Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Giving up the Salem seat
Jackson entered county government 16 years ago, when he first served on the Planning Commission. After a four year term, he ran for the supervisor’s seat, which he’s held ever since.
In his “day job,” Jackson is a lawyer for the FDIC, an agency which has been really busy these days. Between his increased workload and a desire to spend more time with his family, Jackson has decided to retire from the Board of Supervisors.
School Board member Don Holmes has already expressed an interest in the seat, and Jackson said he would support Holmes’ election: “He’s a real gentleman and I have found him to be a man of good character and judgment.”
Jackson said that the two have not always agreed on issues but that Holmes was always fair.
As to life after the Board, Jackson said he’ll spend more time at work and with his wife and two sons.
He feels that in the past 12 years, the county has moved in a positive direction, gaining a strong financial footing with a good tax base and a good bond rating.
“I think the community is on the right path, and I’m actually really proud of where we are,” he said.
But he won’t have time to rest yet: The supervisors face an upcoming budget season which many have said will be the toughest yet. The county’s finance department is predicting a gap of $9.3 million between income and expenses.
“It’s a challenge to strike that balance,” Jackson said. “Folks expect and deserve a certain level of public service, but that comes at a cost.”