I served in the U. S. Coast Guard for over 30 years, as a search and rescue helicopter pilot, and in a variety of command positions in New Orleans, on Lake Michigan, and finally here in Astoria as the Sector Commander. I did a few tours in Washington DC, including as Chief of Strategic Planning for the Coast Guard before transferring to Astoria in 2011.
After three decades moving around the country, there were many choices of places to live. Linda and I fell in love with the Astoria community and decided we weren’t moving again. As a volunteer, I joined the boards of the United Way of Clatsop County, the Friends of the Astoria Armory and Astoria Column, and Columbia River Maritime Museum. Linda and I both found that if you are willing to roll your sleeves up and do some work for nonprofits, Astorians welcome you with open arms.
After my Coast Guard career, I worked for 2 1/2 years as a helicopter pilot for the Columbia River Bar Pilots, transporting Bar Pilots to and from ships at sea. Since November of 2017, I have worked as Deputy Director of the Columbia River Maritime Museum. I am proud to serve an institution that honors our rich maritime heritage, and provides tremendous economic benefits to our region.
In the Coast Guard, I commanded complex, multi-state organizations with over 700 employees. I led responses to numerous disasters, including hurricanes, oil spills and jet crashes. Volunteering as City Councilor, and with luck, as Mayor, allows me to give back using my management and leadership experience and ability. Those skills are needed: we face serious challenges including disaster preparedness and homelessness, and inadequate affordable housing, living wage jobs, and child care. After two years preparing as a City Councilor, I am ready to lead as Mayor.
- Bruce Jones
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About Bruce's Family
Linda and I have been married since August 1984. We have three grown sons; two serve as Coast Guard officers, and one as a wildland firefighter and EMT. We have four grandchildren. My wife Linda is an active community volunteer. As a 7 year member of the board of Lower Columbia Hospice (4 years as President), she was a founder and 6 time volunteer Race Director for the highly popular and successful "Race to the Bar" 5K/10K fundraiser. As Clatsop County Master Gardener Program Coordinator and volunteer, she spearheaded the building of the Alderbrook Park Learning Garden, which has in its first year already harvested and donated over 400 pounds of produce to local food pantries. She served for 3 years on the board of Assistance League of the Columbia Pacific, working to clothe less fortunate children in Clatsop County schools.
Leadership In Action
I have volunteered with numerous Astoria nonprofits over the years including each "Race to the Bar" fundraiser for Lower Columbia Hospice. My wife Linda is one of the event's founders and was Race Director for its first 6 years. Below are a few of the other organizations I've served with.
Friends of the Astoria Armory: I am proud to have served on the Board of Friends of the Astoria Armory for over 4 years, 2 as President. Returning the abandoned Armory - a fantastic building which some had recommended be demolished to create parking - to life as a Community Center and indoor Skate Rink has been a richly rewarding experience. Even more rewarding has been watching how our many dedicated volunteers have given so much joy to so many people by bringing our Armory back to life.
United Way of Clatsop County: Serving on UWCC's board for 3 years gave me a great appreciation for the tremendous need in our county for social services and how much more work there remains to be done to lift our neighbors and especially children out of poverty and abusive situations.
Friends of the Astoria Column: I was privileged to serve as the liaison between the FOAC board and the restoration team during the lengthy, full restoration of the Column in 2015. Regular trips up the scaffolding and conversations with the gifted artisans gave me an even greater appreciation for the treasure we have atop Coxcomb Hill.
Columbia River Maritime Museum
Columbia River Maritime Museum Board of Trustees: Astoria is so fortunate to be home to CRMM. The only reason CRMM is here rather than in Portland is because of the vision, guts, and perseverance of its founder, Rolf Klep, who insisted that Astoria is where the story of the modern Columbia River maritime story began. I was honored to serve on the board for over 3 years before resigning to assume the position of Deputy Director.