Florida Association of Code Enforcement Past President, Jim Dehne, was recently recognized by the City of Lakeland. We are excited to share this with our membership and to congratulate Jim on this achievement. Jim served on the F.A.C.E. Board of Directors from 2009 - 2014 and was F.A.C.E. President during the 2012-2013 year. Thank you Jim Dehne for your service to our Country, to the Code Enforcement profession and to F.A.C.E.!
Access Lakeland October 2018 Employee Spotlight: Meet Jim Dehne, Code Enforcement Supervisor for the City of Lakeland, FL - Government.
After almost 18 years of employment with the City, Dehne says he still loves everything about his job. That is saying a lot, since his line of work is not always easy.
When Dehne started with the City, he was a Code Enforcement Officer, citing residential and commercial locations for code violations. For 11 years, he has been supervising that Department and while he is NOT issuing citations anymore, he is still very much hands-on. A visit by a Code Enforcement Officer indicates there is some type of problem that needs a resolution. This is typically not an enjoyable situation and Dehne occasionally has to step in to help remedy the issues. He is also the one that approves all the demolition of structures that are not brought to code in a specific time frame. He administers the red-light camera program also; his Department accepts citation payments and issues extensions. More than half the violations his officers inspect are submitted by citizens; the rest are found while the officers are in the field throughout the course of their day. Violations can range from derelict vehicles, housing violations that do not meet minimum housing standards, overgrown grass, commercial signage that does not adhere to standards and environmental concerns like raw sewage leaks. The issues are not always pleasant, but the goal for Dehne and his team is to make Lakeland an enjoyable place to work, live and play.
Community Improvement Manager Brian Rewis says of Dehne, “Jim is an invaluable member of the City’s Community & Economic Development team. His job is an extremely thankless job. He is a professional who acts in the community’s best interest and is committed to improving quality of life for all who call Lakeland home.”
Dehne was born in Chicago, Illinois, where he graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School. After graduation, Dehne joined the military and was enlisted for 21 years. Throughout his service, Dehne traveled the world twice; the two years he spent in Guam were some of the most memorable. Initially, Dehne serviced safety systems which included ejection seats, air conditioning and pressurization systems on a variety of Naval aircraft.
While training recruits at the Recruit Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois he met his wife Jill. In order to be stationed together, he attended the Joint Forces Law Enforcement Academy in San Antonio, Texas and moved to Guam. The last four years of his military career was spent as the Military Chief of Police at NAS Key West, Florida.
The best part of being in the military is that he met Jill, who he has been married to for 25 years. They both retired from the military after 21 years. The Dehnes have four children and seven grandchildren. While all the kids are out of the house, it is certainly not an empty nest. They share their home with a 17 year old cat, Minnie Moe and seven dogs, one Borzoi and six French bulldogs. Jill has participated in showing dogs for over 10 years all over the country.
For fun, Dehne loves to go fishing, listen to live music, specifically Southern Rock, and watch football. Go Gators! His favorite food is sausage pizza and he enjoys eating at Il Forno Italian Restaurant and 716 Burgers & Brew, both in Lakeland.
Jim Dehne, thank you for your service to our Country and for your dedication to the City of Lakeland!