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

Special Projects-Benefits/

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

Thomas Jonovich

Insurance Advisor                 Robert Jagus

MEMBERS PRESENT:

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

Bruce Flickinger


GUESTS:

C.E. Fuller

Scott Smith

FLOWERS / THANK YOU LETTERS:

Flowers – Pat Eagan

Thank You Letters – None

Cards – Aaron Jacobs

NEW SWORN MEMBERS:

None

NEW CIVILIAN MEMBERS:

None

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

Civilian: None

NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBERS:

Larry Noack

NEW LIFETIME MEMBER:

None

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

Automobile Collision

  • 2) Chief of Police Carl Worley

Ross Township P.D., Ohio

Age 57   Years of Service – 13

Killed Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Heart Attack

  • 3) Lt. Eric Lewis Shuhandler

Gilbert P.D., Arizona

Age 42     Years of Service – 16

Killed Thursday, January 28, 2010

Gunfire

4) Investigator Jerry Crabtree

Franklin County Sheriff’s Dept., Tennessee

Age 76   Years of Service – 54

Killed Friday, January 29, 2010

Automobile Collision

5) Agent Frank Glover

South Carolina Public Safety Authority

Age 61   Years of Service – 38

Killed Friday, January 29, 2010

Assault

6) Juvenile Detention Officer Leonard Wall

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas

Age 58  Years of Service – N/A

Killed Sunday, January 31, 2010

Assault

7) Trooper Andrew C. Baldridge

Ohio State Highway Patrol

Age 25   Years of Service – 2 months

Killed Thursday, February 4, 2010

Automobile Collision

8) Senior Parole Agent Ellane Aimiuwu

Illinois Dept. of Corrections

Age 57  Years of Service – 12

Killed Sunday, February 7, 2010

Automobile Collision

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

Automobile Collision

11) Captain Timothy Joel Bergeron

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Department, Louisiana

Age 49     Years of Service – 25

Killed Sunday, February 7, 2010

Motorcycle Collision

12) Deputy Sheriff Don McCutcheon

Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri

Age 36     Years of Service – 1

Killed Monday, February 8, 2010

Heart Attack

13) Police Officer David T. Zolendziewski

Holyoke P.D., Massachusetts

Age 53     Years of Service – 23

Killed Thursday, February 11, 2010

Automobile Collision

14) Deputy Sheriff Davy Wayne Crawford

Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia

Age 55     Years of Service – 29

Killed Friday, February 12, 2010

Automobile Collision

15) Police Officer Robert (Bob) Heinle

Missoula P.D., Montana

Age 47     Years of Service – 7

Killed Friday, 12, 2010

Gunfire

16) Lt. Michael Vogt

Chattahoochee Hills, P.D., Georgia

Age 60     Years of Service – 1 year, 2 months

Killed Monday, February 15, 2010

Gunfire

For more information on these officers, refer to www.odmp

[Officer Down Memorial Page]

A MOMENT OF SILENCE WAS HELD.

CONSENT AGENDA:

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

Expenditures

July 2009                               313.00

August                                1,200.00

September                               150.00

October                                 110.00

November                                500.00

December                                650.00

January                                 950.00

February                                  0.00

March                                     0.00

April                                     0.00

May                                       0.00

Balance                             $ 1,127.00

Sick & Distressed (Budgeted)     $    4,000.00

Expenditures

July 2009                                 0.00

August                                    0.00

September                                 0.00

October                                   0.00

November                                  0.00

December                                304.15

January 2010                              0.00

February                                  0.00

March                                     0.00

April                                     0.00

May                                       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 REPORTS:

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.

OLD BUSINESS:

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.

NEW BUSINESS:

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:

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.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jim Bee, Recording Secretary

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