- Reporters Desk
LOS ANGELES — On Jan. 21, Los Angeles May Eric Garcetti announced the appointment of Sue Stengel as independent assessor by the Board of Fire Commissioners.
The independent assessor is the top internal watchdog for the Los Angeles Fire Department and assists the Fire Commission in providing direction and strong civilian oversight of the department.
Stengel is a lawyer with extensive experience in law enforcement oversight, criminal law and public safety policy. She serves as the policy director on policing and crime policy for Mayor Garcetti’s Office of Homeland Security and Public Safety.
She previously served in two inspectors general offices, providing oversight and bringing transparency to two major departments: the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Los Angeles Police Department. Stengel also served the Los Angeles as the public safety deputy to former Councilman Jack Weiss, when he chaired the council’s Public Safety Committee. Stengel began her career as a deputy public defender for Los Angeles County and was also the Western States Counsel for the Anti-Defamation League.
Her appointment was voted on by the members of the Board of Fire Commissioners during its meeting Jan. 21.