Ann Jones, the city’s director of budget and evaluation, has received the 2009 Jack Vogt Award from the N.C. Local Government Budget Association for advancing the field of budgeting and evaluation in local government in North Carolina.
In 1994, Jones proposed the creation of the North Carolina Benchmarking Project to give cities reliable information about the cost and provision of municipal services. She has co-chaired the project steering committee since its inception and the project has grown from seven participating cities reporting on seven services, to 17 cities and 11 services. It has since become a model for regional benchmarking initiatives throughout the United States.
Jones has also given presentations on capital planning and budgeting for annexation at the Institute of Government and developed an operations review process for the Winston-Salem city budget that helped the city save $13.5 million over 15 years. In 2002 she developed a new zero-based budgeting process that has saved the city $680,000 since 2003. She is a founding member of the N.C. Local Government Budget Association.
City Manager Lee Garrity said, “I cannot think of another North Carolina local government professional who is more deserving of this award…. Ann is probably the most respected member of our staff for our elected officials. That respect and trust comes from her many years of carefully guiding the City Council through the annual budget process.”
Jones is the fourth recipient of the award, which was created in honor of Jack Vogt, a long-time professor at the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The award was presented Dec. 3 during the association’s winter conference in Charlotte.