Sources: Detroit Fire Commissioner Edsel Jenkins forced to retire

In what some may view as a sudden move, city officials say Monday Detroit Fire Commissioner is retiring after nearly 30 years.

In what some may view as a sudden move, city officials say Monday Detroit Fire Commissioner is retiring after nearly 30 years.

Commissioner Edsel Jenkins says he is retiring to spend time with his family. His last day will be Friday, October 16.

But multiple sources say Jenkins is being forced out due to mismanagement- specifically when it comes to equipment and the safety of firefighters.

Under Jenkins' management, there have been several issues just within the last year.

Back in February many faulted the department's leadership for not protecting this expensive fire boat, left out in the icy Detroit River.

There have also been several firehouse violations most recently.

Fox 2 learned just last week that more than half of the breathing tanks at the Detroit Fire Department haven't been tested since 2008, posing a serious safety risk to those who put their lives on the line daily.

In a statement, Jenkins said:

"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. I look forward to spending more time with my family."

However city officials say Monday that Jenkins made the decision to retire as he's been with the department for nearly 30 years. 

Mayor Mike  Duggan said in a statement: 
 
"I want to thank Commissioner Jenkins for his 29 years of service to the Detroit Fire Department and the citizens of Detroit. I wish him well in his retirement."
 
City officials, along with Jenkins, declined further comment. 

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