Fulton County Sheriff Ted Jackson

Theodore Jackson is an accomplished senior executive with extensive experience as a field manager and a broad range of experience at FBI Headquarters in national program areas, policy  budget, and management.  In 1996, Mr. Jackson was selected by the President of the United States to be awarded the rank of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service of the FBI.

Mr. Jackson began his career with the FBI in 1971 and served in various investigative assignments in Memphis, Tennessee, and Cleveland, Ohio.  In 1980, Mr. Jackson was promoted to FBI Headquarters, Washington, D.C., where as a Supervisory Special Agent he coordinated the FBI’s National Public Corruption, Election Laws, Labor Matters, Antitrust and Civil Matters Programs throughout the United States.

In 1984, he was promoted to the Inspection Division as an Inspector’s Aide.  In this assignment, he was responsible for review of program areas in field offices selected for audit.  These areas of responsibility consisted of office budget, national programs, and utilization of resources, compliance with policy, regulations, and liaison efforts.

Following his assignment to the Inspection Division, in 1985, Mr. Jackson was promoted to the position of Supervisory Senior Resident Agent in Charge of the Hackensack, New Jersey Office and Resident Agency of the Newark Division.  During this assignment, he supervised significant and complex White Collar Crime, Organized Crime, and Drug investigations, as well as Foreign Counterintelligence matters, to include International Terrorism Groups.  Of significant accomplishment was the dismantling of a faction of the Genovese organized crime family, a Colombian drug organization operating in New York and New Jersey, and public officials misusing their elected or appointed positions.  It should be noted that the Resident Agency was responsible for Bergen County, one of the wealthiest counties in the United States adjacent to New York City, via the George Washington Bridge, with a population of one million people in 72 municipalities.

In 1988, Mr. Jackson was promoted to the position of Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Office in Mobile, Alabama, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Division.  In this assignment, he managed all investigative programs, the Resident agencies, financial, budget and administrative matters as well as liaison and community outreach efforts.

In 1992, he was promoted to the prestigious rank of Inspector with the responsibility of supervising internal reviews and audits of FBI operations and budgets as well as conducting sensitive administrative investigations.  This assignment was noteworthy in that out of 11,500 Special Agents of the FBI, only six can hold the rank of Inspector at any one time.

In 1994, Mr. Jackson was promoted to the position of Special Agent in Charge of the Cincinnati, Ohio Office.  This office is responsible for the FBI operations in the 48 counties that comprise the Southern District of Ohio.  During this assignment, Mr. Jackson systematically planned, coordinated and controlled the overall activities associated with the office’s criminal investigative, budgets and administrative programs.  He ensured the appropriate identification of crime problems within the office’s territory and established attainable goals and objectives to address these problems.  Under the direction of Mr. Jackson, the Cincinnati Office consistently out produced other offices of equivalent size in the FBI in every investigative field.

In May 1998, Mr. Jackson assumed the position of Deputy Assistant Director of the Corruption/Civil Rights and Financial Crimes Branch of the Criminal Investigative division.  This position requires overall national and international oversight of programs concerning corruption of public officials; election law matters, labor matters, Interception of Communication, Ethics in Government Act (including Independent Counsel matters), Bribery (Legislative and Judicial Branches and the Department of Justice, Perjury, Obstruction of Justice, civil Rights violations, Health care, Insurance, Telemarketing, Securities/Commodities, Bankruptcy, Financial Institution and Governmental Frauds, Money Laundering and Intellectual Property Rights matters.

On November 23, 1998, Mr. Jackson was designated Principle Deputy Assistant Director of the Criminal Investigative Division.  The responsibilities for this position consists of those mentioned above as well as Acting Assistant Director in his absence, oversight for the Critical Incident Response Group, budgets, administrative and operational support.  These responsibilities range from computer support, technology and oversight functions, personnel actions, funding issues, undercover operations and support, victim witness/community outreach and asset forfeiture to special investigations such as child abduction and serial killers, crisis management, profiling and behavior assessment, and the Hostage Rescue Team.  While in this position, Mr. Jackson represented the FBI as a member of a panel in Sicily with world leaders and high-level officials from Italy concerning money laundering issues and as a panel member in Hong Kong for the 25th Anniversary of the Independent Commission Against Corruption attended by over 450 delegates from throughout Europe, Asia, and South Africa.

On August 17, 1999, Mr. Jackson assumed his duties as the Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta, Georgia Office.  He was personally involved in significant organized crime, drug, public corruption, violent crime, White Collar Crime, cyber crimes, foreign counterintelligence, weapons of mass destruction and National Infrastructure Protection Center issues.  Additionally, he was instrumental in special events such as the World Series, the Super bowl, Y2K Compliance, March Madness, National Explorers Scout Convention, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, NCAA Final Four Competition, and the Marine Corps Training Exercise in Metropolitan Atlanta.  The Atlanta Office, which covers the entire state of Georgia, consist of more than five hundred employees including task force personnel.  The office is comprised of fourteen offsite offices (resident agencies) with a budget exceeding fifty million dollars.

Since September 11, 2001, following the most tragic attack on the US by International terrorist, Mr. Jackson personally oversaw the FBI hotline assigned to Atlanta by FBI headquarters involving 380,000 telephone calls.  Additionally, intensive investigation accorded in Georgia as three of the identified hijackers were were observed in the Atlanta metropolitan area.  Following this incident, Mr. Jackson was personally involved in the Homeland Security protocols, training, and the establishment of the State of Georgia efforts to deal with weapons of mass destruction.  This effort also included the establishment of an FBI office at the Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, to deal with issues of terrorism, airport security and liaison with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, airline security and corporate personnel.  Mr. Jackson retired from the FBI on November 28, 2003.

The Chief Judge of the Superior Court appointed Mr. Jackson on July 26, 2004 as Interim Sheriff of Fulton County, State of Georgia.  Mr. Jackson remained in this position until December 31, 2004 when the newly elected Sheriff was sworn in.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Mr. Jackson earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in physics from Morgan State University in Baltimore.  He is a Vietnam War veteran, having served in the U.S. Army.  He attended graduate school at the University of Southern California, Washington Public Affairs Branch, earning a certificate in Public Administration.  He is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government and has received extensive training in crisis management exercises.  The training provided exceptional preparation for him as a site commander at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.  Additionally, Mr. Jackson is an FBI-trained Hostage Negotiator, General Police Instructor, and Sex Crimes Instructor.

Mr. Jackson served as a commission member of the Ohio Police Training Academy, having been appointed by the Governor of the State of Ohio, policy committee member of the Federal Executive Board, President of the Cincinnati Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Chairman of the Advisory Board of Aiken Senior High School Career Paths, a member of Hamilton County Chiefs Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police Association, the American Legion Post 56, Metropol an organization representing Federal, State, local law enforcement and corporate security representatives, Georgia Chiefs of Police Association, Georgia Chapter of NOBLE and the FEI Alumni Association, among numerous other positions.  Mr. Jackson served as an executive board member of Metropol, which consist of law enforcement and corporate executives and is Vice-chairman of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Agency (HIDTA), which is an organization comprised  of federal, state, and local agencies addressing drug problems.

Mr. Jackson was appointed Interim Sheriff of Fulton County, Georgia from July 2004 until December 2004.

Mr. Jackson is married to the former Renee Y. Mayo, and they have two adult daughters.