Los Angeles – February 15, 2011
Osby will be officially sworn in by the Executive Officer of the Board on Thursday, February 17, as the Department’s ninth Fire Chief, and will assume the position held for the past 22 years by retiring Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman. Osby also becomes the Department’s first African-American Fire Chief in its 88-year history.
Part of his new job will require close work with a wide array of stakeholders, including city officials, union leaders, fire service colleagues and the public to further the Department’s mission. As have his predecessors, Osby will represent the Department on nationally-recognized fire service, homeland security and defense, and emergency medical services committees and task forces.