Major Kevin Jones, a 22-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, has been promoted to head the Community Services Division. He takes over for Major David Caldwell, who came out of retirement to lead the branch.
“ Kevin Jones has over 24 years of experience in law enforcement in Orange County,” said Jamie Sykes, chief of operations at OCSO. “In addition, he has the personality, the quiet enthusiasm and the leadership mentality to serve as the next Major of our Community Service Division. Law enforcement is often a reactive entity; we strive to balance that reality with a proactive mentality. Major Jones is the perfect leader to assume Major Caldwell’s duties because, like David, he understands we serve Orange County best when we align ourselves with the specific needs of those we serve.”
Jones said he is excited about the new role.
“It’s a new challenge. I have a lot to learn,” he said. “And I look forward to it. It’s been a great experience so far. It seems like it’s a completely new role. I have been working traffic and patrol for 24 years. I just moved into this position. 911 calls, running traffic. Almost everything under the sun.”
Jones, who grew up in Hillsborough, is a natural fit for the Community Services Division. He said his favorite part about working in Orange County has been being able to work in the community in which he grew up.
“Being able to see people I grew up with, help them get through situations, whether it be a call, or going to a community event or help with a church function — it’s what I enjoy most.”
Despite being on the job locally for more than two decades, Jones said he never tires of his work.
“There are many things I enjoy about the job. Everyday I come in and there’s something different going on. Whether it be the same kind of situation, in general, but everything is always different. Every kind of encounter is always different. Being able to talk to someone and leave with them feeling a little bit better, or having a smile on their face. Or going into a restaurant, or Walmart to walk around, and so many people come up to thank you for your service, or thank you for what you do with them.”
Major Jones lives in Mebane with his wife and two kids. In his spare time, Major Jones spends a lot of time at the gym. But his favorite way to relax is mountain trail biking.
“(Biking) allows my mind to just focus on one thing. When you’re riding through the woods, if you don’t focus on what you’re doing, you’re liable to hit a tree.”
Major Jones said he’s seen Hillsborough and Chapel Hill grow, and he’s well aware of some of the challenges that have come with that growth.
“With the growth of the towns, the challenges can be in getting into the new neighborhoods to get to know the people and help them learn just what the sheriff does,” Jones said. “You would be amazed at how many people do not even know we have a sheriff in the county. They think we’re all police, or if I pull up somewhere, they think I’m highway patrol.
“We live in a wonderful place. It’s a great community that I’m proud to be a part of, proud to serve on a daily basis. I get up and head out of the house, I’m smiling. It’s not a chore. I’m privileged to go to work here,” he said.