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Gadsden County administrator terminated from position

Posted: 12:25 PM, May 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-15 16:48:53Z
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GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Gadsden County's first female county administrator has been terminated from her position without cause.

A spokesperson confirmed that Dee Jackson was terminated from her position as county administrator Tuesday night.

The Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners held a hearing Tuesday night where they voted 3-2 to terminate Jackson’s contract "without cause." She has been placed on administrative leave effective immediately.

The board then voted 3-2 to hire Arthur Lawson Sr. as the interim county administrator. He retired from the county about four years ago and previously served as the assistant county administrator.

Jackson, a Florida A&M University alumna, was appointed by the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners through a unanimous vote in December 2018 . Jackson was first woman in the county's 200-year history to hold the position.

She served as the interim county administrator in 2017 and, prior to that, served as the grant writer for the board of commissioners.