Fire Chief Keith Richter will step down as head of the Orange County Fire Authority, a decision that comes on the heels of an audit that found low morale and a sense of favoritism and lack of leadership among the rank and file of the county’s largest fire department. Richter made the announcement to his executive team in a Tuesday morning meeting, and sent a departmental memo in the afternoon announcing his decision to retire, stating he would be stepping aside because “recent controversies have placed me in a position of being a distraction.”
Dr. Andrew Biggs looks like he’s got a very credible resume, and we like that he’s associated with the American Enterprise Institute (a “pro-business right-wing think tank“ per the lefties), so we jumped on this article from last year about our OC Fire Authority fire fighters.
The numbers are astounding:
Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer, who is on the board, said the recommendations are important, but at the end of the day it’s about holding Richter accountable. Spitzer said he would call for Richter’s resignation. “I am calling for the chief’s resignation, I’m asking him to voluntarily step down,” Spitzer said. “The organization is much more important than any one individual and this cannot be about him, this needs to be about the long-term sustainability of the Orange County Fire Authority.”
In part, said Chief Keith Richter to the Times, “I don’t think the agency is broken….The last five years have been a struggle with budget issues, having to do more with less resources”. Continue reading