September 6, 2018 Board Meeting Minutes

Posted on Sep 27, 2018

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


  • 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


The meeting adjourned at 1:20pm.