The decision was unanimous amongst the city council at Thursday's regular meeting after City Manager Pat Crook made a recommendation for Jones.
"When Chief Stafford retired, we went through the process of accepting applications from all over the state of Georgia and we've gotten a few from out of state," said Mayor Evan King. "There were some 47 applications for this position. Mr. Jones rose to the top, in a matter of speaking, and was recommended by the city manager.
"Robert is an excellent young man. He has done an excellent job in his capacity. ... He brings a lot to the table."
A native of Calhoun and Gordon County, Jones, 37, has lived in Adairsville for seven years but feels the community has welcomed him as if he's lived there forever. Jones served in the United States Marine Corps before entering law enforcement. He worked in conjunction with the city of Adairsville through the Bartow County Sheriff's office before joining an attachment with the Drug Enforcement Administration in Atlanta for three years. In 2010, Jones came to work with the Adairsville Police Department as a lieutenant.
"It's a real honor. It's something that as law enforcement officers, we all dream about," Jones said. "I'm especially honored at this time of year, at the eve of Sept. 11, that I've been entrusted by the city to care for the security and well being of the citizens.
"It's a great environment we have right now with a lot of good things going on. It truly is an honor to serve this community."
King commended Jones on his efforts since being appointed interim chief in advancing new objectives of community policing. The APD has increased such programs including those educating neighborhood watch groups and speaking to school groups.
"We've kind of turned the page in a time of transition over the last 12 to 18 months," King said. "We're looking forward to great things in this community."
After being sworn in during a public ceremony at Thursday's meeting, Jones' first action as chief was the promotion of Lt. Danny Moore, an APD veteran of 21 years, to major and assistant chief.
Following the pinning of rank for both officers, the Adairsville City Council saw a number of agenda items.
First, was the approval of a memorandum of understanding between the city and Friendship Baptist Church to create a recreational use area on a vacant lot in the St. Elmo community with shared responsibilities between the church and city.
As the mayor and two council seats come up for election in November, incumbents found themselves running unopposed. With no race, a resolution was approved to hold no election this year.
A contract for bi-weekly lawn care was awarded Thursday to Four Seasons Lawn Care in the amount of $13,395 for the care of certain city properties.
The city-wide hiring freeze, instituted in 2008, was lifted by council approval for the replacement of employees through attrition since the ban was put in place.
Lastly, was an added item approved for the replacement of a backflow filter for the water department in the amount of $4,432. The filter has malfunctioned requiring manual operation. The replacement was mandated after a survey conducted by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.