Jim Piggot - News4Jax

General Assignment Reporter

Jim Piggott is the reporter to count on when it comes to city government and how it will affect the community.

He keeps his eyes and ears open to all the latest developments in city hall. Jim said what he likes most about his job is finding the story, meeting with people, and trying to help others.

He is well-suited for his city hall assignment. He has lived in Jacksonville for nearly 20 years and worked for WJKS, the former ABC affiliate in the city, before coming to WJXT in 1997. Jim said he reached a professional milestone when he joined the News4Jax team.

"It's what I always wanted to do since I arrived in Jacksonville," he said.

When he's not keeping track of local politics, Jim likes to spend his free time pursuing a number of interests, including renovating his house, reading, watching movies and spinning at the YMCA. His favorite book is "Tales of the City" by Armistead Maupin. The movies that make his top 10 list include "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?" and "The Manchurian Candidate."

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The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday announced the arrest of a police officer, who is facing criminal sex charges in a case out of Michigan.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

The 40-year-old son of City Council president and former Jacksonville Mayor Tommy Hazouri was arrested Wednesday and charged with 25 counts of child pornography.

Jacksonville City Councilman Sam Newby

A Jacksonville City Council member has tested positive for COVID-19.


Recent attention on JEA has centered on the nine companies bidding to buy the utility.


By February, the more than 200 adult arcades - or what used to be called internet cafés - in Jacksonville should be closed.  


With a less dramatic rumble than last summer's double cooling tower implosion, JEA and Florida Power & Light removed another piece of the St. Johns River Power Park off New Berlin Road on Friday.

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As Jacksonville attempts to revitalize its downtown, some people complain they are being forced out of city parks illegally.

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A Northeast Florida police chief is receiving widespread praise across social media in response to a tweet she posted calling for police officers to quit the force if they’re unwilling to put their lives on the line when duty calls.

Corrine Brown To Begin 5-year Prison Sentence Monday

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Corrine Brown is under court order to begin a five-year federal sentence at a women's work camp in Central Florida on Monday.


One week after the board of the JEA raised the possibility of selling the city-owned utility to a private company, the process of privatization is picking up speed.

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A 53-year-old woman whose remains were found last week in a shallow grave at a Neptune Beach home was shot and stabbed multiple times by her grandson, according to prosecutors in Buffalo, New York.


The St. Augustine City Commission will hold a meeting Monday to discuss the future of a Civil War memorial in the Plaza de la Constitución.

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Jaguars president Mark Lamping wrote a letter Oct. 6 to Bill Spann, director of military affairs and the veterans department for the city of Jacksonville, after a meeting Spann had with Lamping, Jaguars owner Shad Khan and Tom Coughlin, the team's executive vice president of football operations.


A sentencing hearing for Steven Murray is scheduled for Oct. 18 in Waynesboro, Ga.


A man and a woman were shot Friday morning after a fight broke out between motorists who pulled off Race Track Road in St. Johns County, and the man, who witnesses identified as the gunman is in custody, deputies told our News4Jax partner.


Fraternal Order of Police President Steve Zona on Sunday called for two Jacksonville City Council members to make a public apology to police or resign.

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The area’s leading business group issued a statement Friday, supporting the City Council president’s call to inventory Confederate statues on public space. 

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Five years after police began ticketing motorists caught on camera running red lights at dozens of Jacksonville intersections, the red-light camera program will end, Sheriff Mike Williams told City Council on Thursday.

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The deficit on the city of Jacksonville's pension fund has been calculated using standards that seem to violate Florida law, which could put the city on the hook for up to $45 million more per year in pension costs, according to Mayor Lenny Curry.

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JEA board members will decide at next Tuesday's meeting whether the community-owned utility's CEO will get a $65,000 bonus.

CEO Paul McElroy’s raise is being discussed at the same time JEA is under EEOC investigation for allegations of racial discrimination by a handful of employees.

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Updated 9/30: Little more than a month before he was set to vie for re-election, state Rep. Reggie Fullwood pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts in a federal indictment.

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A group opposed to Mayor Lenny Curry's plan to use a half-cent sales tax to pay down the city's pension deficit has filed a lawsuit against the amendment.


JACKSONVILLE — The former Jacksonville police officer accused of beating a woman in handcuffs pleaded not guilty Wednesday.


JACKSONVILLE — Police raided three Smoker's Video stores Wednesday as part of a long-term investigation into synthetic drugs.



Mayor Lenny Curry on Thursday ordered the city to stop paying retired Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund Executive Director John Keane a controversial pension created for him and two other pension fund employees.

Updated: JSO Officer Shot; 19-Year-Old In Custody

Mar 9, 2016
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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

An off-duty narcotics detective shot Wednesday morning during a traffic stop on the Westside is out of surgery and expected to survive, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office announced just before noon.


The city has filed a lawsuit asking a judge to terminate a special pension created by the Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund for its former executive director, John Keane.

LAWSUIT: City of Jacksonville vs. Police and Fire Pension Fund

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People can go back to taking all the photographs they want outside of the Duval County Courthouse.

Chief Judge Mark Mahon on Wednesday rescinded a week-old administrative order prohibiting filming and certain forms of demonstrations on courthouse steps, sidewalks and lawns.

In a notice rescinding Administrative Order 2015-4, Mahon wrote that the controversy about limiting free speech and public access to the courthouse overshadowed the intent of the order.


One week out from Election Day in Jacksonville and money continues pouring into the campaigns. They're using the funds to flood the airwaves with increasingly negative commercials.

Political observers say the races both for mayor and sheriff will be close, and the candidates are pushing hard for every vote.

In the mayor's race particularly, both the Alvin Brown and Lenny Curry campaigns are spending a record amount of money for a city race.

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As city leaders wrangle over a new agreement for retired police and firefighters, a judge has ruled the existing 30-year plan was negotiated in violation of Florida's Sunshine Law.

Judge Thomas Beverly signed the order Tuesday voiding the current 30-year agreement approved by City Council in 2001.