May 17, 2016
It’s been rumored repeatedly for over a month that Angie Steele will appoint Ken Jackson as her assistant Magistrate if she wins the election next week. This is after she stated at the candidate forum that Ken “was not in the office a lot.”
A lot, meaning, hardly ever. Between working as juvenile defense attorney in the mornings in the judicial circuit and playing ball in the afternoons after lunch, it was hard for him to be in the office. However, every week Ken Jackson swore that he worked 40 hours and a notary in Dan Jordan’s office was required to sign the affidavit so Ken could get a nice check from the taxpayers.
After Ken Jackson abandoned the office of Chief Magistrate to become a teacher and coach two years ago, citizens were not allowed to vote for a new Magistrate at that time. Ken became “part time Chief Magistrate.”
There is controversy over conflicts of interest between the Sheriff’s Department with Angie’s husband, Mike Steele, being the supervisor over the deputies. Ms. Steele has defended herself stating that the JQC (Judicial Qualifications Commission) has reviewed the circumstances and has found “absolutely no conflict of interest.” However JQC Opinion #235 (September 2006) discusses conflicts with a judge and the witnesses (deputies) who are supervised by the judge’s spouse.
Citizens have the right to know if there is a conflict of not. If Ms. Steele has anything in writing from JQC, she should share it and TWG will be glad to post it, clearing up the “conflict” matter. We also have the right to know if Angie Steele plans to appoint Ken Jackson as an associate Magistrate Judge.
What say ye, Angie Steele? Please give us a heads up before the election on May 24th.
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