The February 2010 Board of Directors & AHPA Charities Meeting was called to order at 0900 hours by President Jimmy Chavez at the Phoenix Mountain Preserve & Conference center located at 1431 East Dunlap, Phoenix, Arizona. President Chavez began the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
President Jimmy Chavez
Executive Officer &
Asst. Treasurer Pat Eagan
D-1 Dave Stopke
D-2 & Northern Vice
President Mark Haughey
D-3 & Recording Secretary Jim Bee
D-4 Ed Simpson
D-5 Tim Kvochick
D-7 Raul Garcia Jr
D-8 & Southern Vice President Kevin McNichols
D-9 Chris Lentz
D-11 Bert Cheney
D-12 Nathan Teel
D-13 (Metro East) Bill Rogers
D-15 Matt Rosemeyer
D-16 John Smith
Northern & Western Air Rescue Mike Strohmeyer
Executive Vice President
& OCI Bob Gilbert
OCN II Jim Oien
Civilian Northern Zone (Proxy) Mark Haughey
Civilian Central Zone I
& Crime Lab Mike Sloneker
Civilian Zone II Vickie Williams
Civilian Zone III JoAnne Kurgan
Civilian Southern Zone Lisa Campoy
Retired Southern Zone J.R. Ham
Retired Civilian Betty Gallery
Treasurer Dave Schroder
Charities Liaison Beverly Fuller
AHPA STAFF PRESENT:
Executive Secretary Colleen Girard
Legal Counsel Greg Robinson
Lobbyist Kelsey Lundy
Public Consultant Stacey Dillan
Financial Advisor Jeffrey Munster
Insurance Advisor Robert Jagus
Greg Girard H. Brian Moore
Director Bob Halliday Lt. Col. Jeff Stanhepe
Lt. Col. Jack Hegarty Paul Mudd
Ron Young Joel Martin
Sgt. Bernie Stefaniak Todd Parenteau
FLOWERS / THANK YOU LETTERS:
Flowers – Pat Eagan
Thank You Letters – None
Cards – Aaron Jacobs
NEW SWORN MEMBERS:
NEW CIVILIAN MEMBERS:
MEMBERS WHO HAVE RETIRED:
Commander Gary Hughes, Badge #1513
Sergeant Ray A. Kennedy, Badge #2588
Sergeant William D. Ross, Badge #2602
Celina Murrieta-Gonzales, Badge #3857
MEMBERS WHO HAVE LEFT DPS:
Sworn: Stephen D. Iker, Badge #7006
NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBERS:
NEW LIFETIME MEMBER:
SICK & DISTRESSED:
Officer Ken Henscheid, Badge #5290
Officer Randy Wilson, Badge #7179
Retired Lt. Dennis Dierking, Badge #429, received a new pacemaker and is recovering at home.
DEATHS – FAMILY:
Son of Retired Officer Chuck Hilton, Badge #2477, Ty Hilton 22 years old, passed away on January 25.
Officer Aaron Jacobs, Badge #6834, father passed away on Friday, February 5th.
The father of Becky McKinley, #1423, Major Crimes District, Special Investigations Unit, Retiree Sgt. Jerry Mitchell, Badge #96, passed away on February 13th.
Diane Greene, Badge #4524, grandmother passed away.
DEATHS – LINE OF DUTY:
This year 29 Police Officers have died in the line of duty. This is 17 more than this time last year. Sixteen Officers have died since the last meeting:
Seven were killed in vehicle collisions.
Three were killed by gunfire.
Two were killed by heart attacks.
Two were killed by assault.
One was killed after being struck by a vehicle.
One was killed in a motorcycle collision.
Six were from Municipal Agencies
Six were from County Agencies
Four were from State Agencies (New York State Police, Ohio Highway Patrol, Illinois Dept. of Corrections, & South Carolina Public Service Authority).
Fifteen were male
One was female
- 1) Trooper Jill Mattice
New York State Police
Age 31 Years of Service – 6 years, 6 months
Killed Wednesday, January 20, 2010
- 2) Chief of Police Carl Worley
Ross Township P.D., Ohio
Age 57 Years of Service – 13
Killed Tuesday, January 26, 2010
- 3) Lt. Eric Lewis Shuhandler
Gilbert P.D., Arizona
Age 42 Years of Service – 16
Killed Thursday, January 28, 2010
4) Investigator Jerry Crabtree
Franklin County Sheriff’s Dept., Tennessee
Age 76 Years of Service – 54
Killed Friday, January 29, 2010
5) Agent Frank Glover
South Carolina Public Safety Authority
Age 61 Years of Service – 38
Killed Friday, January 29, 2010
6) Juvenile Detention Officer Leonard Wall
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas
Age 58 Years of Service – N/A
Killed Sunday, January 31, 2010
7) Trooper Andrew C. Baldridge
Ohio State Highway Patrol
Age 25 Years of Service – 2 months
Killed Thursday, February 4, 2010
8) Senior Parole Agent Ellane Aimiuwu
Illinois Dept. of Corrections
Age 57 Years of Service – 12
Killed Sunday, February 7, 2010
9) Deputy Sheriff William Frederick Schuck III
Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, South Carolina
Age 26 Years of Service – N/A
Killed Sunday, February 7, 2010
Struck by Vehicle
10) Corporal Jeremy McLaren
Spring Hill P.D., Tennessee
Age 28 Years of Service – 3 years, 6 months
Killed Sunday, February 7, 2010
11) Captain Timothy Joel Bergeron
Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Department, Louisiana
Age 49 Years of Service – 25
Killed Sunday, February 7, 2010
12) Deputy Sheriff Don McCutcheon
Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri
Age 36 Years of Service – 1
Killed Monday, February 8, 2010
13) Police Officer David T. Zolendziewski
Holyoke P.D., Massachusetts
Age 53 Years of Service – 23
Killed Thursday, February 11, 2010
14) Deputy Sheriff Davy Wayne Crawford
Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia
Age 55 Years of Service – 29
Killed Friday, February 12, 2010
15) Police Officer Robert (Bob) Heinle
Missoula P.D., Montana
Age 47 Years of Service – 7
Killed Friday, 12, 2010
16) Lt. Michael Vogt
Chattahoochee Hills, P.D., Georgia
Age 60 Years of Service – 1 year, 2 months
Killed Monday, February 15, 2010
For more information on these officers, refer to www.odmp
[Officer Down Memorial Page]
A MOMENT OF SILENCE WAS HELD.
Motion was made by Dave Schroder, seconded by Mark Haughey to accept the consent agenda. Motion carried.
LEGISLATIVE REPORT: President Jimmy Chavez & Kelsey Lundy
- 1) Special session has ended
- 2) 1 cent sales tax has special election on May, will have a 3 year sunset. 2/3 of money will go towards K-12, 1/3 will go towards Public Safety & Health.
- 3) Estimates show that it will take until 2013 to reach the 2005 rates.
- 4) 6%-65% of State budget can not be touched under Prop 205.
- 5) Carve-out bill is waiting for feed-back from Governor’s office. Bill will be attached to a striker bill or added to another pending bill.
- 6) Director Halliday was confirmed yesterday by voice vote.
- 7) Governor’s budget plan calls for 5% State employee pay cut, JLBC budget plan calls for 10% cut.
- 8) Carve-out proposition will try to get flexibility with the Department’s budget to allow the agency to pick up the possible 5% pay cut.
- 9) Health insurance bill will have a third read in both the Senate & House, then switch places.
TREASURER REPORT: Dave Schroder
General Checking: $ 175,082.91
Savings: $ 56,898.20
Merchandise: $ 8,458.10
Bass: $ 1,706.97
Rodeo: $ 14,743.62
Golf: $ 19,543.53
Raffle: $ 45,164.26
Charities: $ 3,881.60
PAC $ 17,871.08
Heber – AHPA Cabin $ 2,865.25
Merrill Lynch $ 409,978.00
Monument Account $ 12,126.00
Snedaker Account (Originally) $ 40,084.00
(Remaining) $ 16,467.24
Funding Requests (Budgeted) $ 5,000.00
July 2009 313.00
Balance $ 1,127.00
Sick & Distressed (Budgeted) $ 4,000.00
July 2009 0.00
January 2010 0.00
Balance $ 3,695.85
Donations – None
LABOR REPORT: President Jimmy Chavez
Dale Norris is attending a Merit System Council meeting this morning.
President Chavez reported on the following three activities:
- 1) Member Requests:
- a. One request for assistance for LEMSC rule change
- b. Three criminal investigations
- c. Four wills
- d. Three referrals
- e. One spouse employment issue
- f. One suspension (withdrawal)
- g. One dismissal
- h. One use-of-force death callout
- i. One contract assistance
- 2) Association:
- a. Setting up travel appointments to Kingman (District One) in April.
- 3) Other Matters:
- a. Attorneys for Show Low & Flagstaff referred to Legal Defense Fund for approval.
LEGAL REPORT: Greg Robinson
Greg reported on four issues:
- 1) One letter was returned reference member loan due to bad address.
- 2) One call on member loan.
- 3) Received one letter from IRS in reference to the Association’s name change which occurred two years ago.
- 4) Has located a property for possible Association office at 19th Avenue & Van Buren.
FINANCIAL REPORT: Thomas Jonovich & Jeffery Munster
- 1) Still have problems with the national economy
- a. Huge tax problem
- b. Shrinking job market
- c. Debt is being paid off
- 2) Have had an increase in the number of Officers and Firefighters asking for debt counseling.
- 3) Our account is being handled in a defensive stance.
PUBLIC RELATIONS REPORT: Stacey Dillon
- 1) Several brochures are being worked on:
- a. Associate membership
- b. Member information
- c. Membership kit
- 2) Due to a large number of turnovers at television & radio stations, education training on the Association is being conducted.
- 3) Upcoming bills that need to be monitored:
- a. Legalize marijuana
- b. Texting while driving
- 4) Redaction process
MERCHANDISE REPORT: Tim Kvochick
- a. A limited number of new fleece jackets are in — $30.00
- b. New coffee mugs are $10.00
- c. All the oil paintings which the Association had were donated to the Time-Out Shelter located in Payson.
- d. 25 Year Anniversary books are being given away, if anyone would like one contact Tim.
District 7 – Raul Garcia, Jr.
Officer Wilson is out of the hospital, had two surgeries with two more scheduled.
Northern-Western Air Rescue – Mike Strohmeyer
Shortage of pilots
PRESENTATION 20-YEAR RINGS:
President Chavez presented 20-year ring to Paul Mudd
GUEST SPEAKER: Director Robert Halliday
•1) Wanted to thank everyone for the letters & e-mails sent in for his support as Director.
•2) Department Budget Cuts:
•a. Agency has never been there before
•b. Protect every Sergeant and Officer position if possible.
•c. Re-org will take place over the next couple of weeks.
•d. We are looking at everything critical to put more people on the road.
•e. Changing from four Divisions to three Divisions.
•f. Photo Enforcement:
- 1. Would like to have people on the road stopping violators rather than having photos taken.
- 2. Program should not be about money but traffic safety.
- 3. Would like to be on the re-org committee if photo enforcement stays.
•3) Command positions are going back to traditional ranks.
•4) Director meetings are back on the table.
•5) Director Halliday introduced Lt. Col. Hegarty (Highway Patrol) & Lt. Col. Stanhepe (C.I.).
•6) Capitol Police is moving over to the Department.
•7) Looking at keeping Liquor where they are pending further study.
•8) Off duty construction, would like to see HP Officers working sites rather than other agencies.
GUEST SPEAKER: Governor Janice Brewer
- 1) Wanted to thank the Association for the support on the one cent sales tax.
- 2) Welcomed Director Halliday as the new Dept. of Public Safety Director.
- 3) Talked about various budget issues.
President Chavez advised the Board that Tom Horne attended one of our meetings several months ago seeking our endorsement for Attorney General. Motion was made by Jim Oien, seconded by Bill Rogers to endorse Mr. Horne in the primary election. Motion carried.
Greg Robinson advised the Board that the Bob Martin cleanup was very well attended last weekend.
Kevin McNichols advised that the Skip Fink award is going to Terry Johnson. The Mary Bauman award is going to Beverly Fuller.
President Chavez addressed the Board on several items:
•a. Western States conference – location to be announced.
•b. Retiree Recognition Award from the Department and Association is being worked on by the membership work group. They will review and advise.
•c. Third Party off-duty law – omnibus bill, wants to fix so the money will go towards retirement. Have to change the language of the definition of “compensation” to allow income to go towards retirement.
•d. National Police Week – Mike Strohmeyer and one pending member will be going back to Washington D.C. in May.
•e. Association’s Officer Memorial Ceremony will be held at Phoenix headquarters on May 3rd.
Dave Schroder advised the new flag holders for the Department’s Officer Memorial in Phoenix will be started tomorrow. Also new gravel will be placed around the Officer Memorial.
NEW VERIZON REP:
New Verizon Rep will be Bethann Bulter. Her telephone number is 602-531-2350. Colleen Girard & Beverly Fuller will be the Association’s contacts with her.
- 1. Member rates:
- a. 18% off monthly access charges
- b. 25% off equipment charges
- c. 20% off data access charges
- d. 1 year contact
- e. 10 month upgrades
REQUEST FOR FUNDING:
Greg Robinson would like to see the Association earmark funds for the various Officer Mile clean-ups in the State.
President Chavez, on behalf of D.J. Hanson, Badge #4698, requested $275.00 for a group cost to allow his National Guard unit to take part in the 21st Annual 2010 Bataan Memorial Death March being held on March 21. The event will be held at the White Sands Missile range in New Mexico. Motion was made by Pat Eagan, seconded by Matt Rosemeyer. Motion carried.
President Chavez, on behalf of the 100 Club, requested $1000.00 to sponsor the 2010 42nd annual dinner & banquet being held at the Corona Ranch in Laveen, Arizona. The requested fund would provide for the Association’s name on a banner, 10 tickets, and a table. Motion made by Dave Schroder, seconded by JoAnne Kurgan. Motion carried.
President Chavez wanted to inform all members and players for the annual golf tournament being held in Prescott to make their reservations. The number for the Prescott Resort is 928-776-1666. Tournament will be held on June 12th.
Motion to adjourn by Nate Teel, seconded by J.R. Ham. MOTION CARRIED.
Next meeting will be held on March 17, 2010, at the Phoenix Mountain Preserve & Reception Center located at 1431 East Dunlap. Meeting will start at 0900 hours.
Jim Bee, Recording Secretary
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