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Councilman Comeback, Felony Forgotten

A former Jackson city councilman – who resigned after it was revealed he had previously been convicted of a felony – was re-elected to the City Council Tuesday.

Councilman Johnny Dodd won the forgiveness of the voters, or at least 77 percent of them, who backed him to an easy win over two challengers.

In the ’80s, Dodd was convicted of grand larceny after giving away merchandise from a Service Merchandise where he worked, he told the Jackson Sun.

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Jackson Councilman Masked Felony Record on Job Apps

A former Jackson city councilman – who resigned last week because of a prior felony conviction – has made inconsistent statements regarding his criminal record on job applications and on a petition to have citizenship rights restored.

That’s according to the Jackson Sun, which compared former Councilman Johnny Dodd’s applications to substitute teach in the Jackson-Madison County schools with police records.

The (citizenship) petition says Dodd, 44, has no criminal record other than the grand larceny conviction, but he pleaded guilty in 1999 to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, according to police records.

In a 2005 application to be a substitute teacher, Dodd marked a box acknowledging the misdemeanor in his record, but marked “no” on a question of whether he had a felony record.

In a 2010 application to be a substitute teacher, Dodd marked “no” to questions about whether he had ever been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor.

In both applications he checked “no” to a question about whether he had ever been dismissed from a job for improper conduct. But a court record indicates he was fired by the store from which he was convicted of stealing merchandise.

Dodd served 12 years before resigning last week, after election officials determined he was ineligible to serve because of a grand larceny conviction in the late ’80s, a felony. Dodd stole items from a Service Merchandise where he worked.

Dodd is seeking to run again for City Council in May and seemed frustrated that his past actions continued to dog him.

“What do I have to do to put this behind me?” he asked.

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1986 Felony Comes Back to Haunt City Councilman

A city of Jackson councilman has resigned after more than a decade of service, after officials realized he was ineligible based on a felony conviction 25 years ago, the Jackson Sun is reporting.

City Councilman Johnny Dodd announced his resignation Thursday, saying that the conviction stemmed from a youthful mistake.

From the Jackson Sun:

Dodd was convicted of grand larceny in 1986 when he worked at Service Merchandise and gave away some merchandise from the store, he said in an interview Thursday. He said he thought his record had been expunged and he was told by election officials he was eligible for office when he first ran for council in 1999.

Election officials realized the mistake while researching another candidate’s eligibility.

Dodd said he hopes to have his full citizenship rights reinstated in time to run for City Council in the May election.

More coverage: WBBJ-TV Channel 7.

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Proposal for Jackson-Madison County Library Takeover On Hold

A proposal for the city of Jackson to take over the Jackson-Madison County Library — it’s jointly funded by the city and county now — is on hold for now, with the City Council voting Tuesday to set up a study committee. The library’s financial problems center on four years of missed retirement payments. More here from the Jackson Sun.