(HUNTSVILLE, AL) – Huntsville Fire Marshal Joe L. Jordan announced he will retire March 1, after nearly four decades of service to the Huntsville community.
Jordan joined Huntsville Fire and Rescue in 1975 when he began his career as a firefighter under Mayor Joe Davis. He rose through the ranks to become Fire Driver-Engineer and Fire Inspector/Investigator prior his appointment as Fire Marshal in 1995.
Under Jordan’s command, Huntsville Fire and Rescue secured the first fully certified team of Fire Prevention and Fire Investigation officers. The team later earned the designation as one the top rated departments in Alabama.
“Joe led his command through a massive period of growth in Huntsville,” said Fire Chief Howard McFarlen. “Despite a small staff, he always managed to focus on the task and do a great job. You could always count on Joe to make the hard calls and do what was right.”
Known as a tireless champion for greater minority representation during his career, Jordan was widely admired for serving as both mentor and team player.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Huntsville,” said Fire Marshal Jordan. “I am looking forward to spending more time with the family I have been blessed with — my wife, two daughters, son, and four grandchildren.”
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said Jordan served with exceptional integrity.
“We are grateful for his significant contributions to Huntsville Fire and Rescue, and we wish Joe and his wife a happy and healthy retirement.”
-Information provided by the City of Huntsville