Linda Barnes

Mayor's Office
Title: Director, Office of the Mayor
Phone: 336-747-7372
Linda Jackson-Barnes


  • Coordinates citizen participation in the citizen advisory boards and commission application process
  • Coordinates the development of annual action plan, budgetary responsibilities and long-range planning for Mayor's office
  • Creates work programs for and supervises college and graduate interns
  • Handles a variety of inquiries and complaints from citizens, as well as managing the day-to-day functions of the Office of the Mayor
  • Assists Mayor Joines in formulating and implementing policies, programs, and special projects related to Mayor's office involvement in critical community issues
  • Manages all aspects of internal and external communications activities of the Mayor's office, including media and public relations functions such as:
    • Annual reports
    • News conferences
    • News releases
    • Public information programs
  • Performs research
  • Plans, coordinates and facilitates community problem-solving efforts, special events, meetings, conferences and public forums initiated by Mayor
  • Provides staff support for Mayor during selected conferences and seminars
  • Serves as the Mayor's liaison with various community organizations and citizen groups
  • Serves on various boards and committees to represent the Mayor's office

Work Experience
Prior to becoming Assistant to the Mayor of Winston-Salem, Linda Jackson-Barnes developed a highly notable 23-year career in law enforcement with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She moved up the ranks with extreme precision, going from Patrol Officer to Detective to Sergeant, and finally, as Administrative Lieutenant, earned numerous professional and community awards such as Officer of the Year, Woman of the Year, Sheriff's Department Outstanding Leadership and Dedicated Service Award, and Distinguished Achievement in Law Enforcement Award. Linda has demonstrated her commitment for several years by serving on numerous Boards of Directors.

She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is also a graduate of Leadership Chattanooga and other specialized schools.

Linda is an active member of: 

  • Leadership Winston-Salem
  • Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
  • The United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church
  • United Way 2006 Campaign Cabinet
  • The Winston-Salem Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
  • Several other boards and committees

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