Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that he has selected Randall Jones, a former executive with the American National Red Cross, as the new Director of Aging Partners. The selection is subject to the approval of the Lancaster County Board and City Council. Jones would replace June Pederson, who retired in December after serving as director for 13 years.
"Randy will bring years of budget and management experience to Aging Partners," Beutler said. "He will also bring an outside perspective on programs and operations. At the same time, his work with the Red Cross has included overseeing training and services that touch the lives of older Americans. He understands the issues they face and the kinds of programs they need."
Jones is a native of Lincoln and has been with the American Red Cross for 34 years in a variety of program and senior leadership positions. He led the Cornhusker Region of the American Red Cross as CEO for 17 years until he was recruited by the National American Red Cross in 2011 to serve as Divisional Director of Service Delivery for 10 states in the western U.S. He received the American Red Cross "Tribute to Heroes Leadership Award" for outstanding vision, dedication and commitment to excellence in 2011. He has a bachelor's degree in sociology from Nebraska Wesleyan University and is a past president of the Human Services Federation. He also has served the City as a member of the KENO Advisory Fund Board.
"I'm very excited to return my career focus on Lincoln and surrounding counties," Jones said. "The growth of our aging population provides us great opportunities to engage this wealth of experience. I believe the character of a community is defined by how it engages and cares for its aging citizens. I'm honored to be a part of Aging Partners and its continued mission to serve our communities."
The County Board is scheduled to consider the appointment of Jones at its meeting Tuesday, January 12. The appointment will then go to the City Council for a vote.
Aging Partners is administered by the City of Lincoln and serves eight counties: Butler, Fillmore, Lancaster, Polk, Saline, Saunders, Seward and York.
More information on Aging Partners is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: aging).