Special Reports

Woodard requests disability leave

Catherine Woodard, Tacoma's acting police chief who was put on paid administrative leave more than a month ago, has applied for a disability leave. The city's pension board will review her request for "temporary disability," Human Resources director Phil Knudsen said Friday.

He did not release the nature of Woodard's disability, citing medical privacy laws.

"The pension board will have to make up its mind how to respond," he said.

Woodard declined to comment.

City Manger Ray Corpuz named Woodard acting police chief in the hours after Police Chief David Brame fatally shot his wife, Crystal, then himself April 26. Woodard was the ranking assistant chief at the time.

Corpuz placed Woodard on leave May 1 amid questions about a visit Woodard made with David Brame to pick up his children April 11. Crystal Brame called 911 after the visit and alleged Woodard had threatened and intimidated her in the past.

The Washington State Patrol continues to investigate whether Woodard committed any crimes that night.

She earns $131,082 a year.

Stacey Mulick: 253-597-8268