April 4, 2019 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Posted on Apr 8, 2019

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


  • 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