Sheriff Theodore Jackson

Sheriff Theodore Jackson

Sheriff Theodore Jackson

Theodore Jackson, Sheriff of Fulton County (Georgia), is an accomplished senior executive with extensive experience as a field manager and a broad range of knowledge and experience in national program areas, policy, budget and management.  

Beginning in 1971 and having advanced through various assignments and appointments ranging from Supervisory Special Agent to Inspector to Principal Deputy Assistant Director of Criminal Investigations with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Mr. Jackson assumed his duties as the FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta, Georgia Office in August, 1999.  


Following the September 11, 2001 attack on the U.S., Mr. Jackson personally oversaw the FBI Hotline assigned to Atlanta and was fully involved in Homeland Security protocols and establishment of Georgia’s efforts to deal with weapons of mass destruction, as well as the establishment of an FBI office at the Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport. 


After an illustrious 33-year career, Mr. Jackson retired from the FBI. on November 28, 2003.  On July 26, 2004, Mr. Jackson was appointed as Interim Sheriff of Fulton County, Georgia by the Chief Judge of the Fulton County Superior Court.  Mr. Jackson remained in this position until December 31, 2004 when a newly elected Sheriff was sworn in.

In November 2008, Mr. Jackson was elected by the voters to the Office of Sheriff, Fulton County, Georgia.  As Sheriff, Mr. Jackson’s efforts are focused on continued compliance with the Federal Consent Decree ordered by the courts.  The Consent Decree was lifted after the compliance issues were corrected officially on May 7, 2015.  Priority attention is also given to the elevation of integrity levels demonstrated by, and expected of, the members of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, earning public trust and developing a law enforcement agency of competent and professional individuals to address the Office of Sheriff’s Mission of maintaining the Fulton County Jail; providing services that are needed and directed by the Court Systems; providing support and educational services to the community as a method of preventing and reducing crime and enforcing Federal and State laws.  Highlights of Sheriff Jackson’s administration has been the establishment of initiatives with emphasis on youth development through the Helping Youth Prosper and Evolve (H.Y.P.E.) and Youth Intervention Program (Y.I.P.), as well as the formation of bi-monthly ‘Chief’s meetings  which convenes with 14 local law enforcement agency directors, the District Attorney and state and federal law enforcement agency leaders.  Sheriff Jackson was re-elected in November, 2012 and again in November, 2016.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Mr. Jackson earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from Morgan State University in Baltimore.  He is a Vietnam War veteran, having served in the U.S. Army.  He attended graduate school at the University of Southern California, Washington Public Affairs Branch, earning a certificate in Public Administration.  He is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. 

Organization memberships include Metropol, Georgia Association Chiefs of Police Association, N.O.B.L.E.- Georgia Chapter, FBI Alumni Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (Life Member)., Major City and Georgia Sheriff’s Associations, Joint Terrorism Task Force and National Executive Institute.
Mr. Jackson is married to the former Renee Y. Mayo, and they have two adult daughters.