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Smith County constable may lose license

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Smith County Precinct One constable, Henry Jackson will have yet another day in court. The executive director of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education has told us they have scheduled a hearing for September 23rd. Constable Jackson will then get to make his case to keep his license before the state Office of Administrative Hearings.

Earlier this year, TCLEOSE announced they wanted to revoke Jackson's peace officer license. But we discovered, even if that does happen, one key issue still has to be resolved.

"Would you look at that? Something else happening to Constable Jackson," 'Christy' posted that comment to our web site following Thursday's story surrounding the licensing of one of Jackson's deputies. Meanwhile, Jackson's own license is still in jeopardy.

This time last year, Jackson was in and out of court. He was arrested last May and later indicted on seven felony counts of tampering with government documents and three counts of official oppression. Attorney's worked to reduce those charges. In August, Constable Jackson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor tampering charge and one assault charge. He served six months probation. After nearly 20 years in law enforcement, he could lose his license...permanently. TCLEOSE representative, Laura Le Blanc spoke to us by phone from Austin.

"When you seek revocation, does revocation happen, in just, incidents past," I asked Le Blanc.

"Yes sir," she replied. "It's based upon our commission rules and the board of commissioners are the ones who approve our rules - unless there's some strong mitigating factors relating to the case that would have a great impact on their decision."

If Jackson loses his license, but he would still be constable. John Trube is a Tyler attorney.

"If the investigation is about these items and is based on these things, then that's not basis for political removal," said Trube.

Trube ran unopposed and was re-elected to his Precinct One position last year.

"If the public wants to remove someone from office, at some point that's going to," said Trube. "If the public doesn't mind, doesn't care, then obviously those people in that district are satisfied with whatever is going on."

We spoke with Constable Jackson on the phone. He told us he spoke with his attorney this morning. He had no comment because the matter is still pending.

A judge could recommend a lighter punishment at the September hearing, but TCLEOSE's nine member board of commissioners still has the final say. If Constable Jackson does lose his license, TCLEOSE would notify the state attorney general's office, and a district court would have to remove him from office. Without a license, TCLEOSE says Jackson could not wear a uniform carry a gun, or serve as a peace officer.

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