Commissioner Chris D. Jackson - Chairman Pro-Tempore
Chris D. Jackson is a county commissioner who represents the second district in Lawrence County. First elected in August 2006 at the age of 19, he is the youngest person ever elected to public office in Lawrence County and the youngest person ever elected to the office of county commissioner in the State of Tennessee. He has served as Chairman Pro-Tempore of the county commission since 2014.
A lifelong resident of Loretto, Jackson attended Loretto High School and the University of North Alabama where he earned a bachelor of science degree in political science and government and a minor in criminal justice. Jackson is an active member and vice president of the Loretto Lions Club and serves on the board of directors for the South Lawrence Economic Development Association.
He is a member of the Lawrence County Public Records Commission, the Lawrence County Resource Conservation and Development program, and serves as Chairman of the county Technology Committee as well as the School Board Liaison Committee on the county commission. Jackson also served two terms as State Director of the Young Elected Officials Network, a national organization whose goal is to recruit young Americans to the field of public service. He is employed with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department where he works in administration and information technology. Jackson also is a Tennessee Notary Public.
First elected in 2006, Jackson was subsequently re-elected as commissioner in 2010 and 2014. During his time in office, he has worked hard to improve the lives of the citizens of the 2nd District and Lawrence County as-a-whole by responsibly addressing the problems presently facing our county while progressively investing in areas that are vital to our county's future success. He has distinguished himself as being a leader on big issues such as economic development, property tax fairness, improving our school system, making sure county government is fiscally responsible, ethical and transparent, ensuring the public's safety and running rural water lines to citizens who need water.
Jackson lists his proudest accomplishments as helping the county lower the unemployment rate from 17.2% in 2010 to under 6% in 2015, passing legislation that made an unprecedented investment in the county's infrastructure, putting School Resource Officers in every county school and leading the fight to advance the school building program which will build new high schools for the Loretto and Summertown areas in the near future.
Jackson has strived to set a high standard of openness and accessibility as commissioner. From his first day in office, Jackson has publicly listed his cell phone number and email address. He also regularly communicates with citizens on social media. In an effort to keep his constituents informed on the issues, he also writes op-eds for the local paper and often sends out robo calls regarding important issues facing Lawrence County.
In May of 2011, Jackson was recognized for his progressive leadership when he was selected by the National Associations of Counties (NACo) as one of 100 county officials from around the nation to participate in a historic meeting at the White House in Washington D.C. to discuss the issues confronting county governments with the Obama administration.
Representing a new generation of leadership that puts the people's interests above the special interests, Commissioner Jackson's top priority as county commissioner is to move our county forward so future generations have the opportunity to live, work and raise their family in Lawrence County as past generations have been blessed to do.
Commission Jackson is married to the former Kailea Daniels of Leoma. They live in Loretto with their four dogs and cat and enjoy being active in their community.
Chris D. Jackson
District 2 Commissioner
162 Fox Ridge Drive
Loretto, TN 38469
Phone: (931) 629-5627
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