New Assignments for LAFD Deputy Chiefs

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 |

From the Office of the Fire Chief...


Fire Chief’s Press Release

February 27, 2007

"Effective April 1, 2007, Deputy Chief Emile Mack, Bureau Commander of Training and Risk Management will be permanently reassigned as the Operations Commander for the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). Effective the same date, Deputy Chief Andrew Fox, the Department’s current Operations Commander, will be reassigned as the new head of the Bureau of Training and Risk Management.

Both, Chief Fox and Chief Mack are dedicated, loyal and accomplished officers who faithfully serve the community of Los Angeles and have achieved the rank of Deputy Chief due to their exceptional backgrounds, skills and qualifications for the position.

Their reassignment comes at a time when the Department is moving in a new direction toward growth and opportunity consistent with the goals of the audit action plan established by the Board of Fire Commissioners in response to the City Controller’s audit of the LAFD management practices.

The reassignment of Chiefs Mack and Fox allows the Department to utilize their individual strengths, skills, and abilities in different capacities that will better serve the Department and improve the organizational effectiveness and efficiency in delivering and maintaining the highest level of public safety for the residents of Los Angeles."


Media Contact:
Battalion Chief Kwame Cooper
Community Liaison Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fire Chief Barry says Chief Mack is PERMANENTLY reassigned to his new position.

But he did not say that Fox is PERMANENTLY reassigned to his new position.

It is expected that more change is in order - soon.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Dear Anonymous,

The statement above was posted verbatim from the Office of the Fire Chief, and is not being interpreted by our office.

As mentioned by members of our Command Staff past and present, the only thing certain in our vocation is change.

Such change does indeed take place at all levels of our organization over time, and we remain confident in the decisions rendered by Chief Barry.

Members of the public who would like to offer meaningful input regarding our Department's future are strongly encouraged to make their concerns known to the Fire Commission through correspondence or appearance at one of their regular public meetings.

Uniformed members of our Department will likely find their respective labor organizations such as UFLAC and LACOA as the most appropriate venues in which to professionally voice their concerns.

Likewise, our many dedicated non-sworn employees are encouraged to vocalize their important comments and suggestions to the Fire Commission - or through their collective bargaining entities.

Polite and on-topic comments, regardless of viewpoint, are always welcome on this blog.

The emphasis is on polite.

Those who wish to offer comments or suggestions without our moderation, can instead post their messages here.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

Politely we opine:

We agree with UFLAC president, Steve Tufts, that replacing Andy Fox was necessary for the good of the LAFD and that more changes in leadership are called for.

Anonymous said...

Is Andy Fox the first LAFD Deputy Chief of Operations ever to be demoted?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

anonymous,

Though the Fire Chief has been very clear that his current and pending actions are 'reassignments' rather than promotions or demotions, there are certainly those who see the issue differently.

(NOTE: Those who wish to refer to an LAFD Organization Chart can do so here.)

While it is not our place or purpose to debate the issue, an informal sample of media and public discourse seems to be almost equally divided on the terms they choose to use in describing this change.

What remains immutable is the fact that each of these men retains the esteemed title of Deputy Chief, and will continue to serve in vital albeit different roles than they did prior to April 1.

Specifically, you asked:

Is Andy Fox the first LAFD Deputy Chief of Operations ever to be demoted?

In response to your inquiry (and though I was off-duty), I posed your question via telephone to a handful of retired LAFD members.

Though I could not get a definitive answer at this late hour, they each agreed with me that our friends at the Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society would be a good place to seek an answer to your question.

As mentioned previously, change is not only anticipated in our vocation, but also essential to its growth.

I hope you will join with me in wishing Chief Barry and his Command Staff great success in their many important endeavors.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

The organization chart shows that in his previous assignment, Fox reported directly to the Fire Chief, while the other deputy chiefs reported to Fox.

Regardless of whether it is called a "reassignment" or a demotion:

In his "reassignment," chief Fox, will report to chief Mack. Chief Fox is now lower in the chain of command.

Chief Fox's salary will be
lower.

Chief Fox's responsibility and authority will be lower.

That's why the Los Angeles Times reported that the reassignment was effectively a demotion.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous,

Thanks for sharing your observation.


Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Larry Shulman said...

In answer to the question, has an Commander of Operations ever been reduced in postion, the answer is no. However, there was one time when a deputy chief was reduced in position. Chief Engineer Raymond Hill in the late 1960's reassigned a deputy chief from a BUREAU commander to a DIVISION commander. The chief was allowed to retain his rank as a deputy chief, even though he was placed in a position normally held by an asistant chief. He retired from this position a couple of years thereafter. Although I do recall the name of this deputy chief, I think he is still alive and I won't divulge his name here.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Larry,

Thanks for answering the question.

Please know that your name came to mind the other night at home when I was thinking of persons to formally query by telephone.

I remain hopeful that you and other longtime LAFD stakeholders, as well as our members both active and retired, will take time to offer suggestions directly to Chief Barry, Chief Mack, Chief Fox and all of our many new Officers who are assuming new and/or expanded roles at our agency in the months to come.

At the end of the day, it's not about how we feel we've done, but rather how knowledgeable people such as yourself genuinely know they've been served.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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