The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors stopped short of stripping hiring power from the county Fire Department in the wake of nepotism accusations, deciding instead to establish a “strike team” to ensure transparency and fairness, reports mynewsla.com.
The compromise was proposed by Supervisor Gloria Molina, who originally called for all of the department’s hiring decisions to be made by the county’s Department of Human Resources.
“Hiring processes cannot be controlled by privilege or preference,” Molina said. “The recruitment process must attract all high-quality eligible applicants, without bias, from a wide variety of backgrounds, including women and ethnic minorities.”
Molina said the “strike team” agreement was reached after a long conversation with county Fire Chief Daryl Osby. The team, which will be charged with overseeing administration of an exam for entry-level firefighters, will include county attorneys and representatives from the Fire Department, the firefighters’ union, the Department of Human Resources and the county’s Equity Oversight Panel.
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