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Jackson back in action
Jackson pic
Turlock Police Chief Robert Jackson attends a City Council meeting Tuesday night, after returning to work from an extended medical leave. - photo by SABRA STAFFORD / The Journal

For the first time in nearly three months, Turlock Police Chief Robert Jackson pulled his uniform out of the closet and dressed for the day’s work.

On July 1, Jackson made a joyful return to the helm of the department after an extended medical leave. Jackson reported he is in good condition.

“It felt great to be back at work,” Jackson said. “Getting back to work was a big goal for me. Even though I had kept in touch, it was nothing like getting back in there again.”

Though not striding through the halls of the police department, Jackson’s leadership presence was never truly absent from the force he has been commanding since February 2012.

“It was stressful to not be there, especially as they dealt with budget cuts,” Jackson said. “But the leadership didn’t skip a beat.”

During Jackson’s absence Capt. Steve Williams served as the interim chief.

“Steve did a great job,” Jackson said. “I am so proud of him and all my staff.”

Jackson said he was equally grateful for the support he received from the community.

“First and foremost the thoughts and prayers and the cards and contacts meant so much to me,” Jackson said. “Not only did I have the support of my family, but also my family at the department and the city.”

Now that he is back at work, Jackson is anxious to delve back into the day-to-day routine.

“I’m looking forward to reconnecting with people out in the community and spending some face-to-face time with the people in the department.”