Nathan Deal accepts Joe Jackson's resignation from Augusta Commission




Gov. Nathan Deal accepted the resignation of Joe Jackson on Friday, clearing the way for the Augusta Commission to fill the vacated District 6 seat Monday, when it’s scheduled to set the millage.

“I wish you all the best,” Deal said to Jack­son in his acceptance letter, issued a little before 1 p.m.

“Thank you for your service to Richmond County and the State of Georgia.”

Deal copied Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver, Mayor Pro Tem Corey Johnson and Richmond County Probate Judge Harry James III in approving Jackson’s resignation letter, which is required of all resigning public officials under Georgia law.

Johnson said Thursday that the commission will “more than likely” nominate Ben Hasan, who was elected in a July runoff as Jackson’s successor, to fill the position early, no later than the first commission meeting in September.

He requested the issue be addressed Monday after the commission meets at 11:30 a.m. to adopt and approve the millage.

Jackson, who was elected in 2007, resigned Wednesday for “family and personal” reasons, according to a letter to Deal.

Commission members have said that for several weeks they heard Jackson, 43, was considering an early departure to care for his daughter and two sons after his wife of 20 years, Mary Bea Jackson, died April 27 from complications related to breast cancer.

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Governor Deal's letter accepting the resignation of Joe Jackson (.pdf)


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