The FBI has targeted another elected official from the Mid-South. This time, the man with the bulls-eye on his back is Otis Jackson, who is in charge of the General Sessions Court Clerk's office. Now the clerk is telling the FBI to "take your best shot."
Otis Jackson said he wasn't happy about learning of the federal investigation from a newspaper reporter. Now, he has plans of hiring his own attorney to address the FBI investigation, stating the Shelby County Attorney dropped the ball on informing him of the serious federal inquiry.
In a letter addressed to the county attorney, Special Agent in charge My Harrison said the FBI is currently involved in an official investigation.
"I have nothing to hide," said Jackson. "Anything they ask, anything they want, I'll be willing to give it to them."
Harrison made special requests for records maintained by the General Sessions Court Clerk's office, and mentions Otis Jackson specifically.
"It was political," Jackson stated. "I knew someone from the political arena pushed the button on somebody to make it happen, but I'm not worried about it because they not going to find anything. I haven't done anything wrong."
Jackson denies any wrongdoing, firmly believing the accusations and investigation are all timed inappropriately to taint his image just in time for his chance at the Shelby County Mayor's seat.
"They're trying to question my character, trying to smash it really, but I think the citizens of Shelby County can read through it."
The letter was sent just days after the Shelby County Commission Audit Committee met two weeks ago to discuss accounting issues that drew the attention of auditors. After hours of discussion Wednesday, it seems the accounting software, installed back in 2002, long before Jackson took office, overstated balances in some accounts.
"I find it reprehensible," said County Commissioner John Pellicciotti. "I think we have an obligation to keep track of the taxpayers' dollars."
County Commissioner Sidney Chism said Jackson is being unfairly targeted.
"You've got the government looking at him wanting to lock him up because of some crazy, political mess," said Chism.