The meeting was called to order at 0900 hours by
President Jimmy Chavez at the Phoenix Mountain
Preserve. President Chavez led the meeting with the
Pledge of Allegiance.
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
President Jimmy Chavez
D-2 & Northern Vice President Mark Haughey
D-3 & Recording Secretary Jim Bee
D-4 Ed Simpson
D-5 (Metro Central) Tim Kvochick
D-6 Chris Dunn
D-8 Kevin McNichols
D-11 (Proxy) Jim Bee
D-12 (Proxy) Tim Kvochick
D-13 (Metro East) (Proxy) Tim Kvochick
D-14 Mike McCall
D-15 (Proxy) Mark Haughey
OCI & Executive Vice President Bob Gilbert
OCN/II John Eccles
Civilian Central Zone II Vickie Williams
Civilian Central Zone III Chris Ramsey
Civilian Southern Zone &
Southern Vice President Celina Murrieta Gonzales
Civilian Northern Zone Rebecca Smith
Retired Central Zone (Proxy) J.R. Ham
Retired Southern Zone J.R. Ham
Retired Civilian Betty Gallery
Treasurer Dave Schroder
Assistant Treasurer &
Ring Coordinator Beverly Fuller
AHPA STAFF PRESENT:
Executive Secretary – Colleen Girard
Legal Counsel – Greg Robinson
Financial Advisor – Thomas Jonovich
Magazine – Paul Dinerman
Jo Erikson – California Casualty
George Shapcott – California Casualty
FLOWERS / THANK YOU LETTERS:
Flowers – none
Thank You Letters – Bernice Bouley
NEW SWORN MEMBERS:
Ezekiel Santiago #7018
Joseph P. Wilson #7150
NEW CIVILIAN MEMBERS:
Anne R. Dunlap #7101
MEMBERS WHO HAVE RETIRED: none
MEMBERS WHO HAVE LEFT DPS:
SICK & DISTRESSED:
Mike Cass #854 is recovering from double lung transplant surgery done on February 10th.
Officer Bryan Clark was struck by a vehicle last Saturday on Interstate 10 near Casa Grande. He sustained minor injuries and was released.
DEATHS – LINE OF DUTY / FAMILY:
Mr. Ed Kasun, father of retired Sergeant Kelly Kasun passed away.
Samuel A. Lewis #2725, former Department of Public Safety Deputy Director, and former Director of the Department of Corrections, passed away 0n March 10th.
Since the first of the year there have been 27 Police Officers killed in the line of duty nationally. Seven Officers have died since the last meeting.
Two were killed by gunfire
Three were killed in automobile collisions
One was killed in a motorcycle collision
One died from exposure to Toxins (Meth Lab)
Three were from Municipal Agencies
One was from a County Agency
One was from a State Agency (Nevada Highway Patrol)
Two were from Federal Agencies (Chickasaw Lighthorse P.D. & United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Montana
Five were male
Two were female
1) Criminal Investigator Denise Phoenix
United States Department of the Interior –
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Age 43 Years of Service N/A
Killed Thursday, February 4, 2008
Exposure to Toxins (Meth Lab)
2) Corporal Harry Thielepage
Harris County Constable’s Office–Precinct 6, Texas
Age 57 Years of Service 12
Killed Wednesday, February 20, 2008
3) Senior Corporal Victor Lozada-Tirado
Dallas P.D., Texas
Age 49 Years of Service 20
Killed Friday, February 22, 2008
4) Police Officer Mark Beck
Baton Rouge City P.D., Louisiana
Age 33 Years of Service 12
Killed Monday, February 25, 2008
5) Trooper Kara M. Kelly-Borgognone
Nevada Highway Patrol
Age 33 Years of Service 10
Killed Thursday, February 28, 2008
6) Police Officer Derek Owens
Cleveland P.D., Ohio
Age 36 Years of Service 10
Killed Saturday, March 1, 2008
7) Special Agent Robert Patrick Flickinger
Chickasaw Lighthorse P.D., Tribal Police
Age 37 Years of Service 16
Killed Friday, March 7, 2008
For more information on these officers, refer to www.odmp
[Officer Down Memorial Page])
A MOMENT OF SILENCE WAS HELD
President Jimmy Chavez wanted to ask everyone to be aware of the danger of Meth Labs, due to the death of Investigator Denise Phoenix.
Last Month”s Minutes
Seat New Board Members/Proxies
Motion from Dave Schroder, seconded by Celina Murrieta-Gonzales, to accept the consent agenda. Motion Passed
COMMITTEE BREAK-OUT: REPORTS
Awards – Ceremony in May
Membership – Handed out tri-fold brochure for membership
Website – A few changes have been made, continuing to work on
By-Laws – Continuing to work on By-Laws updates
GUEST SPEAKER: Sgt. Gary Durree
On May 11th, Sgt. Durree and a small group of cyclists will start on a 360 mile bicycle ride, starting at the New Mexico state line to the California state line. This ride is to raise money for the 100 Club of Arizona. The event will take place during the National Police Week May 11th-17th. The purpose of the tour will be to honor the memory of all Arizona fallen Police Officers & Firefighters. This will be the finishing touch of Sgt. Durree’s law enforcement career of 34 years. Go to www.100club.org or contact Sgt. Durree at 520-444-4654 for details.
Motion made by John Eccles to fund $500.00 towards this ride. 2nd by Kevin McNichols. Motion voted on and passed.
Greg Robinson reported on the following matters:
1) Due to a very late member’s loan not being paid back to the Association, Greg sent a letter with no response. Lawsuit was filed.
2) Received a letter from the IRS in regards to the Associations group exemption. Greg replied with a letter again advised them we did not need the exemption.
3) Assisted Tim Kvochick with an art action at the Association locker.
President Jimmy Chavez gave a report on the following pending bills:
a) House Bill 2116 CORP – passed the committee of the whole, was having the 3rd read
b) House Bill 2120- also was having the 3rd read today
c) Redaction bill- passed the committee and now going to the committee of the whole. There is no problem with the changes to RICO.
d) State Budget still being worked on
FINANCIAL ADVISOR: THOMAS JONOVICH,
Mr. Jonovich advised the Board on the status of our various accounts in the current Market.
General Checking: $ 171,240.42
Savings: $ 56,131.03
Merchandise: $ 12,090.05
Bass: $ 1,612.50
Rodeo: $ 7,048.55
Golf: $ 18,068.48
Raffle: $ 69,237.24
Charities: $ 23,454.60
PAC: $ 30,265.27
Merrill Lynch $ 432,630.00
Monument Account $ 14,262.00
Snedaker Account (Originally) $ 40,084.00
(Remaining) $ 21,784.00
Request for Funding(Budgeted) $ 5,000.00
Sick & Distressed (Budgeted) $ 4,000.00
Western Air Rescue (Donation) $ 1000.00
May (2007) $ 435.00
Balance $ 565.00
Tubac Citizen’s Academy – $105.00
$100.00 donation for Code 34 from Joe & Joyce Sierrkoski on behalf of Officer Brian Shaw Badge #6977.
Tim Kvochick reported to the Board on two items:
1) New polo shirts will be in April
2) Due to the art action he made $1,400.00. There are still 50-60 paintings left in the locker.
GUEST SPEAKER: CALIFORNIA CASUALTY
State Account manager George Shapcott & Regional Supervisor Jo Erikson addressed the Board on the annual report. This marks the 20th year the Association has been involved with California Casualty.
GUEST SPEAKER: DAN SABAN
Buckeye Police Chief Dan Saban addressed the Board on his running for Maricopa County Sheriff.
District 8 – Kevin McNichols
a) Rodeo dates for 2008 are November 8th & 9th. Rodeo site will be at the rodeo grounds in Tucson.
b) Checking into doing car seat inspections at the rodeo with GOHS & Safe Kids.
c) Sponsorship letters are being prepared by Celina (electronic version).
The Association’s Officer Memorial service will be held in front of the headquarters building on May 5th. K-9’s have been invited to attend. Banners & designs have been drafted.
President Chavez advised the Board that Andy Swann is looking for volunteers to help walk his district to obtain signatures for his election to the House. Contact President Chavez if you would like to help.
We have a new Verizon Rep – Mr. Sung Chun, he can be contacted at 602-908-2477, or office 480-763-6399.
Retiree Collation has bought new Badges for the Department’s Honor Guard, which will be presented to them this week.
John Eccles asked the Board to look into two items:
1) Vests – Several Officers had bought vests under the Colorado standard, which has been dropped by the Department. The Department now uses the NIJ standard. John wanted the Department to look into the problem of the vests bought under the Colorado standard not being the proper fit as compared to the NIJ standard.
2) New Handgun Policy – Policy stated that anyone within 2 years of completing DROPS will not be issued a new handgun. Purpose of new handguns issue was the 10 year date set by Sig on weapon replacement.
Beverly Fuller – Advised the Board that scholarships from the 100 Club are available. Web site is www.100club.org.
Tim Kvochich asked the Board to consider a weekend at the Association cabin for a raffle prize at the golf tournament. Motion made by Dave Schroder, 2nd by Celina Gonzales to provide a weekend. Motion voted on and passed.
Colleen Girard wanted all members to contact her in reference to having current benefit cards on file.
Motion made by Dave Schroder to endorse Dan Saban as the Democratic candidate in the primary for Maricopa County Sheriff. 2nd by Tim Kvochick. Motion voted on and passed.
MOTION TO ADJOURN BY DAVE SCHRODER, SECONDED BY BOARD.
Next meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 16th, 2008, at the Phoenix Mountain Preserve located at 1431 East Dunlap. Meeting will start at 0900 hours.
Jim Bee, Recording Secretary
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