Cal Fire Chief Seeks to Change Discipline Process After Scandal

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The head of California’s firefighting agency says he is trying to fix its disciplinary process after two captains who were demoted in a scandal at the Cal Fire academy were quickly promoted back to their old ranks.

Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott said he is working with the state personnel department to develop better training on discipline so that such demotions will stick in the future. He is also seeking to reinstate the demotions.

Monday’s interview with AP was Pimlott’s first since the scandal at the fire academy in Ione, 40 miles southeast of Sacramento.

Sixteen employees quit or were fired, suspended and demoted early this year, but the two were quickly reinstated.

Records show other discipline from the department also failed to stick.

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