Port Orange, FL - Come December, Port Orange will have a brand new city attorney
City officials agreed at Tuesday's (October 15th) meeting, through a unanimous vote, that Matt Jones, the former Assistant City Attorney, will take over for the departing Margaret Roberts.
Roberts, who held the position since 2000, will be leaving after accepting a job with the City of North Port, located in West Florida.
Jones, a lifelong resident of Port Orange, began his legal career as an intern with the city attorney's office around nine years ago while attending Florida Coastal School of Law. After graduating in 2011, Jones was hired as the assistant city attorney.
“Matt has a diverse skill set and a work ethic to perform thorough and competent legal work while serving our community,” said Mayor Don Burnette. “Matt works well with our elected officials, city staff, and members of the public. We are excited that he will begin the next phase of his legal career as City Attorney, serving his hometown community.”
He was recently honored by the Florida Bar for achieving board certification in city, county and local law and currently serves as the Vice President of the Florida Association of Police Attorneys
Jones will officially take over the position on December 2nd, following a contract negotiation between him and Mayor Burnette.