Joseph L. Boles, Jr. moved to St. Augustine with his parents in 1967. A native of North Carolina, he attended the University of Florida after graduating from St. Augustine High School in 1970.
He initially obtained a Bachelor of Design and Advertising Design from the University of Florida, and also obtained his law degree from the University of Florida College of Law.
He was admitted to practice in the fall of 1984 and his areas of interest are Elder law, asset protection, estates and trusts, business law and family law.
He is married to Jane Reynolds and he has three daughters, Hayley (21), Molly (19), and Kirby Catherine (16). His office is located on the corner of Riberia and Saragossa Streets in St. Augustine.
He serves as Mayor of the City of St. Augustine, having been elected in 2006, previously elected as a City Commissioner, Seat 3, in 2004. Currently he serves on the Board of the St. Johns County Council on Aging as its President and Chairman of that Board. He is the Vice President of the St. Johns County Welfare Federation, and serves on the Buckingham Smith Benevolent Association Board, and the Rotary Club of St. Augustine. He has previously served as President of the St. Augustine Art Association Board and served as Secretary of the CHILD Cancer Fund Board. Until recently he was a member of the Flagler Hospital Board and the Flagler Hospital Foundation Board.
He was one of the founding board members of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, Inc. and served as Chairman of that Board for two years. He was a founding board member for the First Tee of St. Johns County and a member of the American Cancer Society Board for St. Johns County.
He was a past President of the St. Augustine Rotary Club and previously was a Chairman of the City of St. Augustine Planning and Zoning Board during the development of the City’s Comprehensive Land Use plan.
His hobbies are golf, fishing and painting. He is a member of the Memorial Presbyterian Church and has served as a Deacon and Trustee.
Congress established the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission as part of the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 and charged it with ensuring a suitable national observance of St. Augustine’s 450th anniversary by complementing the programs and activities of the State of Florida and the City of St. Augustine. The members were appointed by U. S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar after considering the recommendations of the Mayor of St. Augustine, the St. Augustine City Commission, and the Chancellor of the University System of Florida, the Governor of Florida, and the Florida delegation in Congress.