BY BUDDY NEVINS
A pastor and former Broward Sheriff’s Office community liaison has dropped out his race for county commission after being charged with stealing from his church.
Allen B. Jackson withdrew from the race shortly after being charged with grand theft from the Living Word Community Church in Lauderhill, where he was the head pastor.
A long-time Democratic activist who has run twice before for the commission, Jackson was one of seven Democrats seeking to replace Josephus Eggelletion in central Broward. Eggelletion is in prison for bribery and money laundering.
In addition to being a pastor, Jackson was a community liaison for former Sheriff Ken Jenne at the sheriff’s department from 1999-2005.
Ironically, Jackson not only worked for the sheriff but has won a number of awards from crime fighting organizations. This info comes from his application to be appointed to the commission seat shortly after Eggelletion’s arrest last year.
Jackson stated on his application that he won the Distinguished Service Award from the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency and an Outstanding Civilian Award from the Pompano Police Department.
He also told the governor’s office on the application that he is the former chair of the Broward County Crime Prevention Council.
Jackson’s references for the appointment were Pastor O’Neal Dozier of Pompano Beach, a controversial conservative; Levi Williams, a former School Board candidate and GOP activist and Circuit Judge Ilona Holmes.
Gov. Charlie Crist appointed Al Jones to fill the post instead of Jackson.
Jackson ran against Eggelletion unsuccessfully for the District 9 seat in 2004 and 2008.
The probable cause affidavit from Lauderhill Police states:
On February 22,2010 Alan Jackson was terminated from his position as head pastor of the Living Word Community Church located at 5770 W. Oakland Park Blvd, Lauderhill Fl. On February 25, 2010 Alan Jackson arrived at the TD Bank located at 7342 W. Oakland Park Blvd and withdrew $13,500 from the church’s account. Alan Jackson committed this act with the intention of temporarily or permanendy depriving the Living Word Community Church of these funds. Upon speaking with Derek Kerr (Church President) it was leaned that Alan Jackson did not have permission at anytime to withdraw any church funds on this date.
Police filed the case on May 11.
Jackson lives in Lauderhill.