Jones served over 20 years as the Chief Clerk/County Administrator of Venango County, until her retirement in 2016. She also came back after retirement to help her replacements with the board of elections.
"While she demonstrated (an) outstanding work ethic that won her the respect of generations of local leadership, she also stepped out of her daily work to serve as a leader throughout the community," the chamber's press release stated. "It is clear from the letters in support of her nomination that Denise has a heart for community service."
She has served many community organizations over several decades: League of Women Voters, Community Action Advisory Board, the American Red Cross, Family Service and Children's Aid Society, UPMC Northwest, The Northwest Hospital Foundation, Child Development Centers, Inc., The Venango County STOP Violence Against Women Coalition, Together We Can, Bridge Builders Community Foundation, Franklin Area School District Community Engagement Committee, New Life Family Worship Center, and the Williams Family Caregivers Foundation.
According to the chamber press release letters from the community nominating her stated "Denise is a person to admire for her respect among friends, neighbors, and associates." And "... as a strong leader she has consistently made effective decisions, communicated well, and had a strategic vision for the community." And "...Denise is the person you want on your board or committee as she is the person
who says ‘Sure, I'll help - what do we need to do?’ and then does it.”
Denise is a 1972 graduate of Oil City High School and was chosen as the class of 2022 commencement speaker. She has resided in Franklin for 40 years and was recently appointed as one of the Honorable Knights by the Franklin Area School Board, a program of mentorship and community engagement within the schools with a goal to help curb bullying and giving further resources to students.
"She, along with her siblings, founded the George and Marjorie Williams Foundation, which gives aid to
caregivers. She has remained active and is involved in several civic organizations, currently serving as the
Administrative Assistant at the New Life Family Worship Center. Denise is the “go-to person” for all church business matters. At present, she is helping to form a non-profit organization, Together We Can, to promote acceptance and diversity in the community."
Denise and her husband, Russ, have two adult children, Charles and Michelle, and a large extended family, deeply rooted over multiple generations in Venango County.
"Denise Jones continues to dedicate her life to making a positive difference in the well-being of others. Her
strong moral character is abundantly evident to all who know her as she works tirelessly to improve and
preserve our community."