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Fla. firefighter promoted despite poor evaluation

Milton Jenkins had his department-issued weapon stolen twice, once by his own son who used it for a home invasion

By Mike Deeson

TAMPA, Florida — Bad evaluations, continued screws ups on the job, and questionable judgment usually mean a ticket to unemployment. However, instead of getting kicked out the door, Milton Jenkins has been kicked upstairs and given a promotion that is critical to citizen safety.

Tampa Fire Chief Thomas Forward said, "I can tell you with respect to this promotion I have the up most 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.

Full story: Milton Jenkins promoted to fire marshal, despite bad evaluations

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Felipe Hemming Felipe Hemming Wednesday, January 16, 2013 6:38:37 PM Its the Peter Principle, promote to position of failure.
Neal White Neal White Thursday, January 17, 2013 5:45:31 AM Perfect, just perfect!
Jeff Allen Jeff Allen Thursday, January 17, 2013 7:52:22 AM Not worse than a department I know of that had 5 openings for LT, tested 5 guys internally and only 2 passed, but command just shrugged their shoulders and said what the heck, we've got 5 openings and 5 tested, so they promoted all 5. The next guy that tests and doesn't get promoted.....hello attorney. Why do we keep doing this?

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