Burbank Police chief to retire Dec. 31

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[BREAKING] Against the backdrop of waning support from rank-and-file officers and a frustrated City Council, Burbank Police Chief Tim Stehr on Monday announced his intent to retire at year’s end.

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Burbank Police Chief Tim Stehr.

The announcement came less than a week after City Councilman David Gordon called on his colleagues to direct the city manager to place Stehr on administrative leave amid an FBI investigation into police misconduct and a growing stack of lawsuits against the city.

The recent public suicide of police Sgt. Neil Thomas Gunn, who was named in an FBI probe into police misconduct along with several other officers, focused further scrutiny on the troubled department.

“Our department is facing challenging times. The healing process will be a long one, but I have tremendous confidence in the brave men and women of our department and the citizens of this community,” Stehr said in a statement. “As I prepare to retire, I wish to thank all those who made the department’s success possible.”

Developing story here.

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Written by Christopher Cadelago

November 9, 2009 at 5:40 pm

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