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A Detroit fire chief lost a promotion this week when it was discovered he did not have a valid driver's license due to multiple drunk-driving convictions.

Andre Johnson was promoted from battalion chief to senior chief last week, according to ABC 7 News. The position requires Johnson to drive, but he hasn't had a valid driver's license since 2010, due to a long history of DUI offenses. His license was restricted after his first DUI arrest in 2002. Just a year later his license was revoked when he was again pulled over for drunk driving. He successfully appealed to get his license back in 2005, only to lose it again in 2009 when he caused an accident and injured another person while under the influence. Johnson won't have the chance to regain his license until next year.

Detroit Fire Commissioner Jonathan Jackson told ABC 7 the fire department doesn't regularly check the driving records of its employees. Johnson admitted his driving record after the story broke. He must forfeit his promotion and may face further censure pending an investigation.


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      1peoria1
      • 1 Year Ago
      How lazy a society have we become that basic things like making sure out bus drivers/amt-emt/fire/police can drive and we sit back and don't look at their driving records! We are all human folks. It's not as though everyone is some saint behind the wheel!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Isn't there a question on any exams or application, declaring to the fact that you have a valid drivers license? If so, he perjured himself as well. IF SO FIRE HIS ASS
        • 1 Year Ago
        You are 100% correct.
        • 1 Year Ago
        You are 100% correct.
        Paul Castle
        • 1 Year Ago
        I hope you never do something wrong, OH but I am sure you have. Be careful what you wish on others for it may be returned to you two fold.
      luqe110
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can understand the man attempting to hide his drinking past. It is embarrassing nd now it has cost him dearly on the job. I hope he can show everyone that mattes that he is able to overcome his bad habit and move onto a better life.Hell if he was good enough that they promoted him and it was not because of his color thanI hope he can find a way out of this mess..Good luck to you and your loved ones..
        Matthew
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luqe110
        He was promoted because of skin color, not performance
      DJgueroprimero
      • 1 Year Ago
      oh well, I was ready to come in and jump to his defense since I do believe that People change. Whether it's a revelation while drowning and a promise not to beat the dog anymore, pay their taxes and go to church or just a simple "I'm going to try and be a better person". AND, you know maybe that happened, BUT scary when we read of a 22 year old mother that's now being charged with killing 6 people while drunk and driving 100 mph the wrong way. YEP, certainly something to consider so Sorry Sir, good move in stepping down. At leasty you're not like the ******* politicians caught red handed in their dirty deeds who say "oh hell no, I'm above the law" and not about to admit I did anything wrong. Here's hoping that you learned your lesson.
      snhhert
      • 1 Year Ago
      Back in the day the stations in the east always had beer in the fridge. Just what you did. That ended in the 90's hopefully..
      • 1 Year Ago
      porch monkeys
      ILeftchgo4az
      • 1 Year Ago
      SO IF YOUR FREINDS MOM MAKES THAT MUCH MONEY WHY ARENT YOU?
      Josey
      • 1 Year Ago
      OK, so he lost his DL. So what?? He got it back, didn't he. Now, to all you nay-sayers, who among us hasn't done something that would get our DL suspended, or worse, but we simply didn't get caught. To deprive the DFD of this man's leadership capibilities and experience is wrong. He made a mistake and has paid for it. Leave him alone. By the way, just in case, I'm a Southerner and White.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Josey
        He DOES NOT CURRENTLY have a drivers license, which the position requires. Simple.
        BARRY AND KATHY
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Josey
        That would be me. I follow the laws, don't drink and damn sure wouldn't drive if I did. I don't pass on a yellow or speed simply because I don't think the laws apply to me. I also ALWAYS wear my seat belt. There are many like me and your question leads me to think you're one of those who think any law you can get away with violating is a bad law.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Josey
        He hasn't had a DL since 2010, and won't be eligible to apply to get it back until next year.
        tvols97
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Josey
        No!....... Read the article....he got them back and lost them two more times....He does NOT have a driver's license.
      • 1 Year Ago
      A fire chief is held to very high standards in every city. They should have made sure his license was valid before promoting him. But we have to remember this is Detroit, the city that had to file BK. My personal feelings is that he should be fired or at least demoted back to a regular fire fighter. Being a firefighter is like being a police officer, you are really never off duty.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Must have a valid drivers license to get on job and must report if you lose it. Good call on this one.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      retired2009a
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unfortunatley this is typical Detroit. The head of Homicide was just sentenced to prison for corruption also. IOf you blame anyone blame the citizens of Detroit, thay accept and expect things like this.
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