The meeting was called to order at 1000 hours by President Jimmy Chavez at the Elwood Building located at I-10 & University Drive, Phoenix. President Chavez led 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
D-4 Ed Simpson
D-7 Raul Garcia Jr
D-8 Kevin McNichols
D-9 Robby Craig
D-11 Bert Chaney
D-12 Nathan Teel
D-13 (Metro East) Bill Rogers
D-14 (Metro West) Mike McCall
Northern/Western Air Rescue Dave Garrisen
OCI & Executive Vice President Bob Gilbert
OCN/II (Southern CI) John Eccles
Civilian Central Zone II Vickie Williams
Civilian Southern Zone &
Southern Vice President Celina Murrieta Gonzales
Civilian Northern Zone Rebecca Smith
Retired Southern Zone J.R. Ham
Retired Civilian Betty Gallery
Treasurer Dave Schroder
AHPA STAFF PRESENT:
Executive Secretary – Colleen Girard
Legal Counsel – Greg Robinson
Lobbyist – Nicole LaSlavic
Legal Services – Anthony Cowy
FLOWERS / THANK YOU LETTERS:
Flowers – none
Thank You Letters – none
NEW SWORN MEMBERS:
Frank E. Bracamonte #1583 Henry A. Thomason #6451
Fernando Ayon #6905 David A. Demlong #7024
Pedro Pena III #7029 Lori D. Carver #7034 Christopher A. Kisser #7034 Clifton M. Bryson #7046
Lucas C. Rothpletz #7048 Brad G. Martin #7094
Joseph T. Ramsey #7098 James F. Smith #7102
Daniel J. Grism #7103 John E. Crysler #7143
Scott P. Martin #7144 Kenneth P. Upton #7145
NEW CIVILIAN MEMBERS:
Alex Lopez #5820
Angela J. Cofield #6527
Myria Kramer #6817
MEMBERS WHO HAVE RETIRED:
Sergio A. Miranda #3981
Peter Onni #5773
MEMBERS WHO HAVE LEFT DPS:
SICK & DISTRESSED:
DEATHS – LINE OF DUTY / FAMILY:
Mr. Frank Trapp, father of Sgt. Jeff Trapp #xxxx, passed away on December 20th.
Mr. William Baxter, grandfather of Officer Jennifer McGrath #6138, passed away on December 26th.
Retired K-9 Robbie, passed away on December 26th.
Retired K-9 Luke, passed away on December 26th.
Retired Member David C. Holton Jr #107, passed away on December 29th.
Retired member Harvey M. Golightly #49, passed away on January 11th.
181 Police Officers died in the line of duty in 2007. 68 Officers were killed by gunfire, (4) were killed by accidental gunfire. May was the month with the most deaths (24). January & September had the least (11). The State of Texas had the highest number of Officers killed (22). The average time of service was 10 years, 8 months. The average age was 38. Of the 181 Officers killed, 173 were male & 4 were female.
Ten Officers have died since the last meeting, six died at the end of 2007 and four have died thus far this year.
Five were killed by gunfire, one was accidental
One was killed in an automobile collision
Three were killed by vehicular assault, (one by a drunk driver, and one K-9 was killed with his Officer).
One was struck by a vehicle
Four were from Municipal Agencies
Four were from County Agencies
Two were from State or Federal agencies (Maryland Transportation Authority & Guam Police Department).
All tem were male
1) Police Officer James Saavedra
Port of Corpus Christi P.D., Texas
Age 40 Years of Service N/A
Killed Wednesday, December 19, 2007
2) Deputy Sheriff Vu Nguyen
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, California
Age 37 Years of Service 7
Killed Wednesday, December 19, 2007
3) Police Officer Christopher Nicholson
Smithsburg P.D., Maryland
Age 25 Years of Service 1
Killed Wednesday, December 19, 2007
4) Deputy Sheriff Chad McDonald
Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia
Age 29 Years of Service 4
Killed Friday, December 21, 2007
5) Police Officer Brian Evans
Mansfield P.D., Ohio
Age 37 Years of Service 10
Killed Wednesday, December 26, 2007
6) Police Officer Frank E. Smith
Guam P.D., Guam
Age 35 Years of Service N/A
Killed Sunday, December 30, 2007
7) Corporal Courtney G. Brooks
Maryland Transportation Authority P.D., Maryland
Age 40 Years of Service 13
Killed Tuesday, January 1, 2008
8) Deputy Sheriff Jason S. Zunker
Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department, Wisconsin
Age 31 Years of Service 4
Killed Saturday, January 5, 2008
Struck by vehicle
9) Detective James Walker
Miami P.D., Florida
Age 30 Years of Service 8
Killed Tuesday, January 8, 2008
10) Deputy Sheriff Sean Pursifull
Bell County Sheriff’s Department, Kentucky
Age 31 Years of Service N/A
Killed Thursday, January 10, 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
Dave Garrisen Northern/Western Air Rescue
Eddie Simison D-4
Motion from Mark Haughey, seconded by Dave Schroder to accept the consent agenda. Motion Passed.
PRESIDENT JIMMY CHAVEZ:
President Chavez addressed the Board on the upcoming budget submitted by the Governor:
a) 3 million for sworn pay
b) 100% of photo enforcement money going to DPS to supplant budget.
c) New uniforms will not be arriving this month, hopefully in mid-February to march. Officers can go to the following
d) website: http://store.sug.biz\ahp. By entering your last name & Badge number (the password is your badge), you can go in and change your password.
e) National Police Week: Officer Keeton’s family will be going back to Washington DC for the Memorial week. Nathan Teel will be lead escort with Bill Rogers as second escort.
The Association has implanted a committee process which allows committees to meet during the agenda time and report back the
same day. This process will make it easier to meet and function efficiently. The committee reports are:
Working on new pictures, graphics, articles, and information for the AHPA website, www.ahpa.com
Looking into developing a flyer/brochure which will list the benefits of our membership benefits.
By Law Committee
Revising each section of the By-Laws, Reviewed and updated Article 2 Section 2.
Working on a nomination form which will be sent out to members for names submitted with some background information supporting the nomination) for sworn & civilian. Looking into different types of awards.
General Checking: $ 141,958.59
Savings: $ 56,023.15
Merchandise: $ 15,156.56
Bass: $ 940.82
Rodeo: $ 7,151.55
Golf: $ 18,113.48
Raffle: $ 94,902.24
Charities: $ 23,434.60
PAC: $ 40,076.43
Merrill Lynch $ 443,220.00
Monument Account $ 14,191.00
Snedaker Account (Originally) $ 40,084.00
(Remaining) $ 21,784.00
Funding Requests (Budgeted) $ 5,000.00
Sick & Distressed (Budgeted) $ 4,000.00
Western Air Rescue (Donation) $ 1000.00
May (2007) $ 435.00
Balance $ 565.00
Dave Schroder advised the Board of one donation from a Motorist Assist from #5840 $20.00.
Dave also advised the Board of a new policy which assists new members to offset the initial out of pocket expenses for equipment that the Department does not totally cover or reimburse.
Each Cadet Officer who joins the Association while attending the academy will receive $200.00 to help offset the un-reimbursed expenses for his/her initial equipment.
New members must maintain their membership in the Association for a minimum of one year.
New insurance policy on the property/houses located at Forest Lakes, amount $1 Million.
Greg Robinson reported on the following matters:
1) Re-payment on an outstand loan.
2) Will be contacting a member in reference to a new out-standing loan.
DISTRICT REP REPORTS:
District 9 – Robby Craig
a) Xmas Teddy Bears were given out
District 12 – Nathan Teel
a) Update on last year’s Make-a-wish, horse trailer given.
District 2 – Mark Haughey
a) Member had requested information on our scholarships
Sworn & Civilian Retires – Betty Gallery & J.R. Ham
a) Numerous questions on our proposed health care
b) Advised that surviving spouse benefit increased from $200 to $500.
District 8 – Kevin McNichols
a) Officer Ibarra organized Sgt. Tapia’s highway cleanup &
Memorial site on Interstate 19, KM 15-17. Following was a
BBQ. (Photo’s will be sent to the AHPA Magazine).
b) Officer Quentin Mehr looking into the cost of setting up a
booth at the Fall Southern Arizona Home Builders
Association, to sell raffle tickets for the Rodeo.
c) Re-contacted on follow up request for cabin phone books, and asked if there was an outside electric plug-in for RV’s.
d) RODEO REPORT – Celina & Robbie have complied a list of their contacts.
District 3 – Jim Bee
a) On December 24th, Sgt. Alvarez, Sgt. Cirre, Sgt. Enteman, Officer Beyer & Michelle Gioglio delivered toys to three local families. Toys were provided by the W. Steven Martin Law Enforcement Toy Drive.
b) Also on December 24th, toys ere delivered to an orphanage near Joseph City. Toys were supplied by W. Steven martin & the Department’s Family Support Group. The orphanage houses fifteen kids, from 11 months to 17 years.
c) On December 25th, Officer Milius, Officer XXXXXX, Apache County DLO Gerald Thomas, & Jim Bee delivered approximately 60 Teddy Bears to the Summit Hospital located in Show Low. Later that evening, 10 Bears were delivered to the SAFE house located in Pinetop.
Southern Civilian – Celina Murrieta Gonzales
Recruited 3 new members
Memorial Update from Bob Gilbert: The events will take place on May 5th. Memorial coins will be on sale prior to and during the events. Dave Schroder advised that he has located an engraver to add the Badge number and last name of the fallen Officer on the rocker located at the bottom of the coin. One set will be done to present one to a representative of each fallen officer family, one set will be placed in a shadow box and presented to the
Department at the memorial service, and one set will be given to the Governor.
Dave Schroder presented to the Board the new policy 08-01, which was reviewed. Motion made by Robbie Craig, seconded by Bob Gilbert to accept the new policy. Motion Passed.
Motion made by Bob Gilbert to place a Fallen Officer License Plate on the Association vehicle, seconded by Pat Eagan. Discussion was held on the verbiage to be selected; one possibility was “NVR4GET”. All Board members were asked to bring suggestions to the next meeting. Motion was tabled by Bob Gilbert pending suggestions being submitted.
Motion made by Pat Eagan, seconded by Bill Rogers to move the annual monthly meetings from the Elwood building back to the Phoenix Mountain Preserve Reception Center. The current location does not fill our requirements for the meetings. Motion Passed.
MOTION TO ADJOURN BY NATHAN TEEL, SECONDED BY MARK HAUGHEY. MOTION PASSED.
Next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 20th, 2008 at the Phoenix Mountain Preserve Reception Center. Meeting will start at 0900 hours.
Jim Bee, Recording Secretary
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