SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - On the day he is to be released from federal custody, a suspended Smith County constable will be losing more than the time he spent in prison.
The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement plans to notify Precinct 1 Constable Henry Jackson that they are suspending his peace officer licenses, said Executive Director Kim Vickers on Wednesday. Jackson will be formally notified within the next week, he added.
"If a licensee breaks the public trust and breaks the law it is incumbent on us at that point to try to protect the citizens by taking whatever legal action is at our disposal," Vickers said.
Jackson has 20 days after he is notified in which to file an appeal.
TCOLE records show Jackson holds a reserve officer license as well as a peace officer license. Both were placed on an enforcement hold in May of last year after pleading guilty in federal court to four counts of willful failure to file federal income tax returns.
Jackson was sentenced to 6 months in federal prison, most of which he spent at a Seagoville facility. Prison records show Jackson was released to a halfway house shortly before the end of his prison sentence.
"We held off on starting that process with the constable because our whole system is built on due process, he could not get that due process while he was incarcerated," Vickers said.
As for his elected position, Jackson remains suspended until a hearing can be held on a petition for removal filed in December. Jackson served as constable for the county's downtown Tyler precinct since 1999. Bobby Garmon has served as interim since Jackson's suspension from office in December.
KLTV has reached out to Jackson for comment.