A councilwoman who faces a felony charge of possession of cocaine and
misdemeanor child endangerment announced her resignation in a letter
read aloud at Tuesday night's City Council meeting.
Stacey Jo Murphy in a resignation letter addressed to City Manager Mary Alvord said she was sending it with a "heavy heart."
Murphy said her resignation was in the best interest of the city and her children.
"The distractions caused by my personal issues should not be a factor that the council should have to deal with," Murphy wrote.
Murphy, 47, a former mayor of Burbank, was arrested July 13 after her
home was searched as part of an investigation into a street gang. She
pleaded not guilty last week and has been free on her own recognizance.
Authorities armed with search warrants found a small amount of cocaine,
three loaded handguns and 900 rounds of ammunition at Murphy's home.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Superior Court, the child
endangerment charge involved a 12-year-old boy under Murphy's care.
Murphy is the mother of three children.
Murphy, who has been described as "the quintessential soccer mom," is
scheduled to return to court Sept. 28, when a date will be set for a
hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for her to stand trial.
Her boyfriend, Scott Schaffer, is awaiting trial in U.S. District
Court. He was arrested for alleged federal firearms and narcotics
violations during a search of his Glendale home. Prosecutors contend
that Schaffer traded guns to a gang member for cocaine.
Murphy was mayor in November 2003 when two reputed members of the
Vineland Boyz street gang allegedly killed Officer Matthew Pavelka
during a traffic stop, which was the first on-duty death of an officer
in the Burbank Police Department's history.
The killing prompted an 18-month investigation of the Vineland Boyz,
which led to Murphy's arrest. Dozens of suspected gang members also
have been charged in recent months on federal and state charges.
The City Council must approve a special election to fill Murphy's seat
and asked the offices of the city attorney and city clerk to determine
when an election can take place. Murphy's term was set to expire in
"It is my goal over the next four years to not present any one faction, but to help find common ground between all of them. We need to remain vigilant in our fight against unrestricted airport expansion. On the subject of deregulation, we are going to have to overcome technical and complex terminology to help our city prepare for imminent restructuring and its impacts on our residents and local businesses. My primary job as a council member is being able to help with your questions and suggestions.
Past Member, Magnolia Park Citizens Advisory Committee
Burbank Parks and Recreation Board (1995-1997)
Burbank City Council (1997 - present)
Vice Mayor, City of Burbank (1998-1999 and 2002-2003)
Mayor, City of Burbank (1999-2000 and 2003-2004)
Reelected to Council (2000 to 2004)
Current Member, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) - Airport Subcommittee
Member, Valley Transit Zone Board
Executive Board Member, Economic Alliance
Self-employed - Transcription--Computer Support Services (1984-2000)
Controller - Transportation Company (2001 to present)
Longterm Boyfriend: Scott Schaffer, a known associate of the Vineland Boyz Gang whom Murphy knew to be a cocaine addict and whose weapons she allowed to be stored in her garage with her kids' bikes and whose cocaine she stored in the bedroom closet.
After she missed her first post-arrest council meeting, Murphy issued an official statement saying this...
"Because my situation will impact the regular course of business, for that reason and that reason alone, I will not attend City Council meetings until after I have appeared in court. I intend to do the job you elected me to do."
"this popular city official and "soccer mom" frequented a North Hollywood bar -- a hangout for the Vineland Boys -- and bought cocaine there with her boyfriend, who traded guns the gangsters couldn't legally buy themselves."
I wonder if racketeering is part of the job she intends to return to.