In October of 2007, James G.
Featherstone was appointed General Manager of the City
of Los Angeles' Emergency Management Department. A
native of Washington D.C. and veteran of the United
States Navy, Jim began his years of service to the City
of Los Angeles in 1986 with the Los Angeles Fire
While working for the LAFD, Mr.
Featherstone served tours as a Public Information
Officer, Academy Instructor, Chief Officer's Staff
Assistant, Station Commander, and Task Force Commander.
In 2004, he was transferred to the LAFD's Tactical
Training Section. As the Section's Tactical
Training Officer, he oversaw all WMD and catastrophic
event training, simulations and exercises.
Mr. Featherstone worked through a
variety of emergencies during his tenure with the LAFD.
They include the 1992 Civil Disturbance, 1993 Firestorm,
the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, and numerous local major
emergencies and regional campaign incidents. In
the spring of 2000, he was selected as a Fire Plans
Officer for the 2000 Democratic National Convention
(DNC) to develop the Fire Department's Operational and
Tactical plans. In this role, he collaborated with
a variety of federal, state and local public safety
An alumnus of the National Fire
Academy (NFA), Mr. Featherstone completed the NFA's
residence curriculum of Incident Management courses.
He serves as an Adjunct Instructor at the National
Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center at Texas
Mr. Featherstone remains a member of
the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, Local 112,
where he served as a Negotiation Team Member for 19
years, as a Chief Negotiator for 5 years and as a member
of the Executive Board. He is also a member and
past Executive Board Member of the Stentorians of Los
Angeles City, a distinguished organization representing
African Americans in the Fire Service.
In January 2006, Mr. Featherstone was
selected as the Acting Assistant General Manager of
L.A.'s Emergency Preparedness Department. In this
role, he spearheaded the reorganization and enhancement
of the department. He remained key to the City's
preparedness activities until his formal appointment to
his current position by Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa.