February 7, 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

Posted on Feb 13, 2019

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


  • 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