Firefighting, Leadership

Detroit Fire Commissioner Retires Due to Health Issues

Detroit Fire Commissioner Jonathan Jackson is retiring from his position due to health issues, reports Click On Detroit.

Jackson made the announcement Tuesday citing his struggle with a neurological health problem. The problem is described as a life-threatening issue with his brain. He will retire April 7, 2014.

Jackson was appointed interim Fire Commissioner by Mayor Mike Duggan after former commissioner Donald Austin resigned at the end of 2013.

“I truly appreciate the opportunity that Mayor Duggan gave me to lead the department I served my entire career,” Jackson said. “Unfortunately, I have been dealing with some very serious health challenges that have only gotten worse over the past several weeks. After talking it over with my family, we felt it was best for me to step aside at this time and focus on my health.”

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