Chief Special Investigator


Exempt | Location: Civic Center

Annual Salary

$139,499.28 - $203,955.84

contact information

Los Angeles Fire Department Personnel Services Section

job description


The Los Angeles Fire Department is a full-spectrum life safety agency protecting more than four million people who live, work and play in America’s second largest city. The Professional Standards Division is part of the Fire Chief’s office and is responsible for the oversight of the LAFD’s internal disciplinary process. The Chief Special Investigator serves as the Assistant Commanding Officer and will be responsible for supervising the investigative responsibilities of a staff of civilian professional and sworn employees engaged in disciplinary investigations.

Under the direction of a Fire Assistant Chief, the Chief Special Investigator performs the following duties: 
• Assists in the overall strategy and quality of a disciplinary and Equal Employment Opportunity investigations, reports and other standards of work performed by PSD staff such as dispute resolution and advocacy; 
• Lends expertise in the areas of investigations, interpretation and application of employment laws and risk reduction; 
• Prepares written statistical and interpretative reports and training materials related to the review and recommendations of LAFD policies; 
• Reviews all complaints submitted through the LAFD’s Complaint Tracking System, as well as the overall productivity of the staff.

1. Graduation from a recognized four-year college or university and five years of full-time paid experience conducting investigations in the areas of employee discipline, discrimination, fraud, waste, abuse, law or other related field, at least two years must be at supervisory level. 
2. Valid driver’s license

How to apply


Electronic submittals are required. Interested candidates should immediately submit a resume detailing applicable background and work experience, a City application (which can be downloaded at http:/, a cover letter of interest, and three (3) work-related references (include name, job title, affiliation and telephone number) to: 
Los Angeles Fire Department Personnel Services Section 
The filing period will close 4:00PM on Friday, December 15th, 2023
Questions can be directed to Nancie Arbogast at: 
Only the most qualified candidates will be invited to a panel interview for further evaluation.
*The position of Chief Special Investigator is an exempt, at-will, management position. The incumbent will not accrue any civil service tenure or contractual employment rights in such position. The Chief Special Investigator is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of the Fire Chief, and may also be removed without finding of cause.
The City of Los Angeles is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer