Compton city manager’s letter putting fire chief on leave

Compton Fire Chief Jon Thompson was put on ad­min­is­trat­ive leave Tues­day fol­low­ing a series of Times re­ports on short­com­ings at the fire agency.

City Man­ager Johnny Ford said he had no­ti­fied Thompson that he was re­lieved of duty pending an in­vest­ig­a­tion. Former Fire Chief Rico Smith will take over the de­part­ment and serve as in­ter­im chief, Ford said.