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July Board of Directors Meeting Canceled

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June 6, 2019 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes Posted

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June 6, 2019 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Board Members Present                                                    

  • J. Somosky, President
  • T. Rekar, Vice President
  • J. Carson, Treasurer
  • T. Kippel, Sgt-at-Arms
  • P. Farmer
  • P. Malchow
  • T. Toth
  • B. Walsh
  • S. Carbonara-Ramos

Excused

  • D. Holland
  • M. Peterson
  • L. Warnes
  • R. Williamson, Secretary

Staff Members Present

  • S. Dillon, Executive Director
  • R. Keller, Office Manager
  • J. Newsome, Staff Attorney
  • G. Steinkirschner, CSPD Chaplain

Meeting called to order at 11:00am

CSPPA Scholarship Presentation and Luncheon: Ten of the thirteen 2019 CSPPA scholarship recipients and family members attended the Board of Directors celebratory luncheon and presentation of checks.

General Member Comments: None brought forward

Board Discussion Items:

  • Longevity Pay: a review of longevity pay indicates that CSPD remains competitive with other Front Range agencies; the board has additionally requested a comparative review of both shift differential and hazardous duty pay.
  • Chiefs Meeting Follow-up: discussed Corporal Program; Patrol Staffing; Senior Staff at line-ups; Mandatory Trainings; and Eval Ratings/Ticket Counts with Chiefs at May meeting. Meeting minutes issued by the Office of the Chief will reflect specifics.
  • Load Bearing Vest Update: currently in the RFI/RFP stage.
  • By-law Revision for Consideration: Section 2:
    • … Any Active Member in good standing is eligible to run for, or in the case of a mid-term vacancy, be appointed to any elected position on the Association’s Board of Directors, with the exception of the office of President. In order to be considered for the office of President the candidate must be a current member of the CSPPA Board of Directors.
      • Discussed at meeting and passed via email vote of the Board of Directors06/07/2019.
  • Financial Report: Approval of financial report:
        • 1st: S. Carbonara-Ramos
        • 2nd: T. Kippel
        • All approved
Investment Accts.     May 2019 April 2019 March 2019 February 2019 January 2019 December 2018
Checking $101,697.63 $100,587.60 $50,068.55 $111,644.96 $139,043.88 $104,181.59
Gen. Invested Fund $324,102.13 $331,526.63 $325,883.94 $322,721.28 $313,501.20 $302,021.36
Fallen Officers Fund $154,818.05 $158,425.84 $155,833.46 $153,821.08 $149,348.24 $143,763.36
Totals $580,617.81 $590,540.07 $531,785.95 $588,187.32 $601,893.32 $549,966.31

 

Small Donor Account:                                    April 2019                            April 2018

                                                                               $24,244.00                           $ 24,244.00

Meeting adjourned at 12:02 pm

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June 6, 2019 Board Meeting Agenda Posted

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June 6, 2019 Board Meeting Agenda

Call to Order

CSPPA Scholarship Presentation and Luncheon

Member Comments

Discussion Items:

  • Longevity Pay
  • Chiefs’ Meeting Follow-Up
    • Corporal Program
    • Patrol Staffing
    • Senior Staff at line-ups
    • Mandatory Trainings
  • Eval Ratings/Ticket Counts
  • Load Bearing Vest Update
  • By-law Revision for consideration
  • Items for Chiefs’ Meeting Agenda

Financial Review and Approval of May Financial Report

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BOD May 2, 2019 Meeting Minutes Posted

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BOD May 2, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Board Members Present                                                    

  • T. Rekar, Vice President
  • J. Carson, Treasurer
  • T. Kippel, Sgt-at-Arms
  • R. Williamson, Secretary
  • P. Farmer
  • P. Malchow
  • M. Peterson
  • T. Toth
  • L. Warnes
  • S. Carbonara-Ramos

Excused

  • J. Somosky, President
  • D. Holland
  • B. Walsh

Staff Members Present

  • S. Dillon, Executive Director
  • R. Keller, Office Manager
  • J. Newsome, Staff Attorney
  • G. Steinkirschner, CSPD Chaplain

Meeting called to order at 11:00am

General Member Comments

  • Patrol staffing:  remains a concern, especially when coupled with mandatory trainings, system redundancies, questionable calls for service, staffing of specialized units, and the impact on officer safety.   To be brought forward at next meeting with the Chiefs.
  • Line-ups: Chief, Deputy Chief, and Commander visibility at line-ups either in person or via live-feed video continues to be requested. To be brought forward at next meeting with the Chiefs.

Board Discussion Items

  • Longevity Pay: deferred to next board meeting.
  • Corporal Program:  converting Corporal position to a civil service rank to be brought forward at next meeting with the Chiefs.
  • Body Worn Camera Video Review: to be brought forward at Chiefs’ meeting for clarification regarding BWC video review by Civilian Criminal Investigators.
  • Mandatory Trainings: The time required to complete mandatory trainings is becoming increasingly problematic as it interferes with regular job duties; to be brought forward at Chiefs’ meeting.
  • Work Comp Follow-up: Under advisement from CSPPA Attorney John Newsome, the PPA has been cautioned not to provide members with any information that might be construed as legal advice. Rather, the PPA will provide resources, to include links and printed materials from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s Workers’ Compensation website.
  • Patrol Vacation Follow-up: the basis for having a 120-day rule was discussed, along with reasons for possible exceptions.

Executive Director Report

  • MADD request for CSPPA office space: died on the table for lack of a motion.
  • Membership Report: Due primarily to retirements, PPA membership dropped by three members during Quarter 1 of 2019 to 999; compared to the same period last year, it is up from 924 members, an overall increase of 75.

Financial Report: Approval of April financial Report:

  • 1st: S. Carbonara-Ramos
  • 2nd: M. Peterson
  • All approved
Investment Accts.     April 2019 March 2019 February 2019 January 2019 December 2018 November 2018
Checking $100,587.60 $50,068.55 $111,644.96 $139,043.88 $104,181.59 $105,055.68
Gen. Invested Fund $331,526.63 $325,883.94 $322,721.28 $313,501.20 $302,021.36 $314,799.53
Fallen Officers Fund $158,425.84 $155,833.46 $153,821.08 $149,348.24 $143,763.36 $150,048.73
Totals $590,540.07 $531,785.95 $588,187.32 $601,893.32 $549,966.31 $569,903.94

 

Small Donor Account:    $24,244.00

Meeting adjourned at 12:16 pm

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May 2, 2019 Board Meeting Agenda Posted

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May 2, 2019 Board Meeting Agenda

General Session: 11:00am

Call to Order

Member Comments

Discussion Items:

  • Longevity Pay
  • Mandatory Trainings
  • Work Comp follow-up
  • Patrol Vacation follow-up

Financial Review and Approval of April Financial Report

Executive Director Report

 

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April 4, 2019 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes Posted

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April 4, 2019 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Board Members Present:                                                    

  • J. Somosky, President
  • J. Carson, Treasurer
  • R. Williamson, Secretary
  • P. Farmer
  • D. Holland
  • P. Malchow
  • B. Walsh
  • L. Warnes
  • S. Carbonara-Ramos

Excused

  • T. Rekar, Vice President
  • T. Kippel, Sgt-at-Arms
  • M. Peterson
  • T. Toth

Staff Members Present:

  • S. Dillon, Executive Director
  • R. Keller, Office Manager
  • J. Newsome, Staff Attorney
  • G. Steinkirschner, CSPD Chaplain

Meeting called to order at 11:00am

General Member Comments: It was brought to the Board’s attention that HB19-1080, Benefits for First Responders with a Disability, passed the House unanimously, and is now on the Senate side.  The bill:

  • grants first responders with a permanent occupational disability free lifetime small game hunting and fishing licenses and a free columbine annual pass for entrance into state parks. It also allows first responders with a permanent occupational disability to be eligible to participate in a property tax work-off program established by a taxing entity. (see https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1080) 

Board Discussion Items:

Longevity Pay: improving longevity pay to competitive levels being explored as a means to improve retention. To be brought forward at next meeting with the Chiefs.

Days off requests/solutions:mechanisms to improve flexibility in granting days off to be brought forward at next meeting with the Chiefs.

Executive Director Report:

  • CSPPA to sponsor Medal of Valor luncheon at the Sergeant Level
  • Scott Elementary School fundraiser, benefitting Cem Duzel, will be held April 5th and is to include TEU and K9 Unit involvement.
  • Homes for Heroes Foundation awarding $5000 grant to Officer Duzel. Officer Jim Carson, Chief Vince Niski, and S. Dillon to accept on Cem’s behalf on May 4th at Homes for Heroes event.
  • CSPPA Scholarship recipients to attend June 6th board meeting to receive checks.
  • CSPPA has hired a new accountant to manage both the (c)5 and (c)3 bookkeeping.
  • Board agreed to initiate a new budget setting cycle beginning with the 2020 fiscal year.

Financial Report: Approval of March financial Report:

  •  1st: P. Malchow
  • 2nd: R. Williamson
  • All approved
Investment Accts.     March 2019 February 2019 January 2019 December 2018 November 2018 October 2018
Checking $50,068.55 $111,644.96 $139,043.88 $104,181.59 $105,055.68 $107,134.95
Gen. Invested Fund $325,883.94 $322,721.28 $313,501.20 $302,021.36 $314,799.53 $308,654.10
Fallen Officers Fd. $155,833.46 $153,821.08 $149,348.24 $143,763.36 $150,048.73 $147,348.39
Totals $531,785.95 $588,187.32 $601,893.32 $549,966.31 $569,903.94 $563,137.44

 

Small Donor Account:                                    January 2019                      January 2018

                                                                                  $24,244.00                           $ 29,244.00

Worker Compensation/Risk Management Presentation:

  • By request, the Board hosted a work comp/risk management informational meeting led by Attorney Kim Roepke of Turner, Roepke & Mueller, LLC. Several members represented by the firm were present. Concerns included low ratings for final admission of benefits; maximum medical improvement determination; the expense of seeking an independent medical exam ($1000); and complex work comp paperwork. At the present time, the Board is moving forward with an informational brochure being prepared by board member Drew Holland. Next steps, if any, will be discussed by the board after the pamphlet is completed. Ideas presented by Attorney Roepke and members will be taken into consideration at that time.

Meeting adjourned at 12:35pm

 

 

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April 4, 2019 Board Meeting Agenda Posted

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April 4, 2019 Board Meeting Agenda

General Session: 11:00am

Call to order

Work Comp/Risk Management Informational Presentation

Member Comments

Discussion Items:

  • Longevity Pay
  • Days off requests/solutions

Agenda Items for Meeting with the Chiefs on Wednesday, April 24

Approval of March Financial Report

Executive Director Report

 

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March 7, 2019 Board Meeting Minutes Posted

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March 7, 2019 BOD Meeting Minutes

Board Members Present:                                                    

  • T. Rekar, Vice President
  • T. Kippel, Sgt-at-Arms
  • J. Carson, Treasurer
  • R. Williamson, Secretary
  • P. Farmer
  • D. Holland
  • P. Malchow
  • M. Peterson
  • T. Toth
  • B. Walsh
  • L. Warnes
  • S. Carbonara-Ramos

Excused

  • J. Somosky, President

Staff Members Present:

  • S. Dillon, Executive Director
  • R. Keller, Office Manager
  • J. Newsome, Staff Attorney
  • G. Steinkirschner, CSPD Chaplain

Meeting called to order at 11:00am

Guest: City Council Candidate Wayne Williams: Mr. Williams requested a meeting with the Board to better understand concerns of local law enforcement. Topics discussed included infrastructure, homelessness, and economic vitality.

General Member Concerns: None brought forward.

Chiefs Meeting Update:

  1. Detective Pay Differential: brought before the Chiefs at last Chiefs meeting; was determined to be premature as additional information is needed. After additional discussion during the Board meeting, the Board decided to shift focus to exploring concerns of specialized units and how those are best addressed; to be brought forward at next Chiefs meeting.
  2. Costs associated with subpoenas for lateral officers:to be covered by the agency issuing the subpoena.
  3. 90 Day Vacation Rule: Extended to 120 days.

Work Comp/Risk Management: As board liaison, Drew Holland is developing informational materials on most frequently asked work comp/risk management-related questions.

Miscellaneous:

Board approved purchase of tickets for Junior Achievement dinner honoring public safety personnel, including Officer Cem Duzel.

  • 1st: R. Williamson
  • 2nd: B. Walsh
  • 10 in favor/2 opposed

Board voted not to endorse candidates for City Council given short timeline to election.

  • 1st: R. Williamson
  • 2nd: T. Toth
  • All approve

Letter of opposition submitted to State Senate Judiciary committee regarding HB19-1119, the internal affairs transparency bill.

Financial Report: Approval of February financial Report:

  • 1st: B. Walsh
  • 2nd: T. Toth
  • All approved
Investment Accts.     February 2019 January 2019 December 2018 November 2018 October 2018 September 2018
Checking $111,644.96 $139,043.88 $104,181.59 $105,055.68 $107,134.95 $86,993.91
Gen. Invested Fund $322,721.28 $313,501.20 $302,021.36 $314,799.53 $308,654.10 $325,149.30
Fallen Officers Fd. $153,821.08 $149,348.24 $143,763.36 $150,048.73 $147,348.39 $154,185.72
Totals $588,187.32 $601,893.32 $549,966.31 $569,903.94 $563,137.44 $566,328.93

 

Small Donor Account:                               January 2019                      January 2018

                                                                            $24,244.00                           $ 29,244.00

Meeting adjourned at 12:53pm

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OFFICE CLOSED MARCH 13, 2019 DUE TO WEATHER

DUE TO WEATHER, THE OFFICE IS CLOSED. THE CRITICAL INCIDENT PHONE LINE IS AVAILABLE FOR MEMBERS WITH EMERGENCIES.

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March 7, 2019 Board Meeting Agenda Posted

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March 7, 2019 Board Meeting Agenda

General Session: 11:00am

Call to order

  • Guest visitor: City Council Candidate Wayne Williams

Member comments

Discussion items:

  • Load Bearing Vest update

Chiefs’ Meeting update:

  • Detective Pay Differential
  • Medical Retirement Navigator
  • Lateral Officer Subpoenas
  • 90 Day Vacation Rule
  • False Reports Filed Against Police
  • Deputy Chief Appointment Timeline

Approval of Financial Reports

Agenda Items for Meeting with the Chiefs on Wednesday, March 27th.

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February 7, 2019 Board Meeting Minutes Posted

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February 7, 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

Board Members Present:                                                    

  • J. Somosky, President
  • T. Rekar, Vice President
  • T. Kippel, Sgt-at-Arms
  • J. Carson, Treasurer
  • R. Williamson, Secretary
  • D. Holland
  • T. Toth
  • B. Walsh
  • L. Warnes

Excused

  • P. Farmer
  • P. Malchow
  • M. Peterson

Staff Members Present:

  • S. Dillon, Executive Director
  • R. Keller, Office Manager
  • J. Newsome, Staff Attorney
  • G. Steinkirschner, CSPD Chaplain

Meeting called to order at 11:00am

Guest: Michael Allen, Senior Deputy District Attorney, 4th Judicial District

  • Mr. Allen, in considering a run for District Attorney, 4th Judicial District in 2020, requested an introductory meeting with the Board of Directors. Topics discussed included creation of a cold case unit; turnover in the DA’s office; expediency of OIS findings; the Brady list; and IA records release to the general public. The Board invited Mr. Allen to return for a more in-depth discussion should he decide to run for DA.

General Member Concerns:

Workman’s Compensation: member requested that the CSPPA support a change in the use of sick time for short term leave due to duty-related injuries. The Board indicated that while such a change would require a State level fix, it would try to better educate members on the 3-day rule and reach out to risk management for clarifying points.

Medical Settlements: some members have signed settlement agreements with the City that precludes them from future employment with any municipal entity, thus disqualifying them from employment under the ADA.   To better understand the retirement process and any associated implications for post-retirement options, it was recommended that consideration be given to hiring a CSPD HR Navigator dedicated to this process. The Board agreed to move the discussion forward at the next meeting with the Chiefs.

Risk Management: Additional clarifying questions were asked regarding the joint CSPPA/Local 5/Risk Management meeting that was held on January 11th.

Subpoenas: Lateral officers that receive subpoenas from their prior agencies currently have to use vacation time to appear in court. A request was made to allow appearances to be covered as time worked. The Board agreed to bring this forward at the next meeting with the Chiefs.

Board Discussion Items:

Load Bearing Vests: The Uniform Standards Committee voted in favor of forming a load bearing vest subcommittee as well as conducting a pilot study. Both CSPPA and Occupational Health representatives are to be included in the subcommittee; information will be disseminated as it becomes available.

Local 5 Collective Bargaining Update: Local 5 again requested that the CSPPA consider supporting its ballot initiative for collective bargaining. The Board declined, reiterating that it has adopted a neutral position.

By Law Revision: The Board voted in favor of revising the by-laws to allow part-time civilian employees of CSPD to be active CSPPA members. While this has been practice for several years, the bylaws had not been updated.

  • ARTICLE II; MEMBERSHIP , Section 2: To become an Active Member of this Association, a person must be a paid sworn officer of the Colorado Springs Police Department, or a full-time civilian employee of the Colorado Springs Police Department. Any person meeting these prerequisites shall, upon application on the prescribed forms and establishment of dues payments, become an Active Member of this Association.
  • 1st: L. Warnes
  • 2nd: T. Kippel
  • All approved

Civilian-at-large: Three candidates are running in the special election for CSPPA Civilian-at-Large. Ballots are to be distributed by Friday, February 8th via a Survey Monkey link with safeguards in place to allow only one vote per person.

Financial Report: Approval of November, December, January Financial Report:

  • 1st: R. Williamson
  • 2nd: D. Holland
  • All approved
Investment Accts. January 2019 December 2018 November 2018 October 2018 September 2018 August 2018
Checking $139,043.88 $104,181.59 $105,055.68 $107,134.95 $86,993.91 $98,897.66
Gen. Invested Fund $313,501.20 $302,021.36 $314,799.53 $308,654.10 $325,149.30 $325,435.57
Fallen Officers Fd. $149,348.24 $143,763.36 $150,048.73 $147,348.39 $154,185.72 $154,112.43
Totals $601,893.32 $549,966.31 $569,903.94 $563,137.44 $566,328.93 $578,445.66

Small Donor Account:  

January 2019                      January 2018

$24,244.00                             $ 29,244.00

Meeting adjourned at 12:50pm

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February 7, 2019 Board Meeting Agenda Posted

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February 7, 2019 Board Meeting Agenda

General Session: 11:00am

Call to order

  • Presentation by Senior Deputy DA Michael Allen

Member comments

Discussion items:

  • Uniform Standards Committee/Load Bearing Vest update
  • Local 5/Collective Bargaining update
  • Political donation request
  • By-law revision/Membership
  • Civilian-at-large seat update
  • Purchase request
  • Edward Jones funds update

Approval of Financial Reports

Agenda Items for Meeting with the Chiefs on Wednesday, February 27th.

 

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November 1, 2018 Board Meeting Minutes Posted

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November 1, 2018 Board Meeting Minutes

Board Members Present:

  • J. Somosky, President
  • P. David, Secretary
  • T. Kippel, Sgt-at-Arms
  • J. Carson, Treasurer
  • R. Balka
  • P. Farmer
  • T. Rekar
  • B. Walsh
  • L. Warnes
  • D. Holland
  • J. Keller

Staff Members Present:

  • S. Dillon, Executive Director
  • J. Newsome, Staff Attorney
  • R. Keller, Office Manager

Excused

  • D. Graham, Vice President
  • M. Peterson

Meeting called to order at 10:30am

Annual Financial Review:  The annual financial review was presented by Certified Public Accountant Mitch Downs of Osborne, Parsons & Rosacker, LLP.  The review and Form 990 were accepted by the Board, and will be filed with the IRS and Secretary of State accordingly.

  • 1st: T. Rekar
  • 2nd: L. Warnes
  • All Approved

Member Comments:

  • A question pertaining to extension of the DROP program was brought forth; to be included on next Chiefs’ meeting agenda.
  • Clarification regarding the PTO requirement for the Corporal program was brought forth; it was reiterated that to be eligible, an officer must be a PTO in good standing, regardless of unit.

Board Discussion Items:

Update on Meeting with the Chiefs:

  • Officer Involved Shootings/ Use of Force/ Significant Bodily Injury: Changes in statutory requirements are to be addressed via policy, which is currently undergoing review. Discussion to continue at next meeting with the Chiefs.
  • Medical Settlements/Retirements: It had been brought to the Board’s attention that in some cases, medical settlements included a provision barring the claimant from working in another capacity for the City of Colorado Springs. While it is incumbent upon the claimant to review any settlement prior to signing it, in general, medical retirees are given opportunities for alternate employment consistent with ADA.

Risk Management: Several issues were discussed, including Rule 5-4 (C), which stipulates that a 5 year history of only those medical records pertaining to the claim at hand must be released. Dissatisfaction with the newly hired Risk Management physician was also expressed, specifically related to MMI rulings and continuing care for work-related injuries. The Board of Directors will continue to discuss these concerns with the Office of the Chief and individual members as warranted.

Miscellaneous: Ameriben representatives will be available at the PPA building on November 13th and 15th by appointment, to review individual concerns regarding health insurance claims.

The Hundred Club, which accepted tax deductible donations on behalf of the CSPPA for many years prior to the start up of the CSPPA’s (c)(3) Fallen Officer Relief Fund, is to return any remaining funds it is holding on the PPA’s behalf for deposit into the (c)(3) account.

Financial Reports: October banking statements unavailable as of meeting date; report to be given at December board meeting.

 

The general session adjourned 12:00pm, at which time the Board convened Executive Session.

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November 1, 2018 Board Meeting Time Change

Due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts, the November 1, 2018 PPA Board of Directors meeting will now begin at 10:30am.

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October 4, 2018 Board Meeting Minutes Posted

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October 4, 2018 Board Meeting Minutes

Board Members Present:

  • D. Graham, Vice President
  • P. David, Secretary
  • T. Kippel, Sgt-at-Arms
  • J. Carson, Treasurer
  • R. Balka
  •  P. Farmer
  • M. Peterson
  • T. Rekar
  • B. Walsh
  •  J. Keller
  • D. Holland

Staff Members Present:

  • S. Dillon, Executive Director
  • J. Newsome, Staff Attorney
  • R. Keller, Office Manager

Excused

  • J. Somosky, President
  • L. Warnes

Meeting called to order at 11:00am

Check presentation: Sheldon Schnese, representing Stockers Car Club, presented a check to the CSPPA Fallen Officer Relief Fund.

Member Comments:  None brought forward.

Board Discussion Items:

Update on Meeting with the Chiefs:

  • Officer Involved Shootings/ Use of Force/ Significant Bodily Injury: Updates continue to be given at the PPA’s monthly meetings with the Chiefs; policy is currently undergoing review and is to be revised as appropriate. To be discussed at next meeting with Chiefs.
  • Critical Incident Peer Support: The Department is committed to providing officers with the support needed post-critical incident; best practices, to include trainings and outreach, are currently under review.
  • Traffic and Corporal Goals: Traffic goals may be revised, although this is not definite; Corporal goals have been revised to include greater detail.
  • Risk Management: Board representatives and the Chief continue to discuss risk management concerns in general, and as it relates to specific members with member permission.

Seizure Warrants/Cold Fraud: Deferred until November Board meeting.

Compensation Update: PPA representatives, along with Chief Carey, met with City Human Resources to continue discussing compensation for 2019. It was indicated, and has subsequently been made public, that the P1 raise will be 8.5 percent beginning January 1, 2019, with raises for all ranks increasing accordingly. Factoring in cost of labor, this brings CSPD to market when compared with the nine comparator agencies included in the annual salary review.

Board Vacancies: As there were an equal number of candidates to vacancies, the 2019 Board of Directors election was canceled. New at-large members include Officers Tracy Toth, Paul Malchow and Roberto Williamson; Officer Todd Rekar will assume the Vice President seat. Outgoing Board members include Derek Graham, Patrick David, and Russ Balka.

 

Miscellaneous:

A one-time purchase of 15 round magazines was approved to give to retirees buying guns through the buyback program.

  • 1st: M. Peterson
  • 2nd: D. Holland
  • All Approved

Privacy for Cops: CSPPA again given a discounted rate enabling CSPD employees to sign up for the service through October 31st.

 

Approval of September Financial Report:

Investment Accounts   September 2018 September 2017
Checking $86,993.91 $ 48,257.39
Gen’l Invested Fund $325,149.30 $309,383.02
Fallen Officers Fund $154,185.72 $145,153.74
Totals $566,328.93 $502,794.15
  • 1st: P. David
  • 2nd: B. Walsh
  • All Approved

The meeting adjourned at 12:20pm.

 

 

 

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November 1, 2018 Board Meeting Agenda Posted

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November 1, 2018 Board Meeting Agenda

Monthly Board of Directors Meeting: Thursday, November 1, 2018

Executive Session: 10:00am

  • Staff discussion

General Session: 11:00am

Call to order

  • Annual Financial Review Presentation/Independent Auditors

Member comments

Discussion items:

Update on Meeting with the Chiefs

  • Officer Involved /Shootings/Use of Force/SBI
  • Medical Settlements/retirements

Seizure warrants/Cold fraud

Executive Director Report

  • Risk Management
  • Ameriben
  • 2018 Holiday Gala
  • Hundred Club Fallen Officer Fund
  • Medal of Valor

Agenda items for November 28th Meeting with the Chiefs

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September 6, 2018 Board Meeting Minutes Posted

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September 6, 2018 Board Meeting Minutes

Board Members Present:

  • J. Somosky, President
  • P. David, Secretary
  • T. Kippel, Sgt-at-Arms
  • J. Carson, Treasurer
  • R. Balka
  •  P. Farmer
  • M. Peterson
  • T. Rekar
  • B. Walsh
  • L. Warnes
  •  J. Keller

Staff Members Present:

  • S. Dillon, Executive Director
  • J. Newsome, Staff Attorney
  • J. Keller, Office Manager

Excused

  • D. Graham, Vice President

Meeting called to order at 11:00am

Member Comments:

Political Donations: It was suggested that the Board seek a vote of the PPA membership prior to making political endorsements and contributions.  Due to the short window of time involved, it was explained that it is not feasible to seek a vote of the entire membership; rather, the Board employs a thorough vetting process, selecting only those candidates it believes represent the best interests of the membership.

Corporal Program:  The purpose of the Corporal program was discussed, specifically regarding a lack of goals and function.  It was also noted that there is a similar lack in NeoGov with respect to the Traffic Unit.  It was decided to bring the issue forward at the next meeting with the Chiefs.

Risk Management:  A new concern regarding Risk Management’s use of surveillance and the new Occupational Health physician were both discussed at length.  This issue is also to be brought forward at the next Meeting with the Chiefs.

Board Discussion Items:

  • Update on Meeting with the Chiefs regarding Officer Involved Shootings/ Use of Force/ Significant Bodily Injury: PPA representatives are continuing to meet with the chiefs regarding policies and protocols. Information will be communicated to members as it becomes available.
  • Use of Fallen Officer Fund vs. Fallen Officer Relief Fund: The CSPPA Fallen Officer Fund supports CSPPA members, and as such, will continue to provide financial relief associated with duty related critical incidents. The newly formed Fallen Officer Relief Fund, a 501 (c) (3) entity, serves as a vehicle to distribute designated community donations, fundraiser income, etc., to officers involved in critical incidents, whether or not they are CSPPA members. Non-designated funds will remain in the FoRF account for distribution as determined by its Board of Directors.
  • Manpower: As discussed at the August meeting, the Board is aware of member concerns regarding staff shortages within Patrol and the use of hire-backs for mitigation. The issue is to be brought forward at the September meeting with the Chiefs, specifically with respect to long-term planning.
  • Compensation Update: PPA representatives, along with Chief Carey, met with Mayor Suthers and Chief of Staff Jeff Greene to continue discussing compensation for 2019. Mayor Suthers remains committed to getting PD to market for 2019. Cost of labor will be factored in, as will comparator agency increases.
  • Civilian Pay Raises: Clarification regarding the timing of pay raises for civilian employees will be brought before the Chiefs at the September monthly meeting. 
  • Risk Management: CSPPA representatives, along with Chief Carey, met with Risk Management to discuss records release requirements. As discussed in detail in the August Centurion, claimants are able to select records to be released, rather than releasing their entire 5-year medical history. Additional concerns, as noted above in member comments, were discussed as well.
  • Retiree Board Seat: The Board of Directors voted to appoint recently retired CSPD Officer Drew Holland to a board seat for a 2-year term to begin October 2018 and end December 2020.
  • 1st: J. Carson
  • 2nd: L. Warnes
  • All Approved

Approval of June/July/August Financial Report:                                                              

 

 

Investment Accounts   July 2018 June 2018   July 2017 June 2017
Checking $74,801.54 $62,109.30   $51,832.25 $45,666.92
Gen’l Invested Fund $322,457.63 $317,013.70   $305,528.87 $302,041.19
Fallen Officers Fund $153,404.02 $150,685.49   $141,994.65 $140,555.30
Totals $550,663.19 $529,808.49   $499,355.77 $488,263.41
  • 1st: P. Farmer
  • 2nd: B. Walsh
  • All Approved

 Executive Director Report:

  • Training Academy: CSPPA representatives set to visit recruits on September 10th.
  • Fundraisers for Cem Duzel:A portion of proceeds from the COS Marathon, to be held on Saturday, September 29th, is to be donated to the FoRF on behalf of Cem. A concert fundraiser, to be held on October 7th at the Stargazer theater will designate a portion of their proceeds as well to both Officer Duzel and the FoRF.
  • Board Composition:There are 5 board positions up for election this Fall: Vice President, Secretary, and 3 at-large sworn seats. Candidates must submit their intent to run via email, to sherryl@csppa.org

 

The meeting adjourned at 1:20pm. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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October 4, 2018 Board Meeting Agenda

Monthly Board of Directors Meeting: Thursday, October 4, 2018

General Session: 11:00am

Call to order

Member comments

Discussion items:

  • Update on Meeting with Chiefs regarding Officer Involved Shootings/Use of Force/SBI/DFIT; critical incident peer support; traffic/corporal goals; manpower; Skype; civilian pay raises; risk management
  • Seizure Warrants/Cold Fraud
  • Update on compensation meetings
  • Ameriben
  • Financial Report

Executive Director Report

Agenda items for October 24th Meeting with the Chiefs

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August 9, 2018 Board Meeting Minutes Posted

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August 9, 2018 BOD Meeting Minutes

Board Members Present:                                                              

  • D. Graham, Vice President
  • T. Kippel, Sgt-at-Arms
  • J. Carson,Treasurer
  • R. Balka
  • P. Farmer
  • M. Peterson
  • T. Rekar

Staff Members Present:

  • S. Dillon, Executive Director
  • J. Newsome, Staff Attorney

Excused

  • J. Somosky, President
  • P. David, Secretary
  • B. Walsh
  • L. Warnes
  • J. Keller
  • R. Keller

Meeting called to order at 5:30pm

Member Comments:

None brought forward.

Board Discussion Items:

Protocols for Officer Involved Shootings/ Use of Force/ Significant Bodily Injury: CSPPA Board and Staff members received numerous inquiries regarding the grand jury indictment of a veteran CSPD officer in July2018. PPA representatives met with Chief Carey shortly after the indictment, and the topic will be discussed further at the August 22nd Meeting with the Chiefs. Discussion to include policies and protocols in place to guide the process when an officer is involved in such an event.

PPA Media Statements: It was reiterated that the CSPPA will make no statements regarding ongoing investigations. Statements regarding the support that a member officer receives from the PPA may be acceptable, but will be determined on a case by case basis and will not violate an individual’s right to privacy.

Fallen Officer Relief Fund: The Fund has received generous donations from the community, the vast majority of which are designated for Officer Cem Duzel. The non-designated funds will remain in the F.o.R.F. for needs in the future. Although not yet determined, there was also discussion that all or part of the funds that are currently in the CSPPA (c)(5) FoF account may be donated over by the Board of Directors to the new (c)(3).

Use of Member Benefits: The practice of non-members utilizing PPA member benefits on an a la carte basis, such as for background checks and attending the Christmas gala, has grown in recent years. The Board determined that this is not within the scope of the CSPPA, and as such, non-members will no longer be able to avail themselves of any benefits. The only exception to this is in the case of spouses; if one spouse is a member, then both are eligible to attend PPA member events.

  • 1st: T. Rekar
  • 2nd: M. Peterson
  • All Approved

Manpower (Patrol): The Board is aware of member concerns regarding staff shortages within Patrol and the use of hire-backs for mitigation. The issue is to be brought forward at a future Chiefs meeting.

Political Endorsements: It was determined that political endorsements will be determined on a case by case basis, but in general will be restricted to municipal candidates. Donations to candidates will entail a vote separate from the endorsement. 

Holiday Gala: Beginning with the 2018 Christmas gala, only members will be eligible to win prizes. Non-members; the CSPPA Board of Directors; and CSPPA employees and their families are no longer eligible to win prizes.

  • 1st:M. Peterson
  • 2nd: T. Rekar
  • All Approved

Miscellaneous:

  • CSPPA engagement in critical incident peer support was discussed and will be brought forward for discussion at a future meeting with the Chiefs.
  • Effective immediately, office hours will be from 8am – 4pm Monday through Friday. The office will no longer close at 2pm on Wednesdays. 

June and July Financial Report: The Board vote to approve the financial report was deferred until September as all data was not available at the time of the meeting.

 

Investment Accounts   July 2018 June 2018 July 2017 June 2017
Checking $74,801.54 $62,109.30 $51,832.25 $45,666.92
Gen’l Invested Fund $322,457.63 $317,013.70 $305,528.87 $302,041.19
Fallen Officers Fund $153,404.02 $150,685.49 $141,994.65 $140,555.30
Totals $550,663.19 $529,808.49   $499,355.77 $488,263.41

 

Executive Director Report:

Quarterly Membership Review: There was a net gain of one member in 2nd quarter 2018, yielding a total membership of 925. There was a decrease in the sworn category due to the retirement of 10 officers, however, nine of these kept their CSPPA membership, transitioning over to the retiree category. These numbers do not reflect Academy recruits who have signed on as PPA members; they will be included in the third quarter report.

Retiree Reunion: Turnout was very high for the retiree reunion, held at Navajo Hogan on Friday, July 20th. The CSPPA will continue its financial support of this event moving forward.

CSPPA Picnic Wrap-up: While a sizeable number of retirees attended the CSPPA 2nd Summer Picnic on Saturday, July 21st at Bear Creek Park, there was a low turnout with respect to current members. As such, the Board decided to discontinue this event and will explore other avenues to reach out to membership in the summer months.

Compensation Meetings: PPA representatives continue to meet with City officials regarding compensation for 2019, advocating for a full market increase; the next scheduled meeting with Mayor Suthers is to occur in late August.

The meeting adjourned at 7:30pm; the Board convened executive session to discuss personnel related issues. 

 

 

 

 

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September 6, 2018 Board Meeting Agenda Posted

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September 6, 2018 Board Meeting Agenda

Monthly Board of Directors Meeting: Thursday, September 6, 2018

General Session: 11:00am

Call to order

Member comments

Discussion items:

  • Update on Meeting with Chiefs regarding Officer Involved Shootings/Use of Force/SBI
  • Use of Fallen Officer Fund vs. Fallen Officer Relief Fund
  • Seizure Warrants/Cold Fraud
  • Manpower (Patrol)
  • Update on compensation meeting
  • Timing of pay raises for civilian PD employees
  • Risk Management
  • Ameriben
  • Retiree Board seat
  • Financial Report

Executive Director Report

  • Training Academy
  • Fundraisers for Officer Cem Duzel
  • CSPPA building use
  • Vittles for Vests
  • 2019 Holiday Gala

Agenda items for September 26th Meeting with the Chiefs

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Meeting Cancellation

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Due to officer involved shooting on August 2nd, today’s CSPPA Board of Directors meeting has been postponed.  We will inform you of a new date as soon as possible.

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August 2, 2018 Board Meeting Agenda Posted

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August 2, 2018 Board Meeting Agenda

Monthly Board of Directors Meeting: Thursday, August 2, 2018

General Session: 11:00am

Call to order

Member comments

Discussion items:

  • Protocols for Officer Involved Shootings/Use of Force
  • PPA media statements on investigations
  • New Fallen Officer Relief Fund
  • Use of member benefits
  • Manpower (Patrol)
  • Political Endorsements (PPA position)
  • Quarterly Membership Review
  • June Financial Report

Executive Director Report

  • Picnic wrap-up
  • Vittles for Vests
  • PPA Survey
  • CASRO Survey
  • Compensation Meetings
  • Holiday Gala
  • Gleneagle Sertoma Golf Event
  • Police and Fire Games

Agenda items for August 22nd Meeting with the Chiefs

EXECUTIVE SESSION

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June 7, 2018 Board Meeting Minutes Posted

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June 7, 2018 BOD Meeting Minutes

Board Members Present:                                                              

  • D. Graham, Vice President
  • T. Kippel, Sgt-at-Arms
  • J. Carson, Treasurer
  • P. David, Secretary
  • R. Balka
  • P. Farmer
  • B. Walsh
  • J. Keller

 Staff Members Present:

  • S. Dillon, Executive Director
  • R. Keller, Office Manager
  • J. Newsome, Staff Attorney

Excused

  • M. Peterson
  • T. Rekar
  • J. Somosky, President
  • L. Warnes

Meeting called to order at 11:00am

Member Comments:

  • PPA Gym: A concern was brought forward regarding maintenance of the CSPPA gym located in the Municipal Courthouse building. A new maintenance service is set to begin at the end of June as the prior individual retired at the end of May. Antibacterial wipes will be available to wipe down equipment before/after use.

Board Discussion Items:

  • Donation Request: The CSPPA received a request to support the 2018 Colorado Police and Fire Athletic Games, to be held July 30th – August 5th in Colorado Springs. The Board approved a $1000.00 sponsorship.
    • 1st: Patrick David
    • 2nd: Jim Carson
    • All in favor
  • Extra Duty Hours: Release time from events held at the World Arena and Sky Sox Stadium was discussed. While it is generally understood that events in these venues can run over, it was agreed that there would be informal follow-up by a representative of the Board regarding extra duty training and policy.
  • Body Worn Camera Policy: Follow-up on amendments to BWC policy to be added to next Chiefs’ meeting agenda.
  • Retiree Insurance: Retiree insurance continues to be a pervasive and unresolved concern, especially given the gap between age of retirement and onset of Medicare benefits. The board agreed to reach out to community and City resources to advance a solution to address this increasing burden.
  • Executive Director Report:
    • PPA Biennial Survey: The biennial survey was distributed department-wide on June 4th and will remain open, via a survey monkey, link through July 3rd. Close to 200 responses were submitted in the first 48 hours.
    • Financial Report: Approval of May 2018 financial report:
      • 1st: P. David
      • 2nd: B. Walsh
      • All Approved

 

Investment Accounts   May 2018 May 2017
Checking $72,592.25 $73,655.64
Gen’l Invested Fund $319,152.28 $300,495.51
Fallen Officers Fund $151,193.31 $139,390.20
Totals $542,937.84 $513,541.35

                               

Investment Accts.     May 2018 April 2018 March 2018 February 2018 January 2018 December 2017
Checking $72,592.25 $52,166.88 $65,378.15 $ 84,791.92 $ 75,060.20 $36,809.75
Gen. Invested Fund $319,152.28 $317,046.11 $316,657.90 $322,058.37 $331,893.19 $319,325.60
Fallen Officers Fd. $151,193.31 $150,243.42 $148,865.09 $150,710.89 $154,437.01 $149,527.03
Totals $542,937.84 $519,456.41 $530,901.14 $557,561.18 $561,390.40 $505,662.38

 

April 2018                   April 2017

$ 8,761.87                      $ 15,627.35            Hundred Club Fallen Officers Fund

$ 24,244.00                       $ 29,244.00        Small Donor Account

**per the Hundred Club, a banking debit error in the amount of $1326.12 is to be credited back to account.

  • CSPPA Scholarship Awards Luncheon: Eight of 13 scholarship recipients and their guests were present for the annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon and check presentation.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00pm

 

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June 7, 2018 Board Meeting Agenda Posted

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June 7, 2018 Board Meeting Agenda

Monthly Board of Directors Meeting: Thursday, June 7, 2018

General Session: 11:00am

Call to order

  • May Financial Report

Member comments

Discussion items:

  • Donation Request: Colorado Police and Fire Athletic Games 2018 sponsorship request
  • CSPPA Gym
  • Extra duty hours
  • BWC Policy Update
  • Executive Director Report
    • Fallen Officer Relief Fund Update
    • PPA Biennial Survey
    • Retiree insurance
  • Agenda items for June 22nd Meeting with the Chiefs  
  • CSPPA Scholarship presentation
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