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Jackson Moved Out of State

By Rosalie Rayburn
Journal Staff Writer
    Where in the world is Kevin Jackson?
    The former Rio Rancho mayor's attorney B.J. Crow said he has moved to Pennsylvania.
    But the agency overseeing the investigation into allegations that Jackson misspent public money is keeping mum.
    Crow said Jackson phones him about once a week. Jackson hired Crow earlier this year when he became the subject of investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office.
    The office of the Inspector General for the federal Health and Human Services Department is leading the criminal investigation with help from the FBI, state and local police.
    The investigation stemmed from allegations Jackson misspent city and federal grant funds.
    Jackson was elected as mayor of Rio Rancho in 2006.
    At the time, he was executive director of a nonprofit that promotes healthy marriages.
    The nonprofit primarily receives funding through grants from the federal Health and Humans Services Department.
    The nonprofit's board of directors fired Jackson in May over the allegations.
    Under pressure from city councilors and a group of citizens who wanted to hold a recall election, Jackson quit as Rio Rancho mayor in July.
    After he resigned, Jackson went on extended trip with his family, Crow told the Journal on Thursday.
    Crow said Jackson called him after his vacation and said he had moved to Pennsylvania and enrolled his children in school.
    Jackson did not tell Crow where in Pennsylvania they settled.
    Crow said he will continue to represent Jackson in connection with the investigation. He had no information about how the investigation is progressing.
    "They're not releasing anything to me," Crow said.
    Norm Cairns, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, said there is no public information available about the case.