Report shows Nepotism in Southern California Fire Department

Feb 23, 2015 8:10 PM by Debbie Cobb

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An investigation into alleged nepotism in the Los Angeles County Fire Department has found evidence of cheating on promotional and other exams.

The Los Angeles Times reports Monday ( ) that county auditors discovered at least nine different tests had been circulated among employees, including exams for fire captains and tests for driving and emergency medical skills.

The evidence will be turned over to Fire Chief Daryl Osby.

The audit follows a Times investigation that found the county department had hired at least 183 sons of current or former firefighters since the start of 2012.

The newspaper found that firefighters circulated lists of questions and suggested answers for formal applicant interviews that are supposed to be secret.

Osby has notified county supervisors of steps being taken to reform the hiring process.


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