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Villaraigosa's office is expected to name new fire chief

August 28, 2009 |  7:00 am

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's office has scheduled a news conference this morning to announce a new fire chief, sources say.

The new chief will replace Douglas L. Barry, who is retiring at the end of the month.

Several candidates from inside the agency sought to head the 3,586-member department. They included Battalion Chief Millage Peaks, Battalion Chief Pat Butler, Deputy Chief Emile Mack and Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas, according to sources who asked not to be named because the process was ongoing.

The Fire Department has been struggling in recent years with allegations of hazing and racial unrest among firefighters. The department has also made major budget cuts in the last few months that officials admit could reduce response times.

-- Robert J. Lopez and Dave Zahniser