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Tampa Fire Chief Thomas Forward said, “I can tell you with respect to this promotion I have the utmost confidence in Milton.”
Jenkins, who has been the subject of other 10 News investigations, was just promoted to the job of protecting citizens from arsonists.
When we reminded Forward that Jenkins was once called incompetent, the chief said, “That’s right, but I didn’t call him incompetent.”
Fire Marshal Milton Jenkins.
Among the reason Jenkins was called incompetent is the fact that his department-issued weapon was stolen from him not once, but twice. The second time it was taken by Jenkins’ son, who used it in a home invasion. Jenkins didn’t properly report it.
In addition, Jenkins, who was also charged with insubordination and not following rules, was also evaluated as: requiring assistance on routine matters; not reliable under unusual circumstance; having disinterest in the job; and reacting negatively to criticism.
When we reminded the chief he said he concurred with the evaluation, he first said, “No! No!” Then, he admitted, “Well, yeah.”
After Jenkins had his gun stolen for a second time in 2010, the chief said it was inexcusable.
Jenkins was acting fire marshal when the department was trying to solve the case of the Ybor city arsonist in 2010. Some say he botched that assignment. At the time, Mayor Pam Iorio pulled Jenkins and the fire department off the lead role in the investigation. When the former mayor put the police department in charge, she apologized to the neighborhood, saying the investigation was not handled with the sense of urgency and coordination that she expected.
Milton Jenkins’ promotion was not finalized until he received a $1,000 city bonus that managers are not eligible for. Meanwhile, Jenkins fought the fire department designation of incompetence and an arbitrator overruled the fire department.
Jenkins also disagreed with the negative evaluations, but those findings stand.
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- Rural Metro under fire in Western New York. Claims it failed to report ambulance crew arsonists & investigation of billing practices. – January 16, 2012
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- Dash-cam video & audio: House fire in Milton, Kentucky. – January 22, 2012
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