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Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown (left) presents Jack Simpson with a certificate honoring his 20 years of service with the Sheriff's Office. 

Jack Simpson was recognized for 20 years of committed and dedicated service in Newton County at the Annual Awards Ceremony program on Dec. 11, 2019.

Simpson has served in the law enforcement profession in excess of 50 years. He served as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for 20 years, the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office for 10 years, and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office for 20 years.

Simpson has received numerous achievements and commendations throughout his many years of service to the law enforcement profession, both locally and nationally. On Aug. 5, 2015, U.S. Fourth District Congressman Hank Johnson presented him with a special Congressional award for his extensive service to the law enforcement profession and for being the oldest certified peace officer in the nation.

Simpson is a former educator, author and veteran law enforcement professional. From a historical perspective, he was employed with the FBI during the Civil Rights era. Some of his notable assigned cases include the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the church bombings in Alabama, and the murder of Lemuel Penn, a 48-year-old African-American lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, by James Lackey at the Broad River Bridge in Elbert County. Simpson was successful in attaining a confession from Lackey.

Simpson remains employed as a deputy with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.

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Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.

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