Jimbo Jackson grew up in the Fort Braden community of western Leon County and currently serves as the Principal of Fort Braden Prek-8 School and was elected in 2016 for Leon County Commissioner for District 2.
Jimbo attended District 2 public schools at Fort Braden, Nims Middle, and Godby High School. In 1989, Jimbo graduated from Tallahassee Community College with an Associate in Arts degree. Jimbo was an early participant in the articulation agreement between TCC and Florida State University and went on to earn bachelor’s degrees in both physical education (1991) and elementary education (1995). In 2003, he earned a graduate degree in educational leadership and administration. In 2006, Jimbo was awarded the Tallahassee Community College Eagle Saver Award for his work at Fort Braden that secured college scholarships for 26 7th and 8th grade students.
In 1992, Mr. Jackson accepted a job at Fort Braden School, where he remains today. In 1994, Jimbo was recognized as the Fort Braden School Teacher of the Year. He has served in nearly every role at the school: as a student, a parent, as a teacher’s aide, a physical education teacher, a classroom instructor, a technology teacher, dean of students and Assistant Principal. Jimbo became principal of Fort Braden in July of 2008.
In 2014, Jimbo won the Tallahassee Democrat’s Person of the Year Award for his work in education. In 2016, he successfully ran for the Leon County Commission District 2 seat in an 8-candidate race! Jimbo’s campaign and commission initiatives focus on providing improved recreational opportunities that focus on the children and families of Southwestern Leon County, maintaining highway, trail, bicycle and sidewalk improvements in the FSU and TCC communities, providing safer neighborhoods and rural highways, and recruiting responsible business growth that provides enhanced job opportunities for Leon County.
He is a member of the Florida Association of Counties and achieved his Certified County Commissioner credentials within his first year as a commissioner, Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and Tiger Bay. He serves as a committee member of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board (TDCB, Chair) and Value Adjustment Board.
On a personal note, Jimbo has volunteered as a youth league coach for over 20 years in a variety of youth sports in District 2 as well as the City of Tallahassee. Jimbo and his late wife Wendy Jackson raised two daughters, Ashley and Allie, in Leon County and Tallahassee. He was raised in a family of small business owners and entrepreneurs in the Florida Panhandle. On December 31, 2016, Jackson married Beth Button. Beth brings two sons, Luke and Drew, to the family. Add Addison Jane, Jimbo’s granddaughter and you have four generations of Jacksons living and serving in Tallahassee and Leon County.