ELIZABETHTOWN Adirondack Community Action Programs, Inc. (ACAP) has decided to look to one of its own for leadership. Alan Jones, former ACAP chief financial officer, was hired to fill the vacancy left by John Bernardi, who recently became executive director of the United Way of Clinton and Essex Counties. Alan has proven leadership skills and has worked as an effective part of ACAPs management team over the past few years, said Laurie Davis, vice-chair of the ACAP board and head of the selection committee. We look forward to continuing to work with him to further the agencys mission. Jones has been with ACAP since 2001. He started as director of employment and training before becoming the CFO in 2002. He is a state?certified foster/adoptive parent, and holds a Family Development Leadership Credential. Im committed to ACAP and look forward to furthering its mission as executive director, said Jones, who started on Feb. 1 with an annual salary of $49,000. Jones said he planned to continue in Bernardis footsteps. He said it was possible the agency would considering expanding services for Essex Countys aging population. He added that securing funding for programs is a priority, and said it was time for ACAP to look outside traditional grant sources. Jones, a Lewis resident, is married to Elizabethtown-Lewis Central school teacher Robyn Jones. The couple, who resides in Lewis, has two children. ACAP employs about 150 people, operating 25 different programs that serve Essex County residents, including Head Start, One Work Source, Weatherization and the Nutrition Program for the Elderly. Alan has been an asset to the agency as CFO and we are confident that he will do a great job as executive director/CEO, said ACAP Board Chair Jim Monty.