October 7, 2021 BOD Meeting Minutes

Posted on Oct 27, 2021

Board Members Present:                                             

  • J. Carson, President
  • D. Brockman, Secretary
  • J. Matiatos
  • V. Thomson 
  • M. Waldera
  • S. Warren
  • D. Holland

Staff Members Present:

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

Excused

  • J. Cowan
  • T. Kippel
  • P. Malchow, Sgt-at-Arms
  • B. Walsh, Vice President
  • L. Warnes, Treasurer
  • S. Carbonara-Ramos

General Session called to order at 11:00am

Guests:

Jen Williamson, Candidate for School District 11 School Board: discussed plans to grow collaborative engagement with representatives of CSPD; developing a pipeline for students interested in law enforcement careers; and increasing SRO engagement with school community.  PPA Board to reach out to SRO Lieutenant to connect with candidate regarding the SRO program.

EPSO Undersheriff Joe Roybal, Candidate for El Paso County Sheriff: Seeking endorsement of CSPPA in bid for Sheriff of El Paso County; discussed budget, CJC issues, legislation, Covid, and goals.  CSPPA Board deferring vote on endorsement until candidate interviews completed.

PPA Members:

Four members in attendance representing sworn employees opposed to the CSPD mask mandate scheduled to go into effect October 18th.  Requests/discussion points included distributing a letter of opposition to PPA members; conducting a member survey regarding the mandate; facilitating a meeting with the Chiefs; divisiveness between vaccinated/unvaccinated; fear of repercussions if those opposed came forward. The PPA Board did not take a position on the mask mandate but voted to, on behalf of this group, distribute the letter opposing masking to the PPA membership.

  • 1st: Holland
  • 2nd: Thomson
  • All in favor

Board Discussion Items:

August Financial Report: Deferred until November meeting.                                                                                         

Covid Mandate Follow-up: As discussed above.

Corporal Program: PPA Board member gave briefing from the recent Corporal Program Meeting; it was indicated that Corporals will be instrumental in the new CAD rollout and Dragon Speak and that overall, the program is working towards uniformity with respect to roles and responsibilities.

Christmas Gala: The Board voted to transfer money that had been allocated to the canceled 2020 and 2021 Christmas galas into the Fallen Officer Fund, totaling $25,000.  This will bring the fund up to approximately $215,000.

  • 1st: Matiatos
  • 2nd: Warren
  • All in favor

Bylaw Revision: The Board approved a revision to the Member death benefit bylaw, making it consistent with the member benefit page on the PPA website.  The wording has been amended from:

ARTICLE XI
MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

Section 1: Death Benefits- In pursuance of the charitable purposes and stated objectives of the Association, the Association shall pay a death benefit to the spouse, child or children, or specifically designated beneficiary of any active or retired member upon the death of such member as indicated on the Association’s beneficiary designation form. Line of Duty death related expenses such as airline tickets, hotel rooms, and meals for family and friends may be covered as determined by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

TO:

Section 1: Death Benefits- In pursuance of the charitable purposes and stated objectives of the Association, the Association shall pay a $10,000 death benefit to the designated beneficiary of any active sworn or civilian member who suffers a line of duty death, plus up to $2,500 reimbursement for miscellaneous expenses such as hotel, travel, meal costs. A $2,500 death benefit shall be paid for an active sworn or civilian member’s off-duty death, and a $1,500 death benefit will be paid upon a sworn or civilian PPA retiree death.  If the PPA member has not designated a beneficiary, there will not be any paid benefit.  It is the member’s responsibility to keep beneficiary information current.  Such payments will be made from the CSPPA Fallen Officer Fund.

  • 1st: Brockman
  • 2nd: J. Matiatos
  • All in favor

Membership Report: PPA sworn membership increased by 17 members at the end of 3rd quarter for a total of 672.  This represents 97 percent of CSPD sworn employees (excluding current recrutis).

BOD Election Results:   

  • President:               Bill Walsh
  • Sergeant-at-Arms: Paul Malchow
  • Treasurer:             Jerry Bowmans
  • Sworn-at-Large:   Jake Cowan; Brad Krauss; Nick Hartbauer

 Donation Request: The Board approved a $500 donation to Shop with a Cop.

  • 1st: Warren
  • 2nd: Brockman
  • All in favor

Agenda Items for October Meeting with the Chiefs: Extra duty contract; CSO donning/doffing; mask clarification.

Meeting adjourned at 2:30 pm.