LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Mayor Eric Garcetti Thursday called for the resignation of LAFD Chief Brian Cummings and appointed a new interim head of the department.
James Feathersone has been appointed as Acting Chief of the department effective Nov. 1, and Cummings is set to retire in February following a period of transition, according to the Mayor’s office.
Featherstone is a former LAFD captain and is currently head of the city’s Emergency Management Department, where he will return after a permanent chief is found, officials said.
“I thank Chief Cummings for his service to Los Angeles. My agenda for the Fire Department is focused on reducing response times, improving technology, to make sure we’re prepared for every emergency,” Mayor Garcetti said in a statement.
Garcetti publicly insists Cummings’ resignation was a mutually agreed upon decision.
“He’s a good man. I’ve decided to take a different direction, and that’s something we agreed upon mutually, then the last couple of days he’s been informed about it,” Garcetti told KNX1070’s Claudia Peschuitta.