Jackson back on the job as police chief
by Chris Yow
Nov 10, 2010 | 2162 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DORA — Following a two-hour hearing, the Dora City Council voted to reinstate John Jackson as police chief effective today.

Jackson said he was pleased with the outcome of the vote. “I have a good council, and I think they did the right thing,” he said following the announcement.

Dora Mayor Chris Edwards and the City Council came to a tie vote with one member abstaining on whether to keep Jackson on suspension due to the charges.

After a letter from Jackson’s wife stated she would not press charges against him on a domestic dispute charge, the council voted to keep Jackson as chief.

The hearing was an appeal of Jackson’s firing in October stemming from allegations made by Jackson’s wife, among other charges.

Edwards began the hearing by announcing the charges against Jackson, which included using city property for personal gain.

The city claimed Jackson received faxes pertaining to his trucking business at city hall, and he used his city-issued cell phone to contact clients of his business.

Jackson and his attorney, Charles Tatum Jr., denied the claims, citing any ethics violations would be null because Jackson was not aware he was committing an ethics violation.

Another issue was a complaint filed by a citizen on Oct. 1 citing Jackson solicited inappropriate pictures from the citizen.

Jackson denied that claim as well. The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is still investigating the matter.

Tatum said Jackson’s right to due process had been violated because he was never given a chance to rebut the complaint. It is unknown whether Tatum will file for a hearing in a court system.

“Times are too hard, and people’s reputations are too valuable,” said Tatum of why he planned to fight the matter.

Jackson said he was happy with the result and glad to be back at work.