2022 HONORARY PARADE MARSHAL
Dennis M. Jenkerson, St Louis City Fire Chief & Commissioner
Appointed as Chief of the St. Louis Fire Department on November 19, 2007, Dennis M. Jenkerson, a third generation St. Louis firefighter, brings to the post forty impeccable years of operational and tactical firefighting experience, an advanced education and a spirit dedicated to public safety.
Chief Jenkerson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, Summa Cum Laude, in Organizational Leadership and Development from St. Louis University, with minors in psychology and biology.
Experience and his numerous fortes, have landed Chief Jenkerson on a number of committees including the Mayor’s Strategic Planning Committee for Mass Casualty Incidents, Continuing Review for the Washington University School of Medicine Human Studies Board, Standards and Practice review committee member for the Washington University Institutional Biological and Chemical Safety Board, the St. Louis Fire Department Disciplinary Review Board, inter-department research, development and procurement committees, St. Louis Fire Department Safety Committee and special operations committees under the St. Louis Area Regional Response System.
Motivated by a quest for knowledge and a desire to use that knowledge and experience to propel our nation’s fire service into the future, Chief Jenkerson is a staunch supporter of employee development through education and training, and utilization of technology and innovation to continuously improve the department’s level of service and assure that employees perform their work in the safest, most efficient manner.
Fire Chief Dennis M Jenkerson serves on the following community boards as an advising member, The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, St Patrick’s Center, Mathews- Dickey Boys and Girls Club, St Louis University School for Professional Studies, St Louis Fire Department Foundation, Heat-Up & Cool Down St. Louis, St Louis Backstoppers.