Los Angeles Fire Chief Daryl Osby is retiring after four decades of service

Los Angeles Fire Chief Daryl Osby has officially announced his retirement from the department after 11 years in the top job, effective July 30.

Osby has been in the fire service for nearly four decades and was named president by the county board of supervisors in 2011.

“I am truly grateful for the 38 wonderful years I have spent protecting the lives, property and environment of the people of Los Angeles County, especially the last 11 years, in which I have had the honor to serve as a fire chief for the premier fire department in the nation, if not the world,” Osby said in a statement.

According to the press release, Osby will work with his executive team and the Board of Supervisors to develop a plan for his succession before he retires.

“Day after day, we are heeding the call of those who are going through the worst day of their lives, whether they need a lifesaving rescue, medical treatment or just a helping hand,” Osby said. “It is this unwavering commitment that has inspired me to come to work every day and makes it so hard to say goodbye. It has truly been a great honor to be the captain of your fire team.”

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