Burbank Police Officer Mark Armendariz, President of the Burbank Police Officers Association (BPOA), has been put on administrative leave by the department. The acton reportedly took place on Thursday.
After receiving calls from our readers regarding this matter, MyBurbank.com contacted the Burbank Police Department. Their spokesman, Sgt. Darin Ryburn said, “This is a personnel issue, and any information or comments will come from the City Attorney’s Office.
When contacted, City Attorney Amy Albano stated that the police department and the City of Burbank do not comment on personnel matters. She did confirm that this is not a criminal investigation
She stated, “Please be assured, however, if the City does take any type of employment action against an employee, we will follow all statutory and legal rules concerning due process, from having just cause for an employment action to affording administrative procedures to protect the employee’s interests as well.”
The BPOA was also asked to respond. Sgt. Claudio Losacco, Vice President of the union echoed earlier statements. Speaking for the union, he stated, “We have no comment because this is a personnel matter.”
We were not able to reach Officer Armendariz for comment.