Jerome Blakeney, Jr. has been named Director of General Services and Jenny Johnson has been selected as the Director of Customer Service.
Jerome has worked for the City of Kannapolis since 2007 when he began working in the Public Works Department. He performed a variety of tasks in the streets and stormwater divisions. In 2010 he was named the Facilities Manager. As Facilities Manager he has worked closely with staff to oversee the fleet maintenance of the City, the warehousing of supplies and materials, and maintenance of all city facilities. Before joining the City he worked for Sysco Foods and the City of Salisbury.
As Director of General Services, he will oversee a staff of ten as they perform preventative maintenance and repairs on all city-owned buildings and properties. City facilities include the Public Works Operations Center, the Kannapolis City Hall and Police Headquarters, the Kannapolis Train Station, Atrium Health Ballpark, the Water Treatment Plant, Safrit Park, Bakers Creek Park, Village Park, Main Street Warehouse, the city’s communications tower, pump house, VIDA Parking Deck, downtown properties such as the Gem Theatre; College Station, and all of the City’s fire stations.
A native of Salisbury, he graduated from Salisbury High School and holds a Facilities Engineering Management Diploma from North Carolina State University. He also holds multiple certifications in equipment, maintenance, facilities, and transportation. Jerome is a member of the International Facility Management Association – Charlotte Chapter. He and his wife, Joy, reside in Rowan County and they have a son, Jerome Blakeney, III. They attend Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church.
Jenny is a native of California and holds an associate degree in paralegal studies and legal office administration from California State University. As Director of Customer Service her ten member staff are responsible for the utility billing and customer service aspects of city services.
She most recently worked for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in several positions including Business Services Coordinator and Unit Enrollment Supervisor. She also served as the Customer Service and Utility Billing Manager for the Town of Harrisburg.
She is the mother of three daughters and resides in Rockwell with her husband, Jay.