Theodore Jackson is an accomplished senior executive with extensive experience as a field manager and a broad range of experience at FBI Headquarters in national program areas, policy, budget, and management. In 1996, Mr. Jackson was selected by the President of the United States to be awarded the rank of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service of the FBI.

Mr. Jackson began his career with the FBI in 1971 and served in various investigative assignments in Memphis, Tennessee, and Cleveland, Ohio. In 1980, Mr. Jackson was promoted to FBI Headquarters, Washington, D.C., where as a Supervisory Special Agent, he coordinated the FBI's National Public Corruption, Election Laws, Labor Matters, Antitrust and Civil Matters Programs throughout the United States.

In 1984, he was promoted to the Inspection Division as an Inspector's Aide. In 1985, Mr. Jackson was promoted to the position of Supervisory Senior Resident Agent in Charge of the Hackensack, New Jersey Office and Resident Agency of the Newark Division. In 1988, Mr. Jackson was promoted to the position of Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Office in Mobile, Alabama. In 1992, he was promoted to the prestigious rank of Inspector with the responsibility of supervising internal reviews and audits of FBI operations and budgets as well as conducting sensitive administrative investigations. In 1994, Mr. Jackson was promoted to the position of Special Agent in Charge of the Cincinnati, Ohio Office. In May 1998, Mr. Jackson assumed the position of Deputy Assistant Director of the Corruption/Civil Rights and Financial Crimes Branch of the Criminal Investigative Division. On November 23, 1998, Mr. Jackson was designated Principal Deputy Assistant Director of the Criminal Investigative Division. On August 17, 1999, Mr. Jackson assumed his duties as the Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta, Georgia Office. He retired from the FBI on November 28, 2003.

The Chief Judge of Fulton County Superior Court appointed Mr. Jackson on July 26, 2004 as Interim Sheriff of Fulton County, State of Georgia. Mr. Jackson remained in this position until December 31, 2004 when the newly elected Sheriff was sworn in. Four years later, Mr. Jackson was elected to serve as Sheriff of Fulton County. On January 1, 2009, Sheriff Jackson became the 27th person to hold that position in Fulton County. He was then reelected sheriff in 2012 and again in 2016.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Sheriff 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, and has received extensive training in crisis management exercises. The training provided exceptional preparation for him as a site commander at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Additionally, Sheriff Jackson is an FBI-trained Hostage Negotiator, General Police Instructor, and Sex Crimes Instructor.

Sheriff Jackson served as a commission member of the Ohio Police Training Academy, having been appointed by the Governor of the State of Ohio, policy committee member of the Federal Executive Board, President of the Cincinnati Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Aiken Senior High School Career Paths, a member of Hamilton County Chiefs Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police Association, the American Legion Post 56, Metropol an organization representing Federal, State, local law enforcement and corporate security representatives, Georgia Chiefs of Police Association, Georgia Chapter of NOBLE and the FEI Alumni Association, among numerous other positions. Sheriff Jackson served as an executive board member of Metropol, which consists of law enforcement and corporate executives and currently serves on the executive board of directors of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Agency (HIDTA), which is an organization comprised of federal, state, and local agencies addressing drug problems and he is also an active member of the executive board of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force which is a partnership formed among federal, state, and local law enforcement professionals to track down any, and all terrorism leads, develop and investigate cases, while providing support for special events and proactively identifying threats that may impact the metro Atlanta area and the nation.

As Sheriff, priority attention is 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 sheriff's Mission of maintaining the Fulton County Jail; providing services that are needed and directed by the court system; providing support and educational services to the community as a method of preventing and reducing crime and enforcing State and Federal laws.

Sheriff Jackson has been married for 45 years to his wife, Renee, and they have two adult daughters.