By: WCTV Eyewitness News
December 6, 2018
QUINCY, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners has appointed the first woman to hold the position of County Administrator in the county's 200-year history.
By unanimous vote, Dee Jackson was selected for the position during the county commission meeting on Tuesday.
Jackson, who is currently serving as Interim County Administrator, will assume her new role immediately following her tenure.
Jackson is a native of Gadsden County and a graduate of Florida A&M University. Prior to her appointment to Interim County Administrator in 2017, Jackson served as the Grant Writer for the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners. County officials say she has devoted her life to public service, with experience in areas of operations management, corporate event management, budget operations, primary and adult education, community relations, marketing and organizational leadership.
Jackson said, "I’m extremely honored and excited about the opportunity I have to serve the community that I grew up in and has given me so much. I look forward to continuing the progress of the last year, but I also relish the opportunity we have to face our challenges. Together, there’s little we can’t accomplish."
Jackson also serves on several public service advisory boards that focus on community empowerment, health and wellness, affordable housing, homelessness, drug rehabilitation and teen behavior modification.
Dr. Anthony O. Viegbesie, Chairman, Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners, said, "Having Ms. Jackson as the Gadsden County Administrator is definitely an asset. I sincerely believe that her desire to learn and her progressive proclivity will tremendously enhance this county’s growth and prosperity."