Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
Joe Jackson (WRDW-TV)
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Commissioner Joe Jackson resigned Wednesday on The Austin Rhodes Show.
He made the announcement live on the air with Austin Rhodes. He's led District 6 in Augusta since 2011 in his second term. He was elected in 2007 and took office in 2008. He was re-elected in 2010 and should have ended this term in December.
This should have been his last term due to term limits.
According to the clerk's office, this isn't the first time a sitting commissioner has resigned. Commissioner Tommy Boils resigned in 2005 to run for mayor and in 2006 Commissioner Richard Colclough resigned as District 4 Commissioner.
In each of those cases the Commission has nominated someone to fill the person's unexpired term, according to the clerk's office.
Commissioner Jackson sent his resignation letter to Governor Nathan Deal today.
City officials said they will put this on Monday's committee meeting agenda to nominate a person to fill his term. Ben Hasan is expected to take over the vacant seat.
Jackson's wife died in April after battling cancer for more than a year.