Burbank is bringing in another high-profile, high-priced consultant to assist with ongoing reforms at the Burbank Police Department.
The Burbank City Council unanimously approved hiring Robert Corbin to serve as a strategic advisor to the Police Commission, with no discussion on the cost of the one-year contract — $10,000 for 26 hours.
Councilman David Gordon was absent.
Corbin's job will be to train police commissioners who “want to play a key role in monitoring the implementation of the strategic plan,” said Councilman Dave Golonski, who with Gordon acts as a liaison to the commission.
Corbin is an attorney who was staff counsel to the Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department, which was created in 1991 after the beating of Rodney King. The commission found there were a significant number of officers in the LAPD that repeatedly used excessive force against the public.
Burbank police commissioners were given the task by the council at a joint meeting in November to oversee how, and if, police were truly making the reforms outlined in its strategic plan. The council also discussed the possibility of having an independent monitor oversee how the department handles investigations.