MY PALM BEACH POST – Glenn Joseph started his career with Boca Raton Fire Rescue in 1987 as the first black firefighter in the organization. Over the years, he’s climbed the ranks — his latest position being deputy fire chief.
Joseph will begin as Boynton’s fire chief May 2. He will be paid $135,000 per year, said City Spokeswoman Eleanor Krusell.
“I’m looking forward to becoming part of the organization, a part of the family,” Joseph told The Palm Beach Post. “I’m excited to be here. I think it’s a great place to start a different aspect of my career.”
Joseph, 52, was born in St. Lucia and came to Belle Glade at age 13. Before working in Boca, he worked for JFK Ambulance, a subsidiary of JFK Hospital and then for a short time Lantana Fire Rescue. He was an adjunct instructor at South Technical Education Center in Boynton from 1988 to 1996. He lives in Delray Beach.
everal people told Joseph about the Boynton position, including Carter. Carter, who retired in January, encouraged him to apply for the job, and the two talked about the environment of the department.