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By Brian Ackley
City of Lake Wales 

Profile: Fire Chief Joe Jenkins, 2020 Chamber Public Servant of the Year


Last updated 1/27/2021 at 6:15pm

Lake Wales Fire Department

Joe Jenkins took over as Fire Chief in 2014

City residents can thank a local restaurant for helping the Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce find its 2020 Public Servant of the Year.

Lake Wales Fire Chief Joe Jenkins – born and raised in the city and now celebrating 30 years with the department – was honored with the award in late December, for not only his service as chief, but as the city's Emergency Operations Director during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Jenkins said he didn't really know what he wanted to do when he graduated from Lake Wales High School in 1988. At least not until one day he was in the mood for a hamburger.


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