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Detroit Executive Fire Commissioner Jenkins to retire

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Detroit Executive Fire Commissioner Edsel Jenkins will retire at the end of the week, Mayor Mike Duggan said Monday.

Jenkins has been with the city’s fire department for 29 years.

“I started in this department as a firefighter at the age of 19 and am grateful that I had the privilege of serving as its Executive Commissioner,” Jenkins said in a statement. “I look forward to spending more time with my family.”

Mayor Duggan thanked Jenkins for his decades of service.

“The program he started to train Detroit high school students as firefighters and EMTs will benefit the department for years to come,” Duggan said in a statement. “I wish him well in his retirement.”

Jenkins will retire, effective Friday. The mayor said he plans to announce an interim Fire Commissioner this week.

cramirez@detroitnews.com

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