Bank Foreclosure Back On for JCC Chair’s Home

March 30th, 2012 by Desiree Parker

James City County Chair Mary Jones’ home is up for foreclosure sale again.

The home is owned by Jones’ husband, Archbold (Arch) Jones III, and it was set to be sold in late September 2010 at a similar auction. This is the third time in two years the bank has attempted to sell the property; the first time, Arch Jones filed documents to halt the sale, and the next sale was halted by his fifth Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing since 2009.

The most recent bankruptcy filing was dismissed two weeks ago when Arch Jones failed to file the required paperwork on time, according to court records. Before the dismissal, the bank that holds the note on the property filed a request for relief from stay with the court seeking to proceed with the foreclosure despite the bankruptcy.

According to court documents, USAA Savings Bank claimed that “the instant bankruptcy petition was filed in bad faith and solely to delay… efforts to foreclose on its security interest in the… property.”

The document cites Arch Jones’ five previous Chapter 13 filings since 2009 that were also dismissed, and his one Chapter 7 that was completed in 2002 (read a previous story about the issue here).

Mary Jones did not immediately respond to an email from WYDaily Friday morning about whether she intends to remain in the district; she has indicated previously that she will do so.

The new sale is set for May 1 at noon on the steps of the Williamsburg James City County Courthouse.

14 Responses to Bank Foreclosure Back On for JCC Chair’s Home

  1. More

    March 30, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Another week, another WY story on Mary Jones, i think this issue has been covered enough. There must be some demented thinking about this situation by the news room.

  2. J. Birch

    March 30, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Well, that explains the black helicopters circling the area the other day.

  3. John Q Public

    March 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Is the WY daily going to post all forclosures on this site? That would save me some time in having to look thur the paper, but for some reason this is the only one that continually gets posted here. Yes, there are some shady dealings ( 5 filings in the past years ) but I would imagine other foreclosures have similar dealings, but for some reasons these do not make this site?

  4. Bob R.

    March 31, 2012 at 2:10 am

    From above: “the instant bankruptcy petition was filed in bad faith and solely to delay… efforts to foreclose on its security interest in the… property.”

    Unethical delay tactics, what a “tool”.

    Seems this is just one example of a long building trend with HOA repeatedly suing this family, and two credit card companies suing our BOS Chair for ~$6000 credit card debt just last year.

    The remaining questions to be answered are: 1) Was the Jones family paying their own JCC Property taxes, or pushing this expense onto the general public by way of their mortgage holder?

    and 2) Since they claimed to be working to resolve their mortgage problem; When was the last payment they made on their home?

  5. Milissa

    March 31, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    My heart goes out to Ms. Jones and her family. Though I dont agree with her on some issues, I know financial turmoil in ones life is difficult.

  6. To J Q Public

    March 31, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    I know plenty of people in this town who have had financial issues in the past. None of them filed bankruptcy even once. They had the fortitude to face their problems and work things out. Arch Jones has unsuccesfully filed for bankruptcy 5 times only to be turned down. Obviously there is more to the issue; otherwise, one of the bankruptcy applications would have been upheld. I find your comment that other foreclosures have similiar dealings to be specious.

  7. Cognoscente

    March 31, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    The only reason this story is as newsworthy as it is, is the fact that one of the homeowners is also Chair of the JCC BOS. Normally voters would like to see the people in charge of county business and finances be able to manage their own business and finances. In this case, that is clearly not the case.

    These multiple bankruptcies, Mary Jones’ warrants in debt and general credit card problems do not give me confidence that she is the correct person to Chair the Board of Supervisors. Let alone manage the county’s finances. Unfortunately, this is a very newsworthy situation.

    Put the shoe on the other foot. Suppose Mr Icenhour or McGlennon had committed even half the acts the Jones’s have. The county Republicans would have daily comments about it and have long ago called for their resignations.

  8. JCC Resident

    March 31, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I agree with John Q. Public and others who have commented. There are a lot of foreclosures going on and a lot of financial turmoil in our nation at the moment. Can we please move on to some “real news” and leave this family alone and let them sort out their financial problems. There has to be more important news to report!!

  9. Public Officials...

    April 1, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Public officials are under more scrutiny in the press than others, and rightly so. The County budget SHOULD be handled by financially astute, competent people.

  10. Time to step down

    April 1, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    It is time for Ms. Jones to step down. After months (and perhaps years) of scrutiny, she continues to sit on the BOS of JCC and amazing enough is the Chair. One should be embarrassed if such personal business is made public and should retreat so no further analysis is made public. Yet she presides at the JCC BOS meetingas though she has a handle on everything. I do not want her to be in a position where she is the Chair who can make decisions that affect the taxpayers of this county. Time for her to hang it up and take care of her personal business.

  11. burger

    April 2, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Clinton cheated on his wife, he remained in office. 😆

  12. ontheotherhand

    April 2, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Due to the circumstances,at least we know the BOS Chair is not busy lining her pockets like the members of the US Congress are

  13. To burger

    April 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    ….and Obama cheats the American people everyday and he remains in office.

    So what is your point, huh?

  14. What?

    April 3, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    @ burger.

    I don’t understand what Clinton’s infidelity has to do with this issue. If Clinton had been the president of the “Faithful Husbands Until Death” Organization, I could understand your reasoning. Yes, then he should have stood down.

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