LAFD Story Continues – Chief Bamattre Resigns

In the wake of the $2.7 Million discrimination settlement that was overturned this week, the Chief of the department has officially resigned. He’ll be staying on the job until the end of the year at which point he’ll be replaced by someone who will help change some aspects of what goes on inside the department. Mayor Villaraigosa said “whether that chief is white, black, a woman, gay, lesbian — whatever it is, we want a change agent, someone who will not tolerate discrimination.” Assistant Chief Doug Berry of the Fire Prevention Bureau and veteran Battalion Chief Millage Peaks were both mentioned by the LA Times as possible replacements to Bamattre.

UPDATE: Official announcement letter is after the jump, via the LAFD Blog.

December 1, 2006

Special Notice

This morning I submitted a letter to Mayor Villaraigosa informing him of my retirement. I will be stepping down as your Fire Chief on January 1, 2007. As firefighters we pledged, through a formal oath, to “faithfully serve” the City of Los Angeles in the discharge of our duties to the best of our knowledge and ability. I am very proud of our dedicated and courageous Los Angeles Firefighters. I am also very proud of the extraordinary commitment and efforts of our civilian employees. I want to express my heart felt appreciation and gratitude to each of you for your outstanding service to the visitors and residents of the City of Los Angeles.

Today, I ask you – as I asked you in November 1995 – for your support for the future of our Department. Throughout its history, the members of this Department have prevailed despite many challenges. Reaffirming our collective unity in commitment and purpose, the LAFD can transform adversity into opportunity.

It has been my privilege and honor to serve as your Fire Chief, working together with each of you to address the Public Safety needs of Los Angeles.

I pray that God will keep you and your loved ones safe.

WILLIAM R. BAMATTRE
Fire Chief
Los Angeles Fire Department

5 Replies to “LAFD Story Continues – Chief Bamattre Resigns”

  1. Thank you for your interest in this story, and for your kind votes of confidence. ;)

    Chief Bamattre’s comments to the community can now be found here.

    The next Los Angeles Fire Chief will be selected by the Mayor, likely in the weeks to come. It is purely the Mayor’s decision as to who will take the helm of our agency.

    Among my hopes is that along with the macro issues of broad social concern will be the new Chief’s willingness to maintain my current position, as well as to embrace the open and timely exchange of ideas and opinions made possible through blogging.

    Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

  2. Brian, I don’t want to pat the residents of blogistan on the back too much, but I’m fairly certain that there would be a very loud voice of disapproval from all of us if the new Chief decided that your services were not valuable.

  3. I concur. Brian better stick around until he retires! I mean, I for one can’t wait until he posts the “countdown ’til moving day” posts and then blogs about his new digs in the new “station” that’s no longer in the 4th Floor basement of City Hall East, but up where the regular folk roam!

    Sad to see the Chief go this way, though.

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