Mayor-elect Mike Duggan has announced the appointment of Jonathon Jackson, a 25-year veteran of the Detroit Fire Department, to serve as his new fire commissioner. In an interview with WXYZ-TV, Jackson promised:
- More arson investigators in Detroit;
- More firefighters;
- Better equipment for those firefighters; and
- Better response times for Detroit Fire and EMS.
However, I hasten to add that there has been a parade of experienced professionals over the past several years with the right resumes saying all the right things before becoming Detroit's new fire commissioner. The results that they have collectively produced have, unfortunately, been disappointing.
In the coming months, we will know for certain just how effective Jonathon Jackson is a fire commissioner. Until then, I wish him the best.