New LAFD Chief Brian Cummings** Blogger's notes: As Mayor Antonio Villar sits with First Lady Michelle Obama at this moment while President Barack "H" Obama shills for more public intervention in the job market, some with an intimate knowledge of the Los Angeles Fire Department's internal culture send us this on the hiring of new chief Brian Cummings---Scott Johnson
In a stunning appointment, Mayor Villaraigosa is set to announce the appointment of Assistant Chief Brian Cummings as the next Fire Chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Stunning why? Cummings does not have a college degree, had never worked in the upper echelon of the LAFD prior to a year ago, and wasn’t even well known within the Department much less the fire service prior to being selected as Millage Peaks' Chief of Staff. Cummings has been Interim Fire Chief since July and his major accomplishment since being appointed caretaker is tweeting his coffee and dinner plans and retweeting alerts and articles that should have been vetted.
The Mayor’s appointment is considered a slap in the face to rank and file firefighters. Cummings was the primary architect that stripped 318 firefighters from firehouses around the city. Perhaps the Mayor is appointing him as Chief Political Water Carrier into the stench of his lame duck administration is appropriately tossed. The handicappers had felt Patrick Butler - a Spanish speaking Mexican/Irish Assistant Chief - was the odds on favorite. A graduate of the Naval Postgraduate school and Harvard Fellow, Butler is respected within the department, City Hall, and across the nation.
Scott Johnson in CD 14
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