratorium of demolition on Ridge Avenue which lead to the creation of the Ridge Avenue Historic District. The district has preserved 188 properties from the Wissahickon Creek to Northwestern Avenue.
In addition, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. lead the charge to enforce new public safety regulations for fire escapes. In partnership with the Philadelphia Mortgage Diversion Program, which helps prevent thousands of residents from losing their homes, Jones supported a second moratorium on Sheriff Sales during the month of January 2011 to further protect, preserve and defend the homes of Philadelphians. Furthermore, Councilman Jones took the lead on instituting The Philadelphia Internship Tax Credit. This credit allows high school, college, and vocational students in our City to receive a stipend for their work.
Councilman Jones collaborated with both Former District Attorney Seth Williams and Former Mayor Michael Nutter on the Witness Intimidation Law. This law emphasizes the importance of eyewitness testimony in the justice system and a renewed commitment to protecting those who courageously step forward to report a crime. Also, Councilman Jones, Jr. authored the law for 5% of the City’s Annual Community Development Block Grant for the usage of Mixed-Use Property financing.
The Councilman is a friend of the environment. He established the Roxborough Environmental Control District to preserve the historic Manatawna Farm in Roxborough and further preserved the Walnut Lane Golf Course.
Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr.’s consistent and dedicated approach has earned him the trust, loyalty, and respect of both his constituents as well as his colleagues as he was unanimously elected Majority Leader on January 2, 2012 to January 4, 2016.
Currently in his third term, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. is the Chairman of Public Safety, Commerce & Economic Development and Vice Chair for Parks & Recreation & Cultural Affairs.
Additionally, he serves on numerous boards and executive committees, including The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Pennsylvania Crime & Delinquency Commission both appointed by PA Governor Tom Wolf. The Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB), Co-Chair of the Special Committee on Criminal Justice Reform, and former Chair of Special Investigative Committee examining City demolition procedures and operations both appointed by Council President Darrell Clarke, the Please Touch Museum, the Mann Music Center, and as a Philadelphia Gas Commissioner.
A recipient of numerous community and industry awards, Councilman Jones, is one of Overbrook High School’s accomplished graduates. He has furthered his scholastic achievements by attending the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels School of Government, completing studies at Boston University’s A.C.C.A. program, and receiving a Master’s Certificate in Contract Compliance in conjunction with the University of Alabama.
A lifelong resident of Philadelphia, the Honorable Curtis Jones, Jr. represents the residents of the 4th District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which includes:
- Allegheny West
- Belmont Village
- Blue Bell Hill
- Carroll Park
- East Falls
- Green Hill Farms
- Overbrook Farms
- Overbrook Park
- Wynnefield Heights