Los Angeles Has New Fire Chief

Douglas Barry has his work cut out for him as he dons the white helmet.

The married father of three is a Rancho Palos Verdes resident who was born and raised in the South Bay and attended Narbonne High School, Los Angeles Harbor College and Cal State Long Beach.

Sources familiar with the search process that preceded Villaraigosa's final decision told The Times that at least six candidates were considered for the post, including three internal applicants -- Deputy Chief Emile W. Mack, Assistant Chief Roxanne Bercik and Battalion Chief Patrick Butler.

The mayor has hinted at a measure of dissatisfaction with what the city has described as a nationwide search.

He was asked about it two weeks ago on a televised news program and replied: "I'm not sure that the pool of candidates -- funny that you ask this question `cause just last week, I looked at the pool of candidates. ...I'm not sure we're where we want to be."