The August 2008 meeting was called to order at 0900 hours by President Jimmy Chavez at the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and Reception Center located at Phoenix, Arizona. President Chavez began the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
President Jimmy Chavez
Executive Officer Pat Eagan
D-2 & Northern Vice President Mark Haughey
D-3 & Recording Secretary Jim Bee
District 4 Ed Simpson
D-5 (Metro Central) Tim Kvochick
D-7 Raul Garcia Jr
D-8 (Proxy) Celina Murrieta-Gonzales
D-9 (Proxy) Dave Schroder
D-11 Bert Chaney
D-12 (Proxy) Bill Rogers
D-13 (Metro East) Bill Rogers
D-14 (Proxy) Tim Kvochick
D-15 Matt Rosemeyer
D-16 John Smith
Executive Vice President
& OCI (Proxy) Bob Gilbert
Civilian Central Zone II (Proxy) Betty Gallery
Civilian Southern Zone &
Southern Vice President Celina Murrieta-Gonzales
Civilian Northern Zone (Proxy) Celina Murrieta-Gonzales
Retired Central Zone (Proxy) J.R. Ham
Retired Southern Zone J.R. Ham
Retired Civilian Betty Gallery
Treasurer Dave Schroder
& Ring Coordinator Beverly Fuller
AHPA STAFF PRESENT:
Executive Secretary Colleen Girard
Legal Counsel Greg Robinson
Lobbyist Nicole LaSlavic
Legal Services Jan Feltz
Insurance Advisor Pat Madden
Leticia Figueroa – Verizon
FLOWERS / THANK YOU LETTERS:
Flowers – none
Thank You Letter – Deanna Molina U of A Scholarship recipient
NEW SWORN MEMBERS:
Gregorio Sanchez #6575
Phillip C. Harding #7003
NEW CIVILIAN MEMBERS:
MEMBERS WHO HAVE RETIRED:
Cheryl D. Quaintance #4795
MEMBERS WHO HAVE LEFT DPS:
Sworn: Marc J. Lozano #6144
SICK & DISTRESSED:
Rusty Ameen’s son Anthony, a Navy Corpsman attached to a Marine unit, was wounded in Afghanistan.
Joan Gump”s daughter is terminally ill.
Retiree Ralph Shartzer had knee replacement two weeks ago; his wife Joann had 5 time by-pass heart surgery.
DEATHS – LINE OF DUTY / FAMILY:
Jill Padilla, wife of District 6 Sergeant Ron Padilla, passed away on July 28 after a long illness.
This year 69 Police Officers have died in the line of duty. Ten Officers have died since the last meeting.
Five were killed by gunfire, one accidental
One was killed in a traffic accident
One was killed by electrocution
One was killed by vehicular assault
One was killed by assault (kicked in the neck)
One was killed in a motorcycle collision
Five were from Municipal Agencies
Two were from County Agencies
One was from a State agency (New York State Police)
One was employed by a hospital
One was from a Federal agency (Puerto Rico P.D.)
Nine were male
One was female
1) Police Officer Andrew Widman
Fort Meyers P.D., Florida
Age 30 Years of Service 1 year,3 months
Killed Friday, July 18, 2008
2) Deputy Sheriff Anthony Forgione
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Florida
Age 33 Years of Service 3
Killed Tuesday, July 22, 2008
3) Police Officer Aldo Rossi
Port Dickinson P.D., New York
Age 42 Years of Service 1 year, 3 months
Killed Sunday, July 27, 2008
4) Trooper Shawn W. Snow
New York State Police
Age 47 Years of Service 19
Killed Sunday, August 3, 2008
5) Detective Sandra Joyce Bullock
Bushnell P.D., Flordia
Age 59 Years of Service 1 year,4 months
Killed Wednesday, August 6, 2008
6) Deputy Sheriff Dennis Compton
Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, South Carolina
Age 39 Years of Service 2
Killed Tuesday, June 3, 2008
7) Officer Monte Ruby
CoxHealth Department of Public Safety, Missouri
Age 62 Years of Service 15
Killed Wednesday, August 6, 2008
8) Agent Osvaldo Gonzalez-Ortiz
Puerto Rico P.D., Puerto Rico
Age N/A Years of Service 12
Killed Thursday August 7, 2008
9) Detective Michael Smith Phillips
Virginia Beach P.D., Virginia
Age 37 Years of Service 9
Killed Thursday, August 7, 2008
10) Lieutenant Robert Curry
Gulfport P.D., Mississippi
Age 39 Years of Service 14
Killed Thursday, August 14, 2008
For more information on these officers, refer to www.odmp
[Officer Down Memorial Page])
A MOMENT OF SILENCE WAS HELD.
Seat New Board Members & Proxies
Correction to July Minutes: Last month it was reported that Retired Officer Lloyd Robertson, badge #17 passed away on June 30th. Minutes should have stated Former Department of Public Safety Director Lloyd Robertson.
Motion from Dave Schroder, seconded by Mark Haughey to accept the consent agenda. Motion Passed.
PACIFIC FINANCIAL DESIGN:
Pat Madden advised the Board on an update on the Health Insurance carve-out. Also presented to the Board was a long term care insurance individual monthly premium comparison. (Information posted on website)
a) Raffle information added
b) Information on Benefits added
c) Password section deleted
d) Search key section moved to new location
a) Working on Associate Member brochure
b) Working on State Fair projects
Tim Kvochick addressed the Board on several items:
1) Attended ICAP conference, approximately $400.00 sold in
2) Inventory will be given to accountants
Leticia Figueroa addressed the Board on our current membership account and benefits to our members.
General Checking: $ 184,588.46
Savings: $ 56,463.18
Merchandise: $ 8,588.60
Bass: $ 1,749.11
Rodeo: $ 7,690.55
Golf: $ 26,467.31
Raffle: $ 68,917.24
Charities: $ 16,849.60
PAC: $ 29,000.41
Heber – AHPA Cabin $ 1,483.18
Merrill Lynch $ 433,626.00
Monument Account $ 14,691.00
Snedaker Account (Originally) $ 40,084.00
(July 2008 $ 3,316.76 given to
sick & distressed members)
(Remaining) $ 17,467.24
Funding Requests (Budgeted) $ 5,000.00
January 2008 0.00
Balance $ 5,000.00
Sick & Distressed (Budgeted) $ 4,000.00
January 2008 0.00
Balance $ 4,000.00
$100.00 anonymous donor after reading article printed in Yuma Sun Newspaper-regarding a kind & conscientious DPS Officer.
$25.00 C-34 assisted by Sgt. Jeff Eavenson #4492
$30.00 C-34 (Two) assisted by Sgt. Jim Stanton #3435
$ 2.00 C-34 Officer #6342
$20.00 From Trudy Rosavich after observing D08 Officer Ibarra changing a tire.
Dave Schroder addressed the Board on the changes to the Association Cabin:
a) Floor removed, found to have 3 layers of sub floor installed
b) Concrete floor will be poured this Saturday
c) Any plumbing problems will be fixed
d) Wiring upgraded
e) New security door installed where old screen door was located.
f) New roof on main house pending rain stopping
Greg Robinson reported to the Board on two issues:
1) He had attended the executive board meeting on Leslie Nielson.
2) Meeting with Pat Madden on Insurance carve-out plan.
Jan Feltz reported to the Board on two issues:
a) One matter of discipline before Merit System – employee resigned prior to hearing.
b) Office responded to shooting involving Officer Raul Garcia Jr.
Colleen Girard reported to the Board that 984 tickets sold as of this date. Colleen also wanted to post that anyone interested in the Central & Northern Retired positions PLEASE contact her prior to September 12th. Colleen also wanted to ask anyone interested in filling in for Ernie Johnson, Retired Central Zone, until he can return, PLEASE contact her.
President Chavez reported to the Board on the Phoenix Coyote’s hockey game set for October 25th against the Calgary Flames. Game will be the Arizona Highway patrol Association night with discounted tickets. On January 6th, hockey game between Phoenix Coyotes against the Chicago Blackhawk’s will have a 50/50 raffle. There are 20 tickets available for anyone interested in working the game selling raffle tickets during the intermissions. There are also reduced tickets for family members of these workers. 25% of raffle will go towards Association charities.
Update to the Board on Leslie Nielson:
a) He will have a relationship with the Association
b) Script given on the Association’s history
c) PSA’s given on the Department’s move-over law & Volunteer program.
d) Number of scripts given to Nielson on several topics.
e) Still photo’s taken on several topics
f) Involvement on Christmas Bear program
Bob Gilbert addressed the Board on three issues:
1) New plaque for the Officer Memorial wall was ordered with the Association’s memorial coin emblem.
2) Association Pay study was presented to ASU for assignment.
3) Les Skeldon will be giving a presentation to the Board at
next months meeting on the redaction process.
Celina Murrieta-Gonzales advised the Board that the Golf Tournament for Officer Wooley will be held on August 30th, with 30 golfers signed up so far.
2009 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA:
President Chavez advised the Board on the Association’s 2009 agenda:
1) Insurance carve-out
2) Pay for sworn & civilians
3) Improving the Redaction process for employees
4) Adding vehicle color on vehicle registration
5) New law for increasing penalty for A.R.S. 28-701A (Carelessly or reckless driving causing death)
President Chavez advised the Board on several issues:
a) Proposal fom the Department in changing the wording in Merit System Council rule R13-5-305Q, subparagraphs 1-2 & 3. Proposed changes would:
1) Shall allow the agency head to offer a promotional position to a candidate unless the candidate is the subject of an internal investigation.
2) If a candidate is the subject of an investigation, the agency may pass over the candidate and proceed to the next candidate on the list.
3) If the passed over candidate disciplinary action does not include removal from the list, the agency shall promote the candidate and establish date of classification and back pay the candidate would have been promoted if he/she would have not been the subject of an investigation.
The Board took the position to oppose this proposal due to the proposed change being too broad & also to the fact that even if an employee is subject to an internal investigation, this does not mean the allegations have been sustained.
b) Proposal to change A.R.S. 41-1742 to allow the Director to issue an Arizona Department of Public Safety badge with allowances to issue a Highway Patrol badge.
The Board took the position to oppose this proposal due to the history of the Highway Patrol badge being issued since 1931. A proposal was offered to President Chavez to ask the Director to change from DPS to STATE POLICE, with the badges titled TROOPER.
c) Photo Enforcement Policy
President Chavez advised the Board on the comments he had received about the policy on Photo enforcement from the Board members:
1) The policy should be equal to both sworn & civilians
responding to Department calls in Department vehicles.
2) Officer safety issue – Officers should not be worried about being cited when doing their job/responding to calls, overtaking traffic violations vehicles.
3) Anyone outside the Department policy, their supervisor should investigate why.
REQUEST FOR FUNDING:
Celina Murrieta-Gonzales made a motion to fund $313.00 for the purpose of buying a firearm for the Arizona Homicide Investigators raffle. Motion seconded by Dave Schroder. Motion carried.
Jim Bee made a motion to fund $400.00 towards the Citizens Against Substance Abuse (CASA) golf tournament being held in Williams on September 6th. The Association has supported this tournament for a number of years. Motion seconded by Celina Murrieta-Gonzales. Motion carried.
Tim Kvochick advised the Board he would like to set up an account on E-Bay to allow the selling of the Association merchandise. The Board approved with no motion required.
Jim Bee made a motion to have the Association purchase a State of Arizona flag to be given to the Honor Guard when they attended out-of-state officer memorial services to be presented to the family. Motion seconded by Pat Eagan. Motion failed after hand vote 5-7-2.
Jim Bee made a motion to have the Association adopt a policy which would require anyone asking for our endorsement in running for political office/position to participate in a ride-along for a minimum of 3 hours. Exceptions would be made at the approval
of the Association’s President. Motion seconded by Mark Haughey. Motion carried.
MOTION TO ADJOURN BY DAVE SCHRODER, SECONDED BY MARK HAUGHEY. MOTION PASSED.
Next meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at Mountain Preserve Reception Center, Phoenix, Arizona. Meeting will start at 0900 hours.
Jim Bee, Recording Secretary
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