Joe YorkContact Joe at 615.791.3254
Joseph York was born on February 17, 1949 in the historic Dan German Hospital in Downtown Franklin on the corner of 4th Avenue South and Church Street. He was raised on the family farm in rural Peytonsville where his family grew grain, tobacco, and ran a small dairy. Upon graduating from Franklin High School in 1966, Joe continued to work on the family farm until joining the Navy in 1968. He entered active duty service in January of 1969 and the following April was assigned to duty on the United States Destroyer USS Sarsfield.
While serving aboard ship, Joe toured several countries in South America and the Middle East. In May of 1972, the USS Sarsfield was deployed to Vietnam to assist in the war effort. Boatswains Mate York received an honorable discharge in December of that year and returned home to Tennessee.
After settling back into civilian life, Joe began working for a Nashville-based asphalt contractor where he worked on, among other things, roads and parking lots. Joe continued working in construction for over twenty years until coming to work for the City of Franklin as the City's first Road Inspector in October of 1994. He served as the City's Road Inspector until 1999 when he was appointed the Interim Street Director. He became the full time Street Director later that year at the recommendation of the City Administrator and the unanimous approval of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
In 2009, Joe began building a log home on the York family farm, fulfilling a long nurtured dream of owning a cabin in the woods. Building the log home involved a lot of hard work for Joe and his adult children, Lindsey and Jason. One of Joe's fondest memories during the building process took place on the last day of staining and sealing the wood. He asked Lindsey if she wished her Dad had built something different, something that involved less hard work and her answer was, "No Dad, what other family can look back and say 'look what we did'?"
Joe is very proud of his cabin and the time he shared with family while building it. He is also proud to be at the helm of the Streets Department and to work with a unique group of talented people. Joe looks forward to continuing to serve the City of Franklin and its citizens.