The May 2009 meeting was called to order at 0900 hours by Executive Vice President Bob Gilbert at the Phoenix Mountain Preserve & Conference center located at 1431 East Dunlap, Phoenix, Arizona.  Executive Vice President Gilbert began the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

President (Proxy)                 Bob Gilbert

Executive Officer                 Pat Eagan

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-11                              Bert Cheney

D-12                              Nathan Teel

D-13 (Metro East)                 Bill Rogers

D-15 (Proxy)                      Jim Bee

D-16                              John P. Smith

Northern & Western Air Rescue     Mike Strohmeyer

Executive Vice President

& OCI                             Bob Gilbert

OCN I                             James Oien

Civilian Northern Zone (Proxy)    Mark Haughey

Civilian Central Zone I

& Crime Lab                       Mike Sloneker

Civilian Zone II (Proxy)          Betty Gallery

Civilian Southern Zone &

Southern Vice President (Proxy)   Jim Bee

Retired Central Zone (Proxy)      J.R. Ham

Retired Southern Zone             J.R. Ham

Retired Civilian                  Betty Gallery

Treasurer                         Dave Schroder

Asst. Treasurer &

Ring Coordinator                  Beverly Fuller

AHPA STAFF PRESENT:

Executive Secretary               Colleen Girard

Legal Counsel                     Greg Robinson

Lobbyist                          Kelsey Lundy

Carli Brooks

Legal Services                    Jan Feltz

Jim Abdo

Financial Advisor                 Thomas Jonovich

MEMBERS PRESENT:

Greg Girard

Fritz Renter

Tom Hasit

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GUESTS:

Stacey Dillon

FLOWERS / THANK YOU LETTERS:

Flowers – Becky Smith

Thank You Letters – Susan Mendez

Becky Smith

Dave Stopke

NEW SWORN MEMBERS:

Kevin Claridge #5694

Stuart R. McGuffin #6922

Casey J. Yartym #7050

NEW CIVILIAN MEMBERS:

None

MEMBERS WHO HAVE RETIRED:

Larry L. Kenyon #2068

MEMBERS WHO HAVE LEFT DPS:

Sworn: William F. Morris #6681

Civilian: None

NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBERS:

James A. Guthrie

SICK & DISTRESSED:

Allan Erickson has been diagnosed with advanced incurable cancer.

Dennis Flatt Badge #531, is undergoing triple bypass surgery.

DEATHS – FAMILY:

Retire Anne Tanis, #1907 passed away on April 2nd.

Retired Lt. Bill Hanger #23, retired passed away on April 26th.

Operational OpComm Senior Police Dispatcher Julie Platt mother & mother-in-law of Officer David Platt passed away on May 4th.

Northern OpComm Dispatcher Becky Smith’s mom passed away.

DEATHS – LINE OF DUTY:

This year 48 Police Officers have died in the line of duty. Eleven more than last year”s total at this time. Thirteen Officers have died since the last meeting:

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Five were killed in vehicle collisions

Three were killed by gunfire

Two were killed in motorcycle collisions

One were killed by vehicle assault

One was killed in an assault

One died due to a duty illness

Five were from Municipal Agencies

Six were from County Agencies

One was from a State Agency (Ohio Department of Youth Services)

One was from a Federal Agency (United States Department of Homeland Security, Border patrol)

All thirteen were male

1)  Police Officer Terry Adams

Tifton P.D., Georgia

Age 38     Years of Service 7

Killed Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Motorcycle Collision

2)  Police Officer Dexter Hammond

Headland P.D., Alabama

Age 38   Years of Service 16

Killed Friday, April 24, 2009

Gunfire

3)  Deputy Sheriff Burton (Burt) Lopez

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Florida

Age 44     Years of Service 6

Killed Saturday, April 25, 2009

Gunfire

4) Deputy Sheriff Warren (Skip) York

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Florida

Age 44    Years of Service 2

Killed Saturday, April 25, 2009

Gunfire

5) Deputy Sheriff Brandon Scott Coker

Vance County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina

Age 27   Years of Service 2 years, 11 months

Killed Saturday, April 25, 2009

Automobile Collision

6) Deputy Sheriff D. Robert Harvey

Lubbock County Sheriff’s Department, Texas

Age 29   Years of Service 7 years, 7 months

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Killed Sunday, April 26, 2009

Automobile Collision

7)  Police Detective Justin Mullis

French Lick P.D., Indiana

Age 48   Years of Service N/A

Killed Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Motorcycle Collision

8) Juvenile Corrections Officer William Hesson

Ohio Department of Youth Services

Age 39     Years of Service 1

Killed Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Assault

9)  Border Patrol Agent Intern Nathaniel A. Afolayan

United States Department of Homeland Security

Customs & Border Protection – Border Patrol

Age 29     Years of Service 2 months, 2 weeks

Killed Friday, May 1, 2009

Duty Related Illness

10) Detective Robert Eugene Beane

Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana

Age 34     Years of Service 24

Killed Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Automobile Collision

11) Police Officer James Manor

Las Vegas Metropolitan P.D., Nevada

Age 28    Years of Service 2

Killed Thursday, May 7, 2009

Vehicular Assault

12) Sergeant Dulan Earl Murray Jr

Nags Head P.D., North Carolina

Age 48     Years of Service 26

Killed Friday, May 15, 2009

Automobile Collision

13) Deputy Sheriff Tom Wilson

Warren County Sheriff’s Department, Mississippi

Age 39     Years of Service 17

Killed Sunday, May 17, 2009

Automobile Collision

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

[Officer Down Memorial Page])

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A MOMENT OF SILENCE WAS HELD.

CONSENT AGENDA:

Correction to last month’s minutes:  In Deaths-Family, Gary Baker was given as Officer.  Mr. Baker works in ITB in the computer room.

Motion was made by Dave Schroder, seconded by Mark Haughey to accept the consent agenda.  Motion carried

TREASURER REPORT: Dave Schroder

General Checking:                $  211,280.49

Savings:                         $   56,811.68

Merchandise:                     $   10,129.36

Bass:                            $    1,479.46

Rodeo:                           $   15,283.62

Golf:                            $   32,961.09

Raffle:                          $   20,514.16

Charities:                       $    9,736.60

PAC                              $   18,934.60

Heber – AHPA Cabin               $    2,532.53

Merrill Lynch                    $  353,030.00

Monument Account                 $   13,796.00

Snedaker Account (Originally)    $   40,084.00

(Remaining)     $   16,467.24

Funding Requests (Budgeted)      $    5,000.00

Expenditures

July 2008                                 0.00

August                                  713.44

September                                 0.00

October                                   0.00

November                                  0.00

December                                200.00

January                                 250.00

February                              2,985.00

March                                     0.00

April                                     0.00

Balance                               $ 851.56

Sick & Distressed (Budgeted)     $    4,000.00

Expenditures

July 2008                                 0.00

August                                  250.00

September                                 0.00

October                                   0.00

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November                                  0.00

December                                  0.00

January                               1,000.00

February                                  0.00

March                                 1,000.00

April                                     0.00

Balance                             $ 1,750.00

LEGISLATIVE REPORT: Kelsey Lundy & Carli Brooks

There are two amendments to Senate Bill 1028 and Senate Bill 1035, both which are budget bills which would greatly affects our members.

Senate Bill 1028 amendment alters the definition of compensation within A.R.S. 38-842, which pertains to the Public Safety Retirement System.  It would not allow any PSPRS member to use overtime compensation from secondary employment to be used in calculating his/her retirement.  Should the Department and ADOT reach an agreement to put our officers back to work at work zones as before, that money earned could not be used in calculating their retirement.

Also language has been added allowing Department dispatchers to transfer into CORP from ASRS with a deadline for this transfer of October 1st, 2009.  Any dispatcher hired after that date would not be eligible to enter CORP.

Senate Bill 1035 amendment contains the same language as House Bill 2636.  Both bills would increase the amount of employee contribution into PSPRS & CORP.  This would cause an increase in the contribution rate we pay, creating in a decrease in take-home pay.  The increase would amount to 1.93%.

The Association is asking all Department employees’ to contact their State Senator’s & House Representatives to voice your opposition to these bills.

Kelsey also advised of a change in the State Driving Program, which would allow someone to pay a fee of $280.00 and not having to attend a school.

FINANCIAL ADVISOR: Thomas Jonvich

Mr. Jonvich stated that the Association’s investment account is doing fine.  As of April, the primary account is up 8.62%.  The DROP rate right now is 8.5%, which might change starting July 1st.

LEGAL SERVICES REPORT:

Jan Feltz addressed the Board on several issues:

a)    There are several pending investigations

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b)    1 Brady issue

c)    1 settlement

DISTRICT REPORTS:

District 12 – Nathan Teel reported that outside agencies are

working the ADOT work sites.  They have a new

District Commander taking over in July.

Northern & Western Air Rescue – Mike Strohmeyer reported that Air rescue had 3 pilots leave, for a total of having 7 pilots down in the unit.  Flights are down.

GUEST SPEAKER: Stacey Dillion, PUBLIC SAFETY AUTHORITY (PSA)

Media

Stacey addressed the Board on a proposal to be hired to handle the Association’s media.

BUCKLE PRESENTATION: Dave Schroder

Dave Schroder on behalf of the Association presented to Mike Lehar a belt buckle for his years of service as Chairman of the Jimmy Walker Rodeo.

LEGAL COUNSEL REPORT: Greg Robinson

Greg Robinson reported to the Board on two issues:

1)  Prepared the draft for the lease agreement for the Department’s Museum.

2)  Advised he had researched a legal action which would protect employee’s personnel files from defense attorneys.

Motion was made by Dave Schroder, seconded by Tim Kvochick, to draft a policy to be given to the Department which would protect employee files from defense attorneys.  Motion Carried

3) Greg advised he had given to the Board to review IRS form

990 from the Association’s accountant Helen Campbell.

GUEST SPEAKER: Dale Norris

Mr. Norris presented to the Board a proposal to be the new Association’s legal services attorney.

BILL ROGERS DISTRICT 13 HAD TO LEAVE THE MEETING & NATHAN TEEL TOOK OVER AS HIS PROXY.

MIKE SLONEKER HAD TO LEAVE THE MEETING & DAVE SCHRODER TOOK OVER AS HIS PROXY.

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NEW BUSINESS:

Jim Bee made a motion to have Stacey Dillion from PSA Media to prepare a contract in writing to represent the Association.  2nd by Mark Haughey.  Motion Carried

Dave Schroder briefed the Board on a pending program from Papa John’s Pizza. Program would provide a 20% discount if you ordered online.  Money would go towards the Association.  More information pending.

EXECUTIVE BOARD NOMINATIONS:

Nominations for the upcoming executive officer positions were held:

President – Jimmy Chavez

Executive Officer – Pat Eagan

Recording Secretary – Jim Bee

Assistant Treasurer – Pat Eagan

UNIVERSITY SCHARLORSHIPS: Dave Schroder

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY Alorie Fink & Sarah Zumbo

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONADeanna Molina & Joseph Grodias

NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY – Scott Ryan

Each student will receive a $750.00 scholarship

OLD BUSINESS:

Dave Schroder advised the Board that the jeweler has received the molds for all the rings.  The vendor is now attempting to find matrix turquoise to be inlayed by him.  We should be able to start placing orders sometime in June.  Anyone who would like to upgrade their ring to 14K or white gold would be contacted by Dave due to the price of gold at the time of the order.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Golf Tournament in Prescott June 13th

MOTION TO ADJOURN BY DAVE SCHRODER, SECONDED BY MARK HAUGHEY, MOTION PASSED.

NEXT MEETING:

Next meeting will be held on June 12th, 2009 at the Prescott Resort & Conference Center located in Prescott, Arizona.  Meeting will start at 1000 hours.

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