WAFB's Donovan Jackson hired as public information officer for Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office

Michael Tortorich
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre bids farewell to former public information officer Allison B. Hudson, who moves on to a new position in Houston, and welcomes former WAFB reporter Donovan Jackson.

WAFB-TV's general assignment reporter Donovan Jackson will be the new public information officer for the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.

He will take the place of Allison B. Hudson, who served as PIO for a decade under both former Sheriff Jeff Wiley and current Sheriff Bobby Webre.

Hudson, who was the former editor of the Donaldsonville Chief and a contributor to the sister newspaper the Gonzales Weekly Citizen, moves on to a position as emergency manager and PIO for the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management.

According to his WAFB bio page, Jackson has a degree in mass communication with a concentration in broadcast and journalism from Southern University in Baton Rouge.

On the morning of Sept. 24, Jackson bid an emotional farewell to his coworkers and viewing audience.

"Ascension Parish, I'm excited and ready to serve you guys," he said prior to signing off one last time. 

During Channel 9's morning news show, the crew took a look back on Jackson's career at the Baton Rouge station.

Donovan Jackson is shown at the WAFB-TV Channel 9 news desk in Baton Rouge.

The sheriff shared photos of both through his office's Facebook page, congratulating both on their new journeys.

Webre said Hudson was a vital part of the team, helping build relationships with citizens through media and other platforms. She also worked closely with Crime Stoppers and Crime Victims Assistance.

She was the first PIO for the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office and truly set the blueprint for how it’s done.  Allison is now the Emergency Manager in the Public Information section for the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management.

In the post, the sheriff stated Jackson started his first day Sept. 27.

"You may know him as ‘Action’ Jackson, a name he received for his passion to help people find resolutions for day-to-day problems," the post concluded. "He is already fitting in like family, and we are looking forward to what he brings here to the sheriff’s office."