Long-time budget committee member and board member John Jackson has officially resigned from his positions on Crook County Fire and Rescue. Jackson started his tenure on the CCFR Budget Committee in 1999 when the CCFR District went rural by voter approval. The district was formed in 1997 by the Crook County Court, and currently covers approximately 450 square miles.
Jackson officially becomes a Deschutes County resident this week, after recently selling his current residence in Prineville. He first moved to Prineville in the spring of 1974, where he worked for the Oregon Department of Forestry as a seasonal forest officer. He temporarily moved to the valley for a couple of years, and came back to Prineville permanently in 1976, taking the position of a permanent forest officer for the Department of Forestry. Jackson eventually worked in the capacity of a forest practices forester for the Department of Forestry from 1986 until 1996, when he was promoted to the Unit Forester position for the Prineville and Sisters Unit. He retired in 2005.
Throughout his career, Jackson worked in a variety of incident management team positions. He worked his way up to Incident Commander for the Central Oregon Inter-agency Management Team for the five years prior to his retirement in 2005. He referred to this part of his career as a parallel to his day job. When he retired from the Oregon Department of Forestry, he also joined the CCFR Board of Directors. The Budget Committee for CCFR is made up of five board members and five representatives of the Community at large. He served both committees until his recent resignation.
Jackson has also dedicated much of his time to Crook County Fire Ready, a grant program supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The program provides fire safety information to Crook and Deschutes County residents, and supports the establishment of defensible space around their homes. He will continue with this work, and will also continue with his work as a wildfire consultant in his current consulting business.
He looks forward to spending time with his wife, his children, and grandchildren who live in Bend. He will also pursue his passion for sailing, of which Jackson said he can never spend too much time. Jackson developed his love for sailing from his active duty in the United States Navy, where he served his country just prior to his forestry career.
The Fire Board will appoint someone to fill Jackson’s position. The appointment will last until a public election can be held in May. The Fire Board will be accepting applications until November 8, 2013. The application can be picked up at the Fire Station in Prineville, 500 N.E. Belknap.