The Orange County Fire Authority continues to be fraught with scandal, and many of us are questioning whether we have the leadership in place to bring about the needed changes. Last year it was revealed that OCFA charged thousands of local businesses a total of $1.7 million for hazardous-material inspections that never took place. Below are excerpts from an Orange County Register article in which I’m mentioned:
Jeff Lalloway, mayor pro tem of Irvine, said he is scheduled to meet with the chief the morning before the review. That will be his first one-on-one meeting with Richter in the 10 months he’s been on the OCFA board, he said. Richter scheduled face-to-face meetings with six board members this week, according to the chief’s calendar which was obtained through a public-records request.
Lalloway said he viewed OCFA’s recent troubles as “a direct result of weak leadership and a weak board.”
“The staff drives the direction of where the board goes,” he said. “I think OCFA needs a strong leader because it’s such an important entity.”
(In reference to OCFA’s 25-member board) “I could barely see the other board members at the other side of the dais. It’s very difficult to have an intelligent …read more
Read more here: Councilman Jeff Lalloway