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Cofield Jones named Human Resources Director

Kena Cofield Jones to serve as Human Resources Director
Posted on 05/12/2020
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Rochelle Small-Toney has announced the hiring of Kena Cofield Jones to serve as Human Resources director for the city of Rocky Mount.

“Kena Cofield Jones is the consummate professional and will start this role on May 11, 2020,” said Small-Toney. “With over 30 years of experience in Human Resources management, Jones has a breadth of knowledge in all aspects of human resources, including pay classification, benefits administration, employee relations, worker’s compensation and safety, as well as employee development and recruitment.”

Jones is an Adjunct Faculty member at Trinity Washington (D.C.) University’s School of Professional Studies where she provides classroom instruction on Business Administration and Human Resources for undergraduate and graduate students. Recently, she served as a member of the executive leadership team for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services – Division of Public Health where she led, mentored, coached and developed the human resources team.

Jones has held numerous Human Resources positions with the D.C. Government Department of Human Resources, including Senior Advisor; Associate Director for Human Resources Solutions Administration; Associate Director of Business Operations; Supervisory Measurements, Analysis & Planning Specialist; Human Capital Manager; and Supervisory HR Specialist.

Local government is not new to Jones, who has held numerous managerial positions with the City of Richmond, Virginia for 16 years. While with the City of Richmond, she served as the City Manager’s Chief of Staff, Human Resources Manager and held numerous other human resources positions.

Jones holds a master’s degree in Business Management from the University of the District of Columbia, a master’s in Philosophy from Walden University, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Virginia State University. Jones also holds designations as a Certified Public Manager and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Her starting annual salary with the city of Rocky Mount is $140,000.