The January 2009 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
Immediate past President Andy Swann
D-1 Dave Stopke
D-2 & Northern
Vice President Mark Haughey
D-3 & Recording Secretary (proxy) Celina Murrieta-Gonzales
D-8 Kevin McNichols
D-9 Chris Lentz
D-13 (Metro East) Bill Rogers
D-15 Matt Rosemeyer
Northern/Western Air Rescue Dave Garrison
Executive Vice President
& OCI Bob Gilbert
OCN II John Eccles
Civilian Northern Zone Becky Smith
Civilian Central Zone I Mike Sloneker
Civilian Zone II Vicki Williams
Civilian Southern Zone &
Southern Vice President Celina Murrieta-Gonzales
Retired Central Zone (Proxy) J.R. Ham
Retired Southern Zone J.R. Ham
Retired Civilian Betty Gallery
Treasurer Dave Schroder
Asst. Treasurer &
Ring Coordinator Bev Fuller
AHPA STAFF PRESENT:
Executive Secretary Colleen Girard
Legal Counsel Greg Robinson
Legal Services Michael Napier, Jan Feltz, Jim Abdo.
FLOWERS / THANK YOU LETTERS:
NEW SWORN MEMBERS:
David Duran, #7217
NEW CIVILIAN MEMBERS:
Graciano Cervantes, #5181
MEMBERS WHO HAVE RETIRED:
MEMBERS WHO HAVE LEFT DPS:
Sworn: Richard Albrecht, #7059
Delton Munday #6488
SICK & DISTRESSED:
Retiree Jim Eaves and wife Fran are asking for your prayers for their 15 year old granddaughter, Carlene. She was very recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and undergoing extensive tests to determine her treatment.
DEATHS – FAMILY:
Mr. Joe Gonzales, father of Retired Sergeant Anita Schneider #3053 passed away on December 27, 2008.
Sgt Brad Elliot, #5286, father passed away.
DEATHS – LINE OF DUTY:
One hundred thirty-two (132) Police Officers died in the line of duty in 2008. This is 56 officers less than were killed in 2007. Eight Officers have died since the last meeting, 4 at the end of 2008 and 4 have died thus far this year:
Three were struck by vehicles
Two succumbed to duty related illnesses
Two were killed by gunfire
One was killed by vehicular collision
All eight were male
1) Police Officer Mark Simmons
Amarillo Police Department, Texas
Age 31 Years of Service 6
Killed Wednesday, December 17, 2008
2) Deputy Sheriff Jeremy Keith Carter
Evangeline Parish Sheriff”s Department, Louisiana
Age 22 Years of Service 3 months
Killed Friday, December 19, 2008
Duty related illness
3) Deputy Sheriff William K. Chadwell
Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio
Age 70 Years of Service not available
Killed Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Struck by vehicle
4) Police Officer Mason Samborski
Oak park Police Department, Michigan
Age 28 Years of Service 4 years
Killed Sunday, December 28, 2008
5) Senior Corporal Norman Smith
Dallas Police Department, Texas
Age 43 Years of Service 18 years
Killed Tuesday, January 6, 2009
6) Detention Officer Cesar Arreola
El Paso County Sheriff’s Department, Texas
Age 37 Years of Service 1 year, 2 months
Killed Sunday, January 18, 2009
Duty related illness
7) Police Officer Jarod Dean
Boston Heights Police Department, Ohio
Age 24 Years of Service 2 years, 6 months
Killed Monday, January 19, 2009
Struck by vehicle
8) Deputy Sheriff Dominique Smith
Torrance County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico
Age not available Years of Service 7 years
Killed Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Struck by vehicle
For more information on these officers, refer to www.odmp
[Officer Down Memorial Page])
Raul Garcia gave a briefing on his trip to Oregon State Trooper funeral. He was asked to participate in the flag folding and the rifle ceremony. Raul was appreciative to have been able to represent AHPA and DPS. President Chavez advised the Board he received many compliments on Raul’s presence at the funeral.
A MOMENT OF SILENCE WAS HELD.
Seat New Board Members & Proxies
Motion from Dave Schroder, seconded by Dave Stopke to accept the consent agenda. Motion Carried.
GUEST SPEAKER – DIRECTOR ROGER VANDERPOOL:
Director Vanderpool addressed the Board regarding several topics:
– Challenging times, seeing rapid growth
– Governor Brewer will be sworn in this afternoon
– Phil Case, Tim Chung testifying on bills today
– On January 27th at 1:30 DPS will have first hearing on the budget in the Senate followed by 1:30 p.m. January 28th in the House.
– Our budget had $7.8M cut last year; the legislative cuts now total $10M. The goal of Executive Staff is to preserve jobs – no promises beyond that, everything is on the table. In regards to performance pay, no plans to do anything differently than what we are doing.
– GIITEM continues to be funded well
– VCAT fully funded.
– Over the next few months may see some assets offered up for sale, have not been told to do that
– There are some things you need to do your jobs, but we need people to do the jobs first & foremost.
– Director requested the Association to be at the budget hearings in support of the agency’s agenda. Additionally, requested Association members contact their legislative representatives as well as the Governor’s office.
– We can expect a lot of changes over the next year, there will be few promotions and squads may be consolidated.
– The hope is that you have a job in 6 months, but the job you have now may not be the job you have in 6 months.
– Director values and respects any ideas the Association may have and requests they be funneled through President Chavez.
– Photo enforcement – made first deposit, 4850K into general fund, this is now under attack. The Director believes this is working to slow traffic, and safety continues to be the key.
Legislative Bills introduced by the agency:
– allow DPS to self inspect school buses.
– add ‘peace officer’ for the lawful assembly for dispersal order
– allow impoundment of vehicles for DL without proper endorsements
– legislative study committee to research sex offender notification
act. This is a requirement because of the enormous costs to the
State due to the program.
If President Calderon doesn’t win this battle in Mexico we may have it here. There have been 5,000 deaths in one year.
The Duty logs, minus accidents, are being sent to legislators on a daily basis to educate them on the high criminal activity DPS handles.
Museum – Hopes the work continues. To have the ability to cherish and appreciate the work done by others that came before us.
Q. Any sense of how Governor Brewer feels on Law Enforcement?
A. Likes DPS, fan of Law Enforcement.
Q. Grant Program, not withstanding, does DPS have projects ready if state should receive money?
A. Yes. Build out of Southern Headquarters, along with the Crime Lab. Aviation, upgrade in surveillance capabilities. COPS Grant fully funded.
Q. Reference the Mexico issue, Hidalgo issues long-rifles as a result of officer safety and the ability to return fire. What is your position?
A. Do what you have to do survive. I’m not telling you that you
should fire across international lines, but we pay you to go
home. Our folks have the tools to defend themselves and go home.
Q. Regarding the Nogales issue, we’re trying to get Intell. It’s taking 5 weeks to get confirmation. We see pictures the next day following an incident, we work 1 mile away. We know its happening; trying to convince others is the issue.
A. My hope is that our new Secretary of Homeland Security has more of an idea of what is going on, border violence intell, what’s good. Heard for 4 years about gaps, unfunded mandates, etc.
Q. It’s challenging to keep my guys alert with 40 caliber, deal mentally with grenades being used 1 mile south of us without being callused. Second issue, photo enforcement- traffic is going smoother. You see people going through texting, we’ve got bank robbers – why aren’t we on a soap box with media on it? It’s an opportunity.
A. Jim Warriner is putting out our position of the system. It’s a strong system
Q. The crime lab has added positions over the last few years, now we can’t do anything, no chemicals or supplies.
A. Read the chairman’s proposed budget
Q. Ask for donations, Phoenix 100club, etc to keep our state safe, they would be willing to provide money for those supplies.
A. YOU can do anything
Q. Retirement – is DROPS going away?
A. DPS doesn’t want it to go away
Q. Early buyout, similar to SLIM, is that option?
A. No, there is no money to do it.
Q. Sick Leave buyout – is it going away?
A. Has not gotten to it yet.
Q. Any discussion on Multi-agency task forces?
A. GIITEM funded well, any changes – match of 15% to 20%.
Q. ADOT construction – the new president discussed new infrastructure, federal stimulus?
A. We did send a new IGA to ADOT and it was basically just returned. Director sits on a federal committee – hopeful we will get an IGA with ADOT.
Q. D-12 officers have a quota, 1200 stops in a year. MDC traffic restricted and radio traffic is too much.
A. Director has not issued a quota.
Q. Uniform Allowance – staying.
A. Suspended until further direction from Governor Brewer. Current costs are $522K. After 1/27 or 1/28 we will issue a state of the agency budget.
Q. Motorcycles – Harleys vs. Honda’s.
A. Harley’s cost $5k less up front and are made in America. So that does two things – it keeps someone employed and keeps our costs down.
Q. Safety is the big concern.
A. We’ve looked at the safety reports also, and it’s tough at this time with the economy.
Steve Pomerantz – Presentation
Mr. Pomerantz of the Phoenix Coyotes presented President Chavez with several team items in recognition of working with them.
– Team signed hokey goalie stick
– 2 different Autographed pucks/pictures with certificates of authenticity
– 4 tickets for Edmonton vs. Phoenix
– Watches and posters
Presentation – Pete Sadler
Pete Sadler was presented with a plaque by President Chavez in recognition and appreciation of his many years of service to the AHPA as a board member.
Concerns regarding the 2010 budget, legislature is entertaining an additional 10% cut across the board. The cut is being left up to the agency head to determine what programs go and to implement.
Some concerns from officers that not enough has been done by AHPA regarding the uniform allowance. President Chavez did everything he could to try to convince the Dep. Director not to cut this. He suggested other options which were not accepted.
Treasurer’s Report – Dave Schroder
General Checking: $ 163,538.88
Savings: $ 56,762.29
Merchandise: $ 8,095.09
Bass: $ 1,676.89
Rodeo: $ 15,288.62
Golf: $ 26,432.31
Raffle: $ 26,994.16**
Charities: $ 9,486.60
PAC $ 23,979.29
Heber – AHPA Cabin $ 1,617.51
Merrill Lynch $ 337,113.00
Monument Account $ 13,783.00
Snedaker Account (Originally) $ 40,084.00
(Remaining) $ 16,467.24
Funding Requests (Budgeted) $ 5,000.00
July 2008 0.00
Balance $ 4,086.56
Sick & Distressed (Budgeted) $ 4,000.00
July 2008 0.00
Balance $ 3,750.00
** All prizes have been paid.
Civilian rings can now be ordered. We can probably begin to take sworn ring orders in February.
Jan Feltz addressed the Board on two issues:
a) One matter at POST.
b) Introduced Jim Abdo, an additional attorney at Napier’s office available to the membership.
Greg Robinson reported to the Board on several issues:
1) Attended debtor exam where Mr. Paul Sennett would be served. He did not appear; therefore a civil arrest warrant will be issued.
2) Theodore Edwards dropped off post-dated checks to Greg’s office for his loan balance and those were turned over to the Treasurer.
3) Reviewed the Strategic Report on the WEB, encouraged everyone to provide feedback to Bob Gilbert.
MERCHANDISE REPORT – TIM KVOCHICK:
There are new pens labeled with ‘Arizona Highway Patrol’ available for $10.00.
Tim will also be selling merchandise at a conference on Sunday and Monday in Mesa.
District 1 – Dave Stopke advised he spoke with one member that left AHPA and money was a factor. The member advised he will be looking at it again in 6 months.
District 8 – Kevin McNichols reported the Manny Tapia clean-up was a good & successful event; 30 volunteers came out, pictures will be available for the magazine. Kevin also spoke with Ted Edwards and provided him the electronic version of the paperwork to reinstate his membership.
Civilian – Vickie Williams advised she will be posting the nomination form for the upcoming award ceremonies for the Skip Fink & Mary Baumann Awards. Vickie also has fielded many calls for the magazine.
Civilian Retired- Betty Gallery was asked about our involvement with the COPS organization. She reported that Mrs. Rebel voiced concerned there was no DPS/AHPA representation at a recent event.
District 9 – Chris Lentz reported that Bobby is back to work on light duty. Commander Scarber is checking to see if he can return full-time.
District 7 – Raul Garcia reported his unit will be downsizing when Sgt Kenyon retires, their squad will be redistributed among the other squads. Raul also shared the concerns of the motor units on the agency’s decision to purchase Harley Davidson MC’s. There have been studies that have been shared with the agency on safety and performance which have been returned to the squad. Undetermined whether the scheduled motor school for 3/3 will be held. Concern regarding the blatant name-calling on the FOP website.
District 13/ME – Bill Rogers advised older officers are worried about drops and sick leave payout, while younger officers seem to have many issues they are concerned about.
OCI – John Eccles advised he spoke with a member that left the organization. The reason was for personal financial issues.
Sworn Retiree’s – J.R. Ham reported that the he processed 3-4 calls on the magazine layout. He spoke with Vicki and all was resolved.
Dave Schroder – Scholarship issues being worked out.
District 5/MC – Tim Kvochick advised there are sworn personnel leaving his year wanting to take a civilian job at DPS want to know if there is any recourse if they don’t get it when they are more than qualified.
Civilian Southern – Celina Murrieta-Gonzales reported several contacts have voiced concern over possibility of losing performance pay and shift differential; lastly CORP still not a reality which continues to be a concern.
Civilian Central-Mike Sloniker reported he sent out 176 surveys to his constituents and within 2 days had 60 returned. Most are concerned about performance pay.
District 12/MW – Matt Rosemeyer also reported his members are concerned about performance pay, uniforms and the quota placed on employees, additional forms required of employees, issues with MDC not being used to their full potential and DVRS.
District 2 – Mark Haughey advised he spoke with 2 individuals that left the organization. Both advised it was because of financial reasons. Mark reminded everyone that the AHPA provides financial planning to the membership at no cost.
Vice-President Gilbert advised the board the pay study we had requested had been completed. Two separate teams completed the assignment; one study is more comprehensive than the other. Once the study has been vetted by ASU Professor Mendez the entire packet can be shared with the entire board.
Reference Leslie Nielsen – the scripts have been sent to Jerry the producer.
V.P. Gilbert also requested everyone look at the strategic plan in order to keep it updated on the website.
Several board positions have terms that expire on January 31. The members were polled to ensure if they would remain in their positions. The Board invites anyone interested in filling a currently vacant position or one that will not remain filled after January 31.
District 1 Dave Stopke remain
District 7/Metro motors Raul Garcia, Jr. remain
District 9 Chris Lentz remain
District 13/ME Bill Rogers remain
District 14/MW VACANT
District 15 Matt Rosemeyer remain
District 16 John P. Smith unknown
No/Western Air Rescue Dave Garrison will NOT remain
So/Central Air Rescue VACANT
Organized Crime/Intell Bob Gilbert remain
Organized Crime/Narcotics VACANT
Organized Crime/Narcotics John Eccles will NOT remain
Retired Sworn Northern VACANT
Civilian Central Zone H-O Michael Sloniker remain
Civilian Central Zone P-Z Vickie Williams remain
Civilian Central Zone A-G Chris Ramsey unknown
Civilian Northern Zone Becky Smith remain
Retired Civilian Betty Gallery remain
REQUEST FOR FUNDING:
Raul Garcia made a motion to fund up to $750.00 for Old timers Motors Day at P.I.R. Motion seconded by Mark Haughey. Discussion held, caveat that pictures and article be included. Motion carried.
Mark Haughey made a motion to fund $500.00 towards two separate Citizen’s Academies in Coconino County. Motion seconded by Becky Smith.
Motion amended by Mark Haughey to fund $250.00 towards both Citizens’ Academies. Motion seconded by Becky Smith. Motion carried.
Membership – someone will get a hold of Bert for the associate membership brochure to continue the work on it.
Awards – Vickie will post nominations on the intranet to be closed by end of February.
Website – Add Opt-out link and tri-fold brochure to website. Get the Old-timers info and post to site also.
Merchandise – looking at purchasing jump drives, place the AHPA info already pre-loaded on them.
Employee pay – wait for AHPA report to be published for all, go from there.
MOTION TO ADJOURN BY KEVIN McNICHOLS, SECONDED BY VICKIE WILLIAMS. MOTION PASSED.
Next meeting will be held on February 18, 2009 at the Phoenix Mountain Preserve & Reception Center at 1431 East Dunlap. Phoenix, Arizona. Meeting will start at 0900 hours.
Jim Bee, Recording Secretary
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