Julian Jones elected first African-American chair of Baltimore County Council
TOWSON, Md. (WBFF) - The Baltimore County Council approved its first African-American chairperson Tuesday evening.
Councilman Julian Jones, who has represented the Randallstown/Woodlawn/Owings Mills areas since 2014, got a round of applause upon being formally elected at the council chambers Tuesday.
"This is where [former president Barack] Obama would say, 'I love you back,'" joked Jones to those gathered in the chambers, who stood up as they applauded his appointment.
"I wish the day would come when we would never have a 'first' which is based on someone's race, their religion, their color, their gender or their ethnicity. But unfortunately, we are not there yet," said Jones as he thanked his mother - a retired school teacher - and other members of his family.
Jones has spent 29 years with the Anne Arundel County Fire Department and works as a real estate agent and business owner.
He said at the meeting he was reminded that it was important to "make a big deal" out of a "first" because it encourages young people.
"We are moving to that place where there will be no more 'firsts,'" he told the audience.
For now, however, he added: "I don't know what to say, other than I'm humbled."