SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— After 150 firefighters gave the San Francisco fire chief a vote of no-confidence regarding her job, the city's fire commission met behind closed doors to discuss her job performance in a closed-door meeting Thursday night.
Fire Commissioner Ken Cleveland said he's disappointed by the no-confidence vote by some members of the rank and file and has called the action against the embattled Chief Joanne Hayes-White, who has come under recent criticism for reports of slow ambulance response times, "pre-mature."
"There's no reason in the world for us to jump the gun here without having some very defined performance standards to which she is to be held," he said.
San Francisco Fire Commission Meets Behind Closed Doors To Discuss Embattled Chief's Job Performance
Hayes-White said she is reaching out to employee groups and thinks progress is being made.
"I love this job. I love this department. I take a lot of pride in being a native San Franciscan and feel very affirmed at this point," she said.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has stood by Hayes-White and said he and the Fire Commission have the responsibility of evaluating the chief's performance.
Hayes-White has held her position for the last 10 years.
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