Villaraigosa sends new stats guy over to fire department

The Los Angeles Fire Department really is the department that can't add (or shoot straight, apparently, given its finagling with response times and public information.) Trying to contain the brewing scandal over the LAFD's number gaffes, Mayor Villaraigosa just announced that he's appointing the police department's former crime stats head as Interim Director of Statistical Analysis and Review at the fire department. Jeff Godown had previously been interim chief of the San Francisco PD. Villaraigosa's letter to the City Council cites confidence in Godown from current police chief Charlie Beck and former LAPD chief William Bratton.

Villaraigosa also announced that Controller Wendy Greuel has been asked to review the LAFD's response times, and that police commissioner Alan Skobin will move over to the fire commission. He also wants to activate six paramedic ambulances as part of his package of LAFD actions.


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