About the Author
Stephen D. Jones, MS, CBO, MCP, NJCEM, is a Government Relations senior regional manager with the International Code Council responsible for the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and New Jersey. A certified building official, Jones has more than 35 years of construction industry experience. He is a past president of the International Code Council’s Board of Directors (2013–2014) and a former member of the International Accreditation Service Board of Directors. Jones is a sitting governor for the World Organization of Building Officials, and a former member of the Board of Direction for the National Council of Governments on Building Codes and Standards for the National Institute of Building Sciences. A licensed code official in the state of New Jersey since 1988, Jones served as the construction official and deputy emergency manager for the Township of Millburn/Short Hills and the Borough of Florham Park, N.J. He is a past president of the Morris County Building Officials Association and the Building Officials Association of New Jersey and has served on numerous state and national code-related committees, including the New Jersey Code Advisory Board Building Subcode Committee and the Peer Review Board. In 2007, he was honored as the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Inspector of the Year, and he holds the prestigious title of “Honorary Kentucky Colonel.” Jones has a bachelor’s degree in applied science and technology, a graduate certificate in homeland security from Thomas Edison State College, and a master’s degree in homeland security and emergency management from Thomas Edison State University.