Daryl Osby Chosen to Lead as Next Fire Chief for L.A. County
2011-02-09 · By Editor
In a unanimous vote, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors selected Deputy Fire chief Daryl Osby to serve as the next Fire Chief.
“Congratulations to Chief Osby on his appointment as the County’s Fire Chief,” Supervisor Don Knabe said. “We have worked together closely for years and I know that he will do an excellent job in his new role. Chief Osby has expertise in all aspects of fire administration and emergency response and his knowledge and professionalism will well serve the over 10 million residents of our County.”
A 27-year veteran of the LACoFD, Chief Osby has moved through the ranks of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, since joining in 1984. Most recently Osby served as Chief Deputy in charge of Business Operations. He also has experience serving as the top commander during major incidents, including the 2003 and 2005 fires in Topanga Canyon.
“He is a proven leader who I am confident will build on Los Angeles County’s reputation as the best fire department in the nation,” Knabe added.
Chief Osby will take over command of the 4,400-person agency following the retirement of current Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman next month. He is the first African-American to become Chief.