Outstanding Woman – Surrogate Patricia Egan Jones

Camden County Surrogate Patricia Egan Jones was sworn into office in 2001 after serving as a Camden County Freeholder. The County Surrogate is an elected constitutional officer who serves as the Judge of the Surrogate’s Court. The word “Surrogate” means “one who speaks for another.”

County Surrogates administer an office that touches the life of almost every person in the county. The Camden County Surrogate’s Court, under the direction of Surrogate Jones, appoints guardians for minors, manages minors’ trust accounts, supervises adoptions, prepares for hearings for incapacitated individuals, assists people in obtaining an Advance Directive for Health Care (Living Will), determines the validity of a will, gives the executor proof of authority to administer the estate of the deceased, and establishes estate administration when decedents fail to leave a will.

The Surrogate’s Court in Camden County has a long history of providing learning experiences for students. “Our internship programs are well received by Rutgers Law School, Rutgers and Rowan Universities, Camden County College and even our area high schools,” says Surrogate Jones. The students spend a semester with the Surrogate’s Court and secure credits while learning on the job. These are not paid positions, but the experience and resume building they provide are invaluable. 

Surrogate Jones has played a leadership role in a host of nonprofit and service organizations for more than 30 years. She currently serves on the boards of the Camden County Chapter of the American Red Cross and Larc School as well as the Rutgers University/Walter Rand Institute, Cooper’s Ferry Development Association and the Volunteers of America Delaware Valley.  Surrogate Jones is the co-founder of the Home Port Alliance, which brought the Battleship New Jersey home to the Camden Waterfront. She continues to serve on that board as Chair.

The U.S. Army Freedom Team Salute selected Surrogate Jones as a 2009 recipient of its Freedom Team Salute Commendation.  Created by the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff in 2005, the Freedom Team exists to recognize the bond between soldiers and community; celebrate sacrifices made by those who support our soldiers; honor the millions of soldier veterans; and build and maintain a strong Army Alumni.


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