Special Reports

The major players

Philip Arreola

Tacoma police chief from 1996 to 1998. Widely disliked by rank-and-file officers. The fact that he came from out of state (Milwaukee) contributed to widespread feeling the new chief should have local roots.

Bill Baarsma

Mayor of Tacoma and David Brame's former professor at the University of Puget Sound. Supported Brame in his bid to become chief.

Crystal Brame

Wife of Police Chief David Brame. Died May 3 after being shot by her husband.

David Brame

Capitalized on his local-boy status in an aggressive campaign for police chief. Killed himself April 26 in Gig Harbor after fatally shooting his wife.

Ray Corpuz

Tacoma city manager since 1989. Promoted Brame to chief in 2001 despite a poor pre-hiring psychological evaluation in 1981 and a rape allegation in 1988.

Mike Darland

Deputy police chief and a Brame rival for the top job. Dropped out because he didn't meet the requirement for a college degree.

Ray Fjetland

Tacoma police chief from 1988 to 1996. Originally supported Brame rival Capt. Charles Meinema for chief but agreed to back Brame if he were the only remaining local candidate.

James Hairston

Tacoma police chief for the three years preceding Brame's administration. Announcement of his intent to retire in 2001 started political maneuverings of potential successors.

Phil Knudsen

Director of Tacoma's Human Resources Department. Says he warned City Manager Corpuz that if Brame became chief, he would be out of the city manager's control.

Charles Meinema

Tacoma police captain and Brame rival for the top job. His reputation as a "boat-rocker" hurt his chances.

Doug Miller

Tacoma City councilman who supported Brame for chief. Says he heard no one recommend anybody else during the selection process.

Paul Pastor

Pierce County sheriff, listed as "supervisor" on Brame's list of references, though he never was Brame's boss. Says he knew nothing of Brame's psychological tests or an allegation of rape.

Kevin Phelps

Tacoma city councilman. Says there was "an expectation" around City Hall that Brame would be the new chief.

Ray Roberts

Assistant police chief and one of Brame's early rivals for the top job. Says Brame's political connections got him the job.

Patrick Stephens

Deputy chief of operations in the Cleveland Police Department. Came in second to Brame in the campaign for chief. His status as an outsider worked against him politically.

Catherine Woodard

Tacoma police captain and Brame's most threatening internal rival. Brame promoted her to assistant chief in 2002, on his first day as chief.

Rob Carson, The News Tribune