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LAFD Chief Millage Peaks Retires After 35 Years With Department

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After 35 years with the Los Angeles Fire Department, Chief Millage Peaks has announced his retirement.TheDaily News reports that Peaks informed executive staff of his decision today. They report:

"Chief Peaks leaves a more flexible department, with a greater capacity, that is prepared to meet the opportunities and realities of the 21st century," department spokesman Capt. Jaime Moore said. Moore said Peaks told staff he is retiring because it is "a good time for him." Moore added that Peaks is leaving the department with a balanced budget and believed firefighters are close to solidifying a multi-year contract with the city.

According to Peaks' bio with the department, in his current position he commands the largest metropolitan fire department in the western United States, with 106 fire stations and over 3,600 sworn and professional staff.

His retirement will be effective on July 10.