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New process for hiring L.A. firefighters wins OK; recruiting to resume
New process for hiring L.A. firefighters wins OK; recruiting to resume

Members of the Los Angeles Civil Service Commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve an overhaul of the rules for hiring city firefighters, restarting a recruitment effort halted in March amid concerns about nepotism and mismanagement. In a bid to boost the number of women and minorities in the Los Angeles Fire Department's ranks, a lottery will be used to winnow the pool of candidates seeking coveted slots in three new fire academy classes budgeted this fiscal year. The changes revamp a hiring process that drew criticism after thousands of candidates for a new class hired earlier this year were excluded because some of their paperwork wasn't received in the first 60...

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