Margaret Jones Is January Employee of the Month

Posted: January 4, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Catherine Ferraro

Margaret Jones
Margaret Jones
Photo by Evan Cantwell

Name: Margaret Jones

Position at Mason: Administrative Office Specialist III, University Police

Years at Mason: 22

What She Does: Jones oversees and maintains records for the University Police Department, prepares statistical reports and provides the Virginia State Police with monthly crime reports that are sent to the FBI. She also provides front desk service and manages the electronic access system for the Fairfax Campus, which includes entering personal data into the e-access system, coordinating with Stanley Solutions to ensure program upgrades and troubleshooting the system to ensure continued access for those who need it on campus.

What She Enjoys Most about Her Job: “Having the opportunity to meet all the different people who work in the Police Department, at the university and anyone else who stops by the office.”

Best Memory at Mason: “My best memory at Mason is being a part of the men’s basketball team trip to the Final Four in 2005,” she says. “It is also interesting to see all the changes that have taken place at Mason, such as the new buildings and the increase in the number of students. I came to Mason when the Patriot Center opened for the first time and personal computers were just being introduced, so there have been a lot of changes since then,” she adds.

Life Before Mason: Before coming to Mason, Jones provided administrative support for the FBI and also worked with the Washington, D.C., court system.

What She Does for Fun: “I love to bowl, but I also enjoying traveling, arts and crafts and sewing.”

What Others Say about Her:

“Margaret’s constant dedication and commitment to the Police Department and the university proves her loyalty and perseverance. She has singlehandedly managed the police records, special events billing, best access system and front desk for years. With her efforts and keenness for detail she has been an unsung hero in the vital mission for the Police Department and understands the role it plays at George Mason University.”

Cheryl Goss, office specialist III

“It is easy to say that Margaret has always taken her job duties seriously and has unfailingly supported the Police Department with her actions. Her professional attitude and customer service skills have always been exceptional. Her service to the Police Department for more than 22 years is truly commendable.”

Kevin Barrett, lieutenant and assistant support services bureau commander

“Margaret has been at Mason since 1985, and when the new police building was opened in 1990, she quickly became adept at computers and technology, and she was the first administrator of the electronic card access system. She was instrumental in providing very detailed accounts of files, proofs and reports that led to the department receiving national accreditation in 1991. Whatever develops, whatever happens, Margaret is always there and has become the go-to problem solver and a loyal part of our team. With plans to retire in May, she will be very difficult to replace.”

Michael Lynch, chief of police

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