Since the age of sixteen, has been a member of the public safety community of which he has been involved for the past
thirteen years. Jackson attended James Madison University and earned a degree in Health Science with a concentration in Public
Health. During his time at JMU, Jackson was an active member of both the volunteer fire department and volunteer rescue squad.
The leadership experience he gained during these years helped provide a solid foundation for future leadership experiences.
During Jackson's last year at James Madison University, Jackson was influenced by Dr. Mark Warner to pursue more knowledge
in reference to leadership and related skills. Dr. Warner left a lasting impression on Jackson, "you make a difference."
From May of 2000 to July of 2007, Jackson was employed by Corolla Fire and Rescue. During the summer, this was a full
time position, as for the off season, it transitioned into a part-time job. During his tenure with Corolla Fire and Rescue,
Jackson had many positive experiences that assisted him in growing both personally and professionally. The opportunity to
work in a combination department of both paid and volunteer personnel was a valuable experience in learning what motivates
individuals, meeting training needs of a diverse work force, and working with limited resources. The Fire Chief inspired
Jackson in establishing some of his core values of trusting in employees and holding everyone accountable especially one's self.
In November of 2003, Jackson began his career with Henrico Division of Fire. Since becoming part of Henrico Fire, Jackson
has learned multiple things from exceptional supervisors. In coordination with his supervising battalion chief they pilot
tested a rookie orientation program. Currently Jackson is working on a project to develop a mentoring program in Henrico
Division of Fire. In late 2006, a great team of fire fighters came together to form the first Virginia Fire Officer
Academy command staff. Since the formation, Jackson has been a part of the command staff that has so far orchestrated
two great academies and is currently working on the 2009 academy. To better prepare for the future, Jackson has evaluated
several graduate programs before deciding to attend the University of Richmond where he earned his Masters in Human Resource Management.