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Default Black female Oakland Fire Chief Retires Amid Ghost Ship Investigation - says Jewish female mayor


Oakland Fire Chief Retires Amid Ghost Ship Investigation
March 15, 2017 11:43 AM

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach-Reed, who has been under fire since the deadly Ghost Ship warehouse fire in December, has announced that she will retire in May, according to Mayor Libby Schaaf.

Deloach-Reed headed a department that dealt with the city’s deadliest fire in its history, the blaze at a warehouse at 1315 31st Ave. in the city’s Fruitvale district on Dec. 2 that killed 36 people who were attending a concert.

The property was being used illegally as a residential space and the Fire Department has been criticized for not checking it for safety violations.

According to Schaaf, Deloach-Reed, 59, has lived in Oakland for 22 years but began her fire service career as a firefighter in 1986 with the city of San Jose, where she rose through the ranks before being appointed to the top job in Oakland in 2012.

In securing the job, Deloach-Reed became the first African American woman in the country to lead a big city fire department
, Schaaf said.


Libby Schaaf

50th Mayor of Oakland
Assumed office
January 5, 2015
Preceded by Jean Quan
Member of the Oakland City Council
from District 4
In office
2011 – January 2015
Preceded by Jean Quan
Personal details
Born Elizabeth Beckman Schaaf
November 12, 1965 (age 51)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Rollins College
Loyola Law School
Website Mayor of Oakland

Schaaf is Jewish.[31][32
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