Yvonne served in law enforcement for 17 years and then for more than 20 years has worked with attorneys in the investigation and preparation of cases for trial. Yvonne began her career in law enforcement as a uniformed City of Atlanta Police Officer and was assigned to patrol a beat in Zone Four – the old Stewart Avenue section of town now known as Metropolitan Ave. She left the police department to become a Crime Investigator with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, Georgia. She was the first woman to serve in that capacity. As a Crime Investigator, Yvonne conducted pre Grand Jury investigations, investigated and prepared cases for trial, and worked in court with Assistant District Attorneys in the jury selection and trial of felony cases.
In the early 1980s, Yvonne served as the investigative liaison between the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and the Atlanta Missing and Murdered Children’s Tasks Force. She also acted as one of the four Team Leaders who worked on individual cases in that effort. The Task Force investigation culminated in the arrest, trial, and conviction of Wayne Williams for two homicides: a verdict that remains controversial to this day. Yvonne’s role in the Missing and Murdered Children’s Case, and the effect that her work and the case itself had on her family, is depicted in her daughter Kim Reid’s published memoir No Place Safe. Also, in connection with this case, Yvonne was interviewed by Charlene Hunter-Gault on the PBS television show The McNeil-Lehr Report.
After leaving the District Attorney’s Office, Yvonne did investigative work for private attorneys, and after a one year stint with the Fulton County Solicitor’s Office, began work with her husband in The Law Office of Derek H. Jones. She has helped him in defend numerous criminal cases, including several cases in which the State of Georgia unsuccessfully sought the death penalty. Yvonne has also assisted him with complex civil litigation for local community banks and in representing law enforcement officers in administrative hearings and licensing matters.
Yvonne graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. degree from St. Leo University of Florida, Atlanta, Georgia campus. She graduated from the Atlanta Police Academy, held Georgia P.O.S.T. certification as a law enforcement officer, and has attended numerous law enforcement seminars.
B.A., summa cum laude, St. Leo University