The board made the decision late Monday night during a special meeting that included interviews with Jackson and three other candidates: Gerald Bruner, Erin Blair and Julie Sweeney, all of Watertown, and all of whom brought unique perspectives to the table.
The board seemed genuinely impressed with all four candidates, but ultimately chose Jackson in large part because of his Mayer residency and his professional background in communications and marketing, both things the board indicated it was seeking.
Jackson, an Apple Valley native, is a St. Cloud State University graduate and father of two: a son in kindergarten and a 4-year-old daughter. He has lived in Mayer since 2004 with his wife, where he is a member of the volunteer fire department.
The vacancy on the school board became open when Salonek resigned in March to be able to spend more time with her recently adopted 3-year-old son.
Look for more on the selection in next week’s paper.