Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby will officially retire from the Department as of July 30, completing nearly four decades in the fire service.
“I am truly grateful for the amazing 38 years I have spent protecting the lives, property, and environment of the residents of Los Angeles County, especially the last 11 in which I had the honor of serving as Fire Chief of the premier fire department in the nation, if not the world,” said Osby in a statement released by the department.
Osby was initially appointed to his position as chief by the County of Los Angeles Board of the Supervisors in February 2011. During his tenure, the department launched several groundbreaking and innovative programs to enhance the delivery and quality of emergency and life safety services to the 4 million residents in its care.
“Day after day, we answered the call of those experiencing the worst day of their lives, whether they were in need of a life-saving rescue, medical treatment or just a helping hand,” Osby said. “It is that unwavering commitment that inspired me to come in to work every day and makes it so difficult to say goodbye.
“It was truly an honor to be your Fire Chief.”
During the transition phase before Osby’s retirement, he will work with his executive team along with the Board of Supervisors to ensure a seamless succession plan, the statement said.