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Firefighting News: Los Angeles Mayor Appoints Fire Department Watchdog

The Los Angeles city Fire Commission named a lawyer from the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti as the Fire Department's new internal watchdog, reports The Los Angeles Times. The independent assessor position was created by voters in 2009 to audit the handling of misconduct complaints against LAFD employees. It was prompted by a wave of discrimination and harassment allegations that cost taxpayers nearly $20 million in legal payouts over several years. In a unanimous vote after emerging from a closed-door session, the commission appointed Sue Stengel. Stengel has worked as a public defender and a City Council aide, in addition to serving in oversight roles at the LAPD and state prison system...

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