He has a broad range of experience covering more than 30 years in military, state and county law enforcement.
Entering the military in 1978, Jackson spent his first seven years in a Military Police function securing nuclear weapon systems.
His military police experience includes patrolling threatened areas, small team tactics, various small arms and automatic weapons qualifications, hand-to-hand fighting, extensive monthly counter-terrorism training, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), airborne fire teams, nuclear weapons recovery and disabling/disarming, and supervision of other policemen.
While still on active duty, he attended training for the Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary and worked as an auxiliary trooper in Northwest Florida and the Miami area. Experience with FHP included traffic enforcement, apprehension of drunk drivers, counter-drug operations, accident investigation, airborne surveillance of the interstate in FHP aircraft, and official witness for several autopsies of traffic homicide victims for the state.
He was also a deputy sheriff in Jackson County, Miss., which included all duties of any regular deputy such as traffic enforcement, criminal apprehension, searches, arrest, serving of civil process and warrants, prisoner transport, and the capture of fleeing felons.
After 22 years, Jackson retired from Special Operations Command as a senior noncommissioned officer with an honorable discharge and many awards and decorations. Since then, Jackson served with the Tennessee State Guard as a commissioned officer and a military police battalion commander. He has a recent Level II Security Clearance from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
His education includes a bachelor of science and two associate’s of science degrees, all earned while working in the military. He earned a master rating in the Military Emergency Management System and is fully qualified under the National Incident Management System under the Federal Emergency Management Agency. These qualifications afford him the ability to respond to and control major accident scenes, hazardous material incidents, and any other disaster.
Jackson was appointed colonel, aide de camp by Gov. Bill Haslam in 2011.
“My goal is to continue to serve the people of Tennessee commensurate with my experience, education and training. The constable position seems to be a perfect fit,” Jackson said.