Designation of Jon R. Thomas as United States Representative on the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs

February 14, 1985

The President today announced the designation of Jon R. Thomas as the Representative of the United States of America on the Commission on Narcotic Drugs of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. He will continue to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters at the Department of State. He would succeed Dominick L. DiCarlo.

Since October 1984, Mr. Thomas has been serving as Assistant Secretary of State. Beginning in 1982 he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters. Previously he was senior staff member of the policy planning staff at the Department of State in 1980 - 1982. In 1977 - 1981 he was president of TURFAID, a Midsouth-based equipment distributorship. Mr. Thomas joined the Department of State in 1971 and served as a Foreign Service reserve officer in Spain and Switzerland until 1977. He served in the U.S. Special Forces (Green Berets) in 1966 - 1969 and received several decorations, including the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart.

He graduated from the University of Minnesota (B.A., 1970). He is married, has two children, and resides in McLean, VA. He was born January 7, 1946, in Minneapolis, MN.