Joseph York was born on February 17th, 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 raised 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. Joe 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. Boatswain's 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 building 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 whereupon he was appointed the Interim Street Department Director until becoming the full time Street Department Director at the recommendation of both the City Administrator and the unanimous approval of the Board of Mayor and Alderman.
In 2009 upon being an heir to several acres of land on the York family farm, Mr. York contracted with his youngest brother to build a log home, fulfilling a long nurtured dream of owning a cabin in the woods. Building the log home involved a lot of hard work for Mr. York 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 Street 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.