Retiring Redfield alderman honored for service

REDFIELD – John Howard Jones Sr., the longest serving member of the Redfield City Council, received a standing ovation and applause for his many years of service to the community at the conclusion of Tuesday’s council meeting.

Jones, who did not seek re-election last month, acknowledged it would be his last meeting as an alderman. He was awarded the Jack R. Rhodes Sr. Distinguished Service Award from the Arkansas Municipal League last year for 25 years of service to the Jefferson County municipality.

In 1986 he was appointed to fill an unexpired term on the council and has been elected since, drawing an opponent just once. Officials said Jones is the “first and only” black to hold elective office in Redfield.

“You can learn more by listening than by talking,” Jones once told a reporter. “That’s one of the reasons I don’t talk a lot at the council meetings. I try and think about my answer before I open my mouth.”

The only formal action taken by the council Tuesday involved the adoption of ordinance establishing minimum energy standards for new buildings and addition or retrofitting existing structures.

The ordinance, in effect, adopted the 2011 Arkansas Energy Code. The ordinance included an emergency clause, meaning it takes effect immediately.