albert_jones.jpgFORT LAUDERDALE – Gov. Charlie Crist announced on Monday that he has selected Dania Beach City Commissioner Albert Jones to fill the vacant District 9 Broward County Commission seat vacated by Josephus Eggelletion.

Jones, a longtime Republican, has also served as a member of the school board, and is currently a South Broward Hospital District commissioner.

Crist made the announcement Monday afternoon at the Broward County Governmental Center, 100 S. Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale.

District 9 is predominantly Democratic and black. The District 9 commissioner seat has been vacant since Sept. 23, when Eggelletion was indicted on federal money laundering charges, and was subsequently suspended.

The announcement comes two months after Eggelletion’s Sept. 23 suspension, and nearly a week to the day after local leaders criticized the governor for failing to make a timely appointment to the seat.

Unless Eggelletion is cleared of the charges against him, Jones will serve for the rest of Eggelletion’s unexpired term, which ends in 2012. If Eggelletion resigns from his seat, a special election will take place for his replacement.

Pictured above is Albert Jones.