“Because of the possible criminal and personnel implications of the investigation, it is imperative that absolute secrecy be observed by the investigating officers,” wrote Gunn, an eight-year veteran of the commission. “Please refrain from asking City Council members and the city manager about this investigation. They also do not have all the facts at this time, and repeated requests for information keeps stirring the controversy and gives ammunition to those who wish to do the department harm.”
After the e-mail was publicly disclosed at the appointment hearing, the council appointed Etter, Stearns-Niesen and Bonis, and replaced Gunn with Brady.
Brady, who said he feels he walked into a political firestorm, wants an opportunity to explain his arrest, which came March 5, 2007, after he made a special trip to a Burbank Coordinating Council meeting, during which he asked the Rev. Ron Degges for a recommendation to a rehabilitation facility.