Member, Planning and Zoning Board, Rock Hall, 1976-80. Member, Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board, Queen Anne's County, 1990-92 (past president). Mayor of Rock Hall, 1999-2011 (vice-mayor, 1997-99). Member, Strategic Economic Development Advisory Board, Kent County, 2003-04; Workforce Housing Task Force, Kent County, 2006-07. Member, Upper Shore Regional Council, 2007-; Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays, 2009-11; Bainbridge Development Advisory Board, 2011-; Mid-Shore Regional Council, 2011-; Nutrient Management Advisory Committee, 2011-; Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, 2011-; Maryland Dairy Industry Oversight and Advisory Council, 2015-.
Born in West Palm Beach, Florida. Attended Kent County High School, Worton, Maryland. Small business owner. Owner, Jay A. Jacobs Complete Kitchens and Baths, LLC. President, Kent County Council of Governments, 2007-10 (member, 1997-2007). Member, Maryland Mayor's Association, 1999-2011 (president, 2003). Member, Maryland Municipal League, 1997-2011 (board of directors, 2002-07; district vice-president, 2002-07). Member, Eastern Shore Association of Municipalities, 1997-2011. Member and administrative officer, Kent County Community Marching Band, 1993-. Firefighter and ambulance driver, Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company, 1996- (board of directors, 1997-). Chair, Rock Hall Tricentenial, 2007. Community Service Award, Kent County Chamber of Commerce, 2001. Person of the Year, WCTR, Chestertown, 2007. Member, Wesley United Methodist Church, Centreville, Maryland. Married.
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