A clinical psychologist who evaluated Tacoma police job applicants recommended in 1981 that David Brame not be hired, according to the late chief’s personnel file, the Tacoma News Tribune reports. Nevertheless, he got the job of patrol officer and later was promoted, ultimately becoming chief of police in 2002.
Yesterday, four days after Brame shot his wife and killed himself in a parking lot, City Manager Ray Corpuz read the file for what he said was the first time. The newspaper received the file after a public records request when Brame was a finalist for the chief’s job.
In another development, the acting Tacoma Police Chief placed officer Patrick Frantz on paid administrative leave after he sent an e-mail message to an online publication that disclosed details of the late chief’s messy divorce.
Frantz, president of the department’s largest union, in a message to the publisher of The New Takhoman, said “If you want to throw stones, you had better live in a bullet-proof glass house.”