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City probe calls for anti-nepotism reforms at LAFD
City probe calls for anti-nepotism reforms at LAFD

The Los Angeles Fire Department needs new rules to prevent conflicts of interest and reform a firefighter hiring process “tainted” by concerns of nepotism, according to a new study by the department’s top watchdog. The 55-page report released Thursday is the result of a probe triggered in March when Mayor Eric Garcetti suspended LAFD hiring, calling the system “fatally flawed” because it potentially favored department insiders and failed to increase the number of women and minorities in the department’s ranks. The report’s recommendations, expected to be presented to the Fire Commission on Tuesday by Independent Assessor Sue Stengel, call for...

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