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Dee Jackson Sheds Interim Status, Becomes Permanent Gadsden County Administrator

A woman with brown skin, her natural hair pulled back, smiling wide with purple lipstick
Courtesy Gadsden County

Gadsden County’s interim County Administrator Dee Jackson has been signed on to the post full-time. Jackson is the first woman to hold the job in Gadsden’s 200-year history.

A Gadsden County native and graduate of Florida A&M University, Jackson has previously worked as a grant writer for the County. Jackson says she looks forward to providing fiscally responsible leadership and growing Gadsden’s economy.

"I have connections for economic growth, and at this point now that I will have a contract – I can actually start something and complete it," Jackson said. "It was very hard to do that from an interim status, because I may have started something but not been able to complete it."

Jackson, who started as interim administrator in 2017, says this is the first time in six years the county has had a balanced budget without tapping into reserves. She also plans to get the most out of her staff.

"There is a lot of opportunity for employee engagement. That's something that we have really focused on, because I truly believe that when employees are happy about the place that they work - they work harder, and also provide a great customer experience."

Ryan Dailey is a reporter/producer for WFSU/Florida Public Radio. After graduating from Florida State University, Ryan went into print journalism working for the Tallahassee Democrat for five years. At the Democrat, he worked as a copy editor, general assignment and K-12 education reporter.