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Hot Sheet January 2016

Hot Sheet January 2016

the Hot Sheet
Washington State Retired Deputy Sheriffs and Police Officers Association
P.O. Box 1805, Sumner, WA 98390

Website: www.wsrdspoa.org

January – February 2016

President
Mike Clements, Richland P.D.
Vice Presidents
West: Ralph Waddle, King Co S.O.
East: Don McCabe, Spokane Co S.O.
Secretary
Stan Reider, Lincoln Co S.O.
Treasurer
Tina Waddle, King County S.O.

Executive Board
Westside Members At Large:

Ron Johnston, Tukwila P.D.; Doug Partlow, Tukwila P.D.; Mike Chaney, Des Moines P.D.

Eastside Members At Large:

Diane Erickson, Spokane ; Dennis Hooper, Spokane P.D,; Felix Ramon, Grant Co. S.O

Regular Meeting Schedules

Puget Sound Area 2nd Tuesday of the Month
Black Bear Restaurant
32065 Pacific Hwy S.
Federal Way, WA
11:00 AM

Executive Board Meeting

Eastside
Darcy’s Restaurant
10502 E. Sprague Ave.
Spokane Valley, WA
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 11:00 A.M.

E-Board Meeting, General Membership Meeting & Dinner
Muckleshoot Casino
Auburn, WA
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 6:00 P.M.

WSRDSPOA ANNUAL CONVENTION

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Hello, fellow W.S.R.D.S.P.O.A. members,

I wanted to extend heartfelt congrats to you all for getting through the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday time. It is my hope everyone had a wonderful experience.

I am sure most of you were as busy as it was around our house.

Since the summer Convention, I haven’t heard from anyone, so my assumption is that things are in good order.

As some of you know, there have been two retired King County LEOFF 2 officers that have approached the Board and suggested the Board make a change in the Bylaws.

Here is what they are asking us to do; Under Article III : Membership, Under Section I
Any police officer or deputy sheriff, who was or is a full-time commissioned law enforcement officer covered by the LEOFF Plan 1 (new language) or LEOFF Plan 2 including their spouse, widowed and widower shall be eligible for regular membership.

Then drop down to (B) 2

Applicants for Associate membership, (drop the rest of the following language other than those covered by the LEOFF Plan 2, and add) shall be approved by the Executive Board.

Read it carefully as it does make a serious change to the current bylaws. There would no longer be a distinction between LEOFF 1 and LEOFF 2 as far as this organization is concerned.

As a member of the Executive Board, I would definitely like to hear your feedback before the Executive Board addresses this issue in the next Board meeting.

I did make an inquiry to Joe Fischnaller about this change. He said we could do whatever the Executive Board wants to do. He did offer some for instances we could entertain. His suggestions were handed out to the Executive Board at the last Board Meeting.

Mike Clements

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2015 Audit

At the annual convention Sept 2015 an “evaluation of records” was done
by our audit committee. Members were, Joyce Dawson & Linda Rayburn.
The records verify operations, disbursements and documentation are in order and
were approved.

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Death of a Spouse

The following are suggestions of people who have been through this and found themselves in a quandary as to what to do.

Preparation:
In a community property state such as Washington, be sure to have both names on all financial accounts and real property. Have a current will, Birth Certificates for both spouses and your Marriage Certificate in a safe place, such as a safe deposit box at your bank. Keep any insurance policies there also.

At time of loss:
1) Call funeral home of your choice. These professionals can be very helpful. You will need 8-12 Death Certificates, which they can usually provide.

2) Call or contact the Washington State department of Retirement Services to advise them. Phone # 1-800-547-6657.

3) Call the Department where retired from. Each department has resources to assist you, such as Color Guard, Bag piper, Bugler, Chaplain, Etc.

4) If the deceased is receiving Social Security, the S.S. Administration needs to be notified to avoid interruption of payments. The S.S. Administration will need your Marriage Certificate and will have paperwork for you to fill out.

5) Please contact one of the WSRDSPOA officers.

6) Insurance (life, auto, home, etc.). Contact your agent who will assist you in any claims or changes that need to be made.

7) Medicare, 1-800-633-4227. Each claim is unique and you need to call for instructions.

8) Veterans: Veterans Affairs office should be called regarding any service related benefits, phone # 1-800-827-1000.

9) Contact your bank and any other financial institutions you do business with. You do not want a stop put on any of your accounts. Names changes may be needed.

10) Contact your Attorney for advice and help in making changes in your will and financial matters, if needed.

11) Keep notes of who you contact, (name, phone #, when). When mailing information or documents consider using Registered Mail. The cost is minimal compared to loosing an important document. It will also give you a way to track correspondence.

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Proposed By Law Change

As was mentioned by our current president, Mike Clements, there was a proposal brought up at the 2015 Convention for a by law change. As this organization grows we are getting more LEOFF 2 members, not too many LEOFF 1 are still working and retiring. LEOFF 2 members that are looking at joining are seeing that under current by laws they are not full voting members. A question raised by them is why become a member of an association if I have no say in it.

It’s time to take a serious look at this association and see where we want it to go in the future. If things stay the way they are this association will eventually disappear. We are all getting older and won’t be around forever. If that’s the case, there will eventually be no more LEOFF 1 members and then what happens to the association if no one can vote any more; there will no longer be a WSRDSPOA.

We, as retired deputies and police officers, need to band together. We need to work together to make sure that the state doesn’t go after any of our retirement systems. The state has made runs at LEOFF 1 and I am sure in the future they will do the same at LEOFF 2. Both of our voices together are much stronger than us opposing each other. I don’t know any LEOFF 2 deputy or police officer that doesn’t agree with this. LEOFF 2 doesn’t need anything from LEOFF 1’s retirement. LEOFF 2 has a strong and viable retirement pot on its own.

Another thing to look at is that this association was started as a social type organization, not a political one. We can concentrate on the social part but we need not forget the political part. It’s very good to be informed about what all is happening in Olympia and to be able to fight against any injustices that the politicians try to throw at us. We can always get together with other political organizations whose main mission is the political part of the puzzle. It is also important not to forget that we are a social organization first.

As this proposal goes through its course, remember that having LEOFF 2 voting members is nothing new with this association. There are some spouses of LEOFF 1 members that are LEOFF 2. Because their LEOFF 1 spouse is a full voting member that makes their LEOFF 2 spouse one also.

It’s time to work together and create an even better organization.

Zbig Kasprzyk
King County S.O. (Ret)

Editor’s Note:
By popular demand our newsletter, the Hot Sheet, has been resurrected. A popular item, Around the Beat, will appear in the next issue. To keep this newsletter going I will need your help. Please send me anything interesting you might want to share with our members. Gossip, info on your travels, articles etc. Send to: zkkasprzyk@gmail.com or mail to the WSRDSPOA PO Box. Thanks for your help.

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2016 Old Cops Party
in Yuma, AZ

ANNUAL OLD COP’S POT LUCK AND PARTY
1 MAR 2016 @ 1500 HRS
YUMA, AZ
HOSTED BY Tom & Debby Pritchard 13790 E. 53 Ln.
928-345-9838. E-Mail: tomndebp@localnet.com.

A note from Tom

It’s almost time for the annual Fun In The Sun. This year it will again be at Tom & Debby’s place, two of the best hosts in Yuma.
The following will be furnished: Chicken, Ham, Margaritas, Daiquiris, Beer, Pop, Water, Ice and Lee’s Music. Please bring a side dish / dessert and a friend or two.

Motel in Foothills area: Microtel 928-345-7777, has a discounted rate of $58.91 per night for a minimum of 10 rooms. Located at Hwy 8 & Exit 12, (Fortuna Ave). When reserving inform them you are with the Old Cops group and ask about Pet Policy if you have pets.

Tom & Debby

A note from Lee Hahn

Old Cop’s Golf is on the 29 Feb at 1200 hrs start time, at the Mesa Del Sol golf course in the Foothills area, 12213 E. Calle Del Cid. 928-342-1283.
Green Fees of $36 for 18 holes, $28 for 9 holes. Those that want to only play 9 holes, let me know as I need to marry those folks with other 9 hole players.

Please RSVP one week early via E-Mail, 22 Feb, as the course wants a confirmation on the “T” time reservations and number of foursomes. I have 6 reserved. I have a roster for this year in MS Works Spreadsheet format that I can send to anyone interested via E-Mail.
Lee & Diane Hahn
13840 E. 52 Dr. Yuma, AZ, 85367
509-679-2888 (Verizon)
E-Mail: ka7gon@msn.com.

2015 Old Cops Party in Yuma2015 Old Cops Party in Yuma, AZ
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WEBSITE UPDATE

How do you get onto the website? Our website is: www.wsrdspoa.org

You need a Username and I will assign one to you.
You also will be assigned a temporary Password.
After you login, we recommend that you to go to “Profile” and change your Password. Look for the Black Bar at top of the window – right side says “Howdy, …” Now look to left side – it shows icon of “house & WSRDSPOA” – put mouse icon over WSRDSPOA – a drop-down window shows Dashboard – click on Dashboard. Dashboard opens along left side – click on “Profile”. Scroll down and make your changes – scroll to bottom and click on Blue box “Update Profile”. That should do it. This should work for adding your picture too.

If you have any trouble getting on to the website or have any questions, email or call me. Don McCabe – email: don.mccabe41@gmail.com or call 509 951-0399.
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DUES TIME

Your annual WSRDSPOA Dues are still $20.00 per year.
Please send your $20 check to:

W S R D S P O A
P.O. Box 1805
Sumner, WA 98390

So how do I find my dues date?

For those who still receive the Hot Sheet via US Postal Service – check the mailing label for the year of your last dues payment.

In order to check your dues date, log onto the website – www.wsrdspoa.org
Look for the Black bar across the top. Go to ” Howdy, (Your name)” at top right. See Dropdown window.
Go to “Edit My Profile” & Click.
Scroll down and on the left side you should see “Member Dues” & Year.
If you see 2014 or 2015 you owe dues. If you see 2016 or higher – you do not owe dues. Yes, you can pay up a few years ahead, but five or ten years is not necessary.
Besides, it does not guarantee you will live that long. (If you have trouble logging onto the website – please email me: don.mccabe41@gmail.com or call 509-951-0399)

As a last resort only, you can call or email our Treasurer Tina Waddle – 253-863-9188 or tew1215@hotmail.com and she will check her records.

With WA State Legislature in session, now is not the time to get cut off for not paying your dues. Those who have a dues date of 2014 will be cutoff by April 15, 2015.
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CONTACT INFORMATION
Mike Clements, President: jmclements_1@msn.com or call (509)-521-2974 (C) (509)-545-6199
Ralph Waddle, Vice President West Side: deputyduck2@gmail.com or call (253) 863-9188 (C) (243) 241-0729
Don McCabe,Vice President East Side & Website: don.mccabe41@gmail.com or call (509) 951-0399
Stan Reider, Secretary: standyr@mail.asisna.com or call (509) 725-3721 (C) 509 721-0765
Tina Waddle, Treasurer: tew1215@hotmail.com or call (253) 863-9188
Ronnie Johnston, West Side Executive Board Member: r7t9@aol.com or call (206) 595-6819
Doug Partlow, West Side Executive Board Member: dougpart@aol.com or call (509) 698-4648
Mike Chaney, West Side Executive Board Member: 6dmike@comcast.net or call (206) 926-0760
Felix Ramon, East Side Executive Board Member: framon2@dishmail.net or call (509) 762-5973
Diane Erickson, East Side Executive Board Member: derickson024@gmail.com or call (509) 255-9156
Dennis Hooper, East Side Executive Board Member: derickson024@gmail.com or call (509) 255-9156
Zbig Kasprzyk, Hot Sheet Editor, zkkasprzyk@gmail.com or call (360 825-2892
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Around the Beat:

Will continue in the next issue

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2016 Old Cops Party in Yuma, AZ

2016 Old Cops Party in Yuma, AZ

ANNUAL

OLD COP’S POT LUCK AND PARTY

1 MAR 2016 @ 1500 HRS
 
HOSTED BY Tom & Debby Pritchard  13790 E. 53 Ln.
YUMA, AZ
928-345-9838.   E-Mail: tomndebp@localnet.com.
 
A note from Tom
 
It’s almost time for the annual Fun In The Sun. This year it will again be at Tom & Debby’s place, two of the best hosts in Yuma.
The following will be furnished: Chicken, Ham, Margaritas, Daiquiris, Beer, Pop, Water, Ice and Lee’s Music. Please bring a side dish / dessert and a friend or two.
 
Motel in Foothills area: Microtel 928-345-7777, has a discounted rate of $58.91 per night for a minimum of 10 rooms. Located at Hwy 8 & Exit 12, (Fortuna Ave). When reserving inform them you are with the Old Cops group and ask about Pet Policy if you have pets.
 
Tom & Debby
A note from Lee Hahn
 
Old Cop’s Golf is on the 29 Feb at 1200 hrs start time, at the Mesa Del Sol golf course in the Foothills area, 12213 E. Calle Del Cid. 928-342-1283.
Green Fees of $36 for 18 holes, $28 for 9 holes. Those that want to only play 9 holes, let me know as I need to marry those folks with other 9 hole players.
 
Please RSVP one week early via E-Mail, 22 Feb, as the course wants a confirmation on the “T” time reservations and number of foursomes. I have 6 reserved. I have a roster for this year in MS Works Spreadsheet format that I can send to anyone interested via E-Mail.
Lee & Diane Hahn
13840 E. 52 Dr. Yuma, AZ, 85367. 509-679-2888 (Verizon) E-Mail:
ka7gon@msn.com.


2015 Annual Old Cops Party in Yuma, AZ

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1st 2016 Legislative Issue – SB5873

My purpose for this email is to bring to your attention the legislative status of
SB5873 and my participation in it’s process as a stakeholder. As you are probably aware, my husband, Dennis was a KCSO retiree who passed away in 2009. After he died, I learned he could have named me as a beneficiary, but we were not aware of this because we did not get the letter from DRS advising of the new bill giving me eligibility. I believe some folks think we were out sailing somewhere, which is incorrect. We were living on our boat in Portsmouth as official residents of Virginia. We were employed, had an address, driver’s licenses, carry permits and we voted and paid taxes. Had we received that letter, Dennis certainly would have named me as his beneficiary. He tried to do so a few years earlier, but was denied because his ex-wife was receiving a portion of his retirement benefits.
As you know SB5873 was introduced and amended in the 2015 legislative session. It passed unanimously in the Senate but died in the House. I believe part of the reason for that was the perception that the bill has a fiscal cost. It does not. We tried to overcome that misinformation but time was running out and the budget was, of course, the priority. This fall I attended all the Select Committee on Pension Policy meetings in Olympia and testified at their hearing on the bill in December. I’m happy to report they endorsed the bill unanimously. So now it is in the Senate Rules Committee, and I understand it can be sent to the House Appropriations Committee without going through the full process again. Hopefully that will happen soon. Once it is in Appropriations, we will need a lot of support to get them to give it a hearing and to pass it. I’m hoping some WSRDSPOA members will attend, and of course letters and emails will be needed too. When I testified at the Senate Ways and Means hearing last year, I was really surprised and disappointed to see a very small show of support. If I remember correctly, the only ones to testify were three members of the LEOFF1 Coalition, Dick Warbrouck, President of Retired Firefighters of Washington and myself.   There was one Kent Police Department retiree and his wife in the audience. That’s pretty sad when this impacts people’s lives so profoundly.
I’d appreciate it if you’d pass this information on. I think a little reminder that we have work to do will help. Thank you.
Sincerely,
Sonja Ericson-Russell

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Sonja needs our help with this bill.  I will try to keep you informed in a timely manner, but remember that sometimes things move very fast in the Legislature.  So when requested to respond, don’t put it off until tomorrow.  Please respond as soon as you can.
Don McCabe
Eastside VP

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UPDATE: 2015 Annual Convention

UPDATE: 2015 Annual Convention

UPDATE: 2015 Annual Convention

September 17-19, 2015

Columbia Sun RV Resort

103907 Wiser Parkway

Kennewick,WA

855-833-3886 or 509-420-4880

http://columbiasunrvresort.com/

 

I-82, 5 miles south & west of Kennewick

 Full hookups at every site

 Free Wi-Fi and Direct TV

 Picnic tables

 145 total sites on 25 beautiful acres

 70 large sites for Big Motor Coaches

 

We have the Red Sites close to the Clubhouse 

When making a reservation, be sure to let the resort know you are attending the annual WSRDSPOA Convention or “The Old Cops”.  Twenty sites have been set aside for our group. That block of sites will be held until June 1. After that date, the remaining sites will be opened to the public.  Call NOW.

WSRDSPOA CONVENTION GOLF

John Beard the Convention Golf Coordinator informs us all that there will be nine holes of tournament golf played this year. This is an effort to attract more participants. For those that wish to play eighteen holes you may continue on after the first nine. If there are not enough members to hold a tournament, players will just enjoy the game. Please contact John at (509) 932-4081 or email John at johnmyra@smwireless.net before Sept.10th for Tee Time and location.

CONVENTION ACCOMMODATIONS

There are accommodations nearby for those not planning to stay in a Recreational Vehicle. In order to receive a group rate from the hotels below, reservations must be made before the cutoff dates below. Mention that you are with the WSRDSPOA or “The Old Cops”.  All will honor the discount rate for our group, Wednesday 9/16/15 through Saturday 9/19/15. I blocked 10 rooms at each hotel.  Rates do not include any taxes. All the rooms reserved are king bed but each motel stated they could accommodate double queens if necessary. Booking cut-off dates for each motel are as follows:  Best Western Plus rates available until August 24th. Rate, king $102, double queens, $118.  Baymont Inn and Suites rates available until September 1st. Rate, king $72, double queen $82.  LaQuinta Inn and Suites rates available until August 19th. Rate, $94. After those dates the room blocks will be lifted. All the motels are just off Hwy 84 on Hwy 395, about seven miles east of the RV site. The motels are close to the golf course where we will have our banquet. Those members wishing to stay in motels near the mall will have to secure and bargain their own rates. The three blocked discount motels should be adequate for our group.

Best Western Plus                          Baymont Inn and Suites             La Quinta Inn and Suites
4001 W 27th Ave                              4220 W 27th Ave                          2600 S Quillan St         Kennewick, WA 99337                     Kennewick, WA 99338                  Kennewick, WA 99338
(509) 586-1332                                (509) 736-3326                              (509) 736-3656
King $102 to Dbl Queens $118        King $72- Dbl Queens $82/nite     $94/nite

Kenn Motels

 Don’t Wait – Book your Reservation NOW ! ! !

Here is the preliminary schedule of events for the September convention. One big change; we are moving our banquet to Thursday night.  The price for the banquet buffet will be $29.50 per person. This includes taxes and an 18% gratuity. This is the same rate as last year. I thought they did a nice job with the buffet last year and we are assured of the same quality. Liquor and soft drinks will be available for purchase. As with last year we will collect all the money and pay with one check.  A large golf tournament on Friday took all the space available at the club house. This will mean there will be no potluck on Thursday. Friday night will now be free for individual dinners, gatherings or if some wish to potluck, the event center is available. John Beard has agreed to set up the golf for Thursday morning and can be listed as the golf sign-up contact. I will again lead a wine tour on Friday afternoon. We will reserve space at the Country Gentleman for the men’s and women’s luncheon on Friday.

Schedule of events:

 
Thursday, September 17, 2015
0900-1300    Golf at Canyon Lakes course
 
1800-2000    Banquet at Canyon Lakes Golf Course, club house. Guest speaker, Richland Police Chief, Chris Skinner.
Friday, September 18, 2015
0900-1130    General Business meeting, Columbia Sun RV event center
 
1200-1315    Men’s and Women’s luncheon, Country Gentleman restaurant
 
1330-1600    Wine tour, local wineries. 
 
Friday evening is open for informal gatherings, dinners, potluck.
 
Saturday, September 19, 2015
0900-1130    Board meeting
 
Adjornment.

 

 

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3 HR-218 Shoots

3 HR-218 Shoots

3 HR-218 Shoots

Chehalis, WA May 9th

Centralia, WA May 17th

Spokane PD Academy Jun 17th

HR218 Qualifications
May 9, 2015

 

 

HR218 Firearms Qualification / Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act

10:00 AM Saturday, May 9, 2015

Chehalis Police Department Range

Chehalis, Washington 

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The LEASW invites you to join us for an 8:00am no-host breakfast on Saturday,

May 9, 2015 at the Denny’s Restaurant off Exit 76/Hwy 5 in Chehalis, WA (east

side of Hwy 5).

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FEES: $40.00 for all qualified participants

 

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT DEADLINE: Saturday, May 2, 2015

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REQUEST REGISTRATION DOCUMENTS from Carol Hurley: (360) 985-0748 /cjhurley@hughes.net  

NOTE: Please send checks made payable to “LEASW” along with your completed

registration form to: LEASW, P.O. Box 1015, Centralia, WA 98531.  

 

Questions???Contact LEASW HR218 Coordinator Tracy Wiese

at 360-269-9181 / dicktracy@lewiscounty.com, or Executive Assistant

James E. Eckrich at 360-951-9298 / jeeckrich@aol.com

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REMINDER:
HR 218 Practice & Shoot
Spokane PD Academy
To all retired “Old Guys”, again I use this term very loosely, that are interested again for the annual HR 218 shoot at the academy.
Practice dates: April 6th, May 4th and June 1st.
HR 218 shoot is scheduled for Wednesday June 17th, 2015 at the Spokane Police Academy.
If you are interested in one or all of the practice dates please email me because I only can take a maximum of 5 at a time on the North range.  We will start at 0800 and go to either 1100 or 1200 hours depending the number of folks that attend.  I want everyone to get a chance to shoot and I do not want people standing around to shoot so we will arrange times for all.  If we need more times I can arrange this later down the road,  You may shoot as many times as you would like or as many guns.

PLEASE REMEMBER, SAFETY FIRST ABOVE ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Also, I would like to have my much appreciated volunteers get in touch with me so I can get a number.  I would appreciate my cooks to get in touch so we can plan the super lunch again for the troops.

Thank you all and we will have a wonderful time as usual.

Robert T. Bro
DO NOT HIT REPLY – EMAIL BOB BRO AT:     blakob@comcast.net

or call my land line is 509-953-5066

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WACOPS Legislative Update – Final Week

WACOPS Legislative Update – Final Week

   

WACOPS Legislative Update

Final Week  – 4/17/15 

Final Week
 
The legislature adjourned yesterday. The adjournment marks the end of the 2015 regular session. Unfortunately and unsurprisingly, neither the House nor Senate came to an agreement on a budget. The Governor has called for a special session to start on Wednesday, the 29th. Legislators will reconvene in Olympia to continue working toward a budget deal. It is important to know that while the Governor has the power to call a special session, he does not have the power to set the legislature’s agenda.
There is no way to tell how long the legislature will haggle over the budget. The beginning of the new fiscal year is July 1st and state operations can’t occur without legally appropriated funds. Having no budget agreement means that there are no legally appropriated funds which means the state government shuts down. The political fallout from a government shutdown is normally sufficient to produce a budget compromise. That said, this year is not a normal year. It’s been a complex and difficult session and chances are good that it’s only going to get wilder in Olympia!
 
This will be the last regular session legislative update but we at WACOPS intend to keep you informed when important legislative action occurs. Keep your eyes peeled for new updates.

Bear Attack

Our very own board member, Sgt. Ted Jackson, was in the news this week.

A male jogger was attacked by a black bear on Joint Base Lewis-McChord last week. The victim escaped the attack alive but with injuries. Fish and Wildlife officers commenced a six-day search, eventually dispatching the aggressive animal.

Remarkably, this was the second time that the jogger has been attacked by a bear. “The odds of being attacked once are very slim,” said Sgt. Ted Jackson of WDFW. “The odds of being attacked twice, I would say it’s impossible, last week. But it happened. I just can’t even calculate the odds of being attacked once, let alone twice.”
 
Congrats to Sgt. Jackson and WDFW crew on a successful bear hunt. And we respectfully recommend that the jogger tuck a .357 into his waistband in the future.

LEOFF 2 Vacancy

There is will be an opening on the LEOFF 2 Plan Board this summer. State law reads that that the law enforcement officer board members are appointed by the Governor from a list provided by a recognized statewide council whose membership consists exclusively of guilds, associations, and unions representing state and local government police officers, deputies, and sheriffs and excludes federal law enforcement officers.

The LEOFF 2 Board is responsible for the following:
  • the adoption of actuarial standards to be applied to the plan;
  • providing for additional benefits for firefighters and law enforcement officers subject to the cost limitations provided for in chapter 2, Laws of 2003;
  • exercising fiduciary responsibility in the oversight of those pension management functions assigned to the board;
  • providing effective monitoring of the plan by providing an annual report to the legislature, to the members and beneficiaries of the plan, and to the public;
  • establishing contribution rates for employees, employers, and the state of Washington that will guaranty viability of the plan, subject to the limitations provided for in chapter 2, Laws of 2003;
  • provide for an annual budget and to pay costs from the trust, as part of the normal cost of the plan; and
  • retain professional and technical advisers as necessary for the fulfillment of their statutory responsibilities.
If you’re interested in this position please reply to this email or contact Craig Bulkley at 509-993-9429.

Carryover Bills

It is strategically helpful to understand the nature of “carryover bills” when we start looking ahead to special sessions and the 2016 legislative session.

The legislature works within the framework of a two-year cycle. Just because a bill did not make it all the way through during the regular session in the odd-numbered year does not mean it is “dead.”

At the end of the session, all bills in the second house are returned to the first house; so a House bill in committee in the Senate when session ends is returned to the House. At the start of the next session, be it a special session or the next regular session, bills from the previous session are reintroduced and retained in their present position.

“Carryover” bills can be taken up again in anytime during the biennium. This is in addition to the new bills introduced during the current session. This procedure can make it difficult to keep track of bills during a special session or the second regular session.

WACOPS Bill Report

Click here for the bill report. We appreciate your input and welcome suggestions. Please feel free to contact us with questions or comments. We work for you and the greater input we get, the better we can represent you.

 Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to testify on a bill, please contact us at 1-800-887-2677 or using the information below.

www.wacops.org

200 Union Ave SE
Olympia, WA 98501

 

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WACOPS Legislative Update – Week 14 – 4/17/15

WACOPS Legislative Update – Week 14 – 4/17/15

 

  WACOPS Legislative Update

Week 14 – 4/17/15 

Week 14
This week brought budget negotiations between the House Democrats and the Senate Republicans to the fore. Wednesday was the last day for fiscal bills to pass out of committee. 
 
Next Sunday is “sine die” (Latin meaning “without day”) which refers to the last day of the regular legislative session. The big unanswered question in Olympia and across the state is whether or not the legislature will go into special session.

Budget Negotiations

Budget negotiators from both houses have been meeting in earnest to negotiate the final budget. The main negotiators are Sen. Andy Hill (R-Redmond), Sen. John Braun (R-Centralia), Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle), and Rep. Ross Hunter (D-Bellevue). Their negotiations will take place behind closed doors.

Each side has different ideas about budget priorities and, especially,  how to satisfy recent Supreme Court rulings related to K-12 funding and mental health funding. The budgets differ significantly in how much revenue is raised and what funds are spent on. Gross spending differs between the two budgets by approximately $1 billion dollars.

Bad Bills

There have been a ton of bills introduced during legislative sessions. A lot of bills this year were adverse to the interests of WACOPS members. We wanted to give a brief review of some of the bad bills that were killed this session.

 HB 1017: Allowing for more than one vacation of a misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor conviction.

HB 1024: Reducing the penalty for possession of controlled substances.   

HB 1253: Addressing worker reporting of workplace injuries for purposes of industrial insurance.

HB 1343: Concerning spirits retailers when selling for resale.

SHB 1537: Concerning state liquor control board enforcement officers.

HB 1910: Encouraging effective oversight of law enforcement conduct.

HB 1951: Clarifying the authority of local law enforcement agencies to use unmarked vehicles.

ESB 5226: Protecting public sector workers’ rights through public disclosure of public sector unions’ finances. 

SB 5732: Encouraging effective oversight of law enforcement conduct.

SB 5955: Reimbursing the criminal justice training commission for basic law enforcement training.

SB 5982: Addressing retirement age provisions for new members of the state retirement systems administered by the department of retirement systems.

SB 6076: Garnishing public pensions to pay for the costs of incarceration of a public employee convicted of a felony for misconduct associated with such person’s service as a public employee.

SB 6077: Authorizing forfeiture of the pension of a public employee convicted of a felony for misconduct associated with such person’s service as a public employee.

More information about these bills can be found in the WACOPS Bill Report below.

WACOPS Bill Report

Click here for the bill report. We appreciate your input and welcome suggestions. Please feel free to contact us with questions or comments. We work for you and the greater input we get, the better we can represent you. 

 Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to testify on a bill, please contact us at 1-800-887-2677 or using the information below.  

www.wacops.org  

200 Union Ave SE  
Olympia, WA 98501

 

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the Hot Sheet

Washington State Retired Deputy Sheriffs
and Police Officers Association

P.O. Box 1805, Sumner, WA 98390

Website:  www.wsrdspoa.org 

APRIL 2015

President

Mike Clements, Richland PD

Vice Presidents

West: Ralph Waddle, King Co SO

East: Don McCabe, Spokane Co SO

Secretary

Stan Reider, Lincoln Co SO

Treasurer

Tina Waddle, King County

 

Executive Board

West Members At Large:

Ron Johnston, Tukwila PD; Doug Partlow, Tukwila PD; Mike Chaney, Des Moines PD

East Members At Large:

Felix Ramon, Grant Co SO; Diane Erickson, Spokane Co SO; Dennis Hooper, Spokane PD

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Meeting Schedules

 Puget Sound Area

2nd Tues. of the Month 11:00AM 

Black Bear Diner

32065 Pacific Hwy S

Federal Way, WA

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Spokane County

Retired Sheriff Deputies, Employees and Spouses Association

1st Monday of the Month at 11:30AM 

 Darcy’s Restaurant

10502 E Sprague Ave.

Spokane Valley, WA

 

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 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

I am very honored to have been elected President of this great Association. I will do my best to fill the shoes of our Past President.

First, a little information about me for those who either don’t know me or know very little about me.

My career started in December of 1971 in Astoria, Oregon with the P.D. About 3 years later I was promoted to Patrol Sergeant.

In September of 1977 I was hired by the Richland Police department as an officer.

In the summer of 1979 my assignment changed. I was transferred to the Detective Division and I served in that capacity until about 1982. Not long after I was promoted to Corporal and assigned to a patrol squad.

In 1986 I was assigned to the canine unit and became a handler. I had my canine for 7 years, then, I was promoted to Patrol Sergeant. I served as handler/Sergeant until my canine was retired. I remained a patrol Sergeant until my (medical) retirement in 1998.

Mike Clements

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It is not too early to start thinking about the 2015 Convention at the Columbia Sun RV Resort in Kennewick, WA from September 17th, 18th & 19th.

 2015

Annual Convention

September 17-19, 2015

Columbia Sun RV Resort

103907 Wiser Parkway

Kennewick,WA

855-833-3886 or 509-420-4880

http://columbiasunrvresort.com/

 

I-82, 5 miles south & west of Kennewick

 Full hookups at every site

 Free Wi-Fi and Direct TV

 Picnic tables

 145 total sites on 25 beautiful acres

 70 large sites for Big Motor Coaches

 

When making a reservation, be sure to let the resort know you are attending the annual WSRDSPOA Convention or “The Old Cops”.  Fifty sites have been set aside for our group. That block of sites will be held until June 1. After that date, the remaining sites will be opened to the public.

WSRDSPOA CONVENTION GOLF

John Beard the Convention Golf Coordinator informs us all that there will be nine holes of tournament golf played this year. This is an effort to attract more participants. For those that wish to play eighteen holes you may continue on after the first nine. If there are not enough members to hold a tournament, players will just enjoy the game. Please contact John at (509) 932-4081 or johnmyra@smwireless.net before Sept.10th for Tee Time and location.

CONVENTION ACCOMMODATIONS

There are accommodations nearby for those not planning to stay in a Recreational Vehicle. In order to receive a group rate from the hotels below, reservations must be made before August 1,

2015. Mention that you are with the WSRDSPOA or “The Old Cops”. Ten rooms have been set aside at each hotel.

Richland Holiday Inn Express 1970 Center Parkway, Richland, WA. (509) 737-8000 Contact Person is Heather Sheets. Our members have found that you can deal with a person at the Richland Holiday Express easier that going through the national number for a more personal experience. Explain that you are with “Old Cops” and that you would like the government rate which is shown to be $90 – $114 per night. Please reserve in advance.

Kennewick Super 8 626 North Columbia Center Blvd, Kennewick, WA. (509) 736-6888. Rates are about $62.23. Please Reserve in Advance for an additional 15% discount from their Government rate. Mention that you are with the “Old Cops”.

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WEBSITE UPDATE

How do you get onto the website? Our website is:   www.wsrdspoa.org

You need a Username and I will assign one to you.

You also will be assigned a temporary Password.

After you login, we recommend that you to go to “Profile” and change your Password. Look for the Black Bar at top of the window – right side says “Howdy, …”  Now look to left side – it shows icon of “house & WSRDSPOA” – put mouse icon over WSRDSPOA – a drop-down window shows Dashboard – click on Dashboard.
Dashboard opens along left side – click on “Profile”.
Scroll down and make your changes – scroll to bottom and click on Blue box “Update Profile”.  That should do it. This should work for adding your picture too.

If you have any trouble getting on to the website or have any questions, email or call me. Don McCabe – email: don.mccabe41@gmail.com or call 509 951-0399.

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DUES TIME

Your annual WSRDSPOA Dues are still $20.00 per year.

Please send your $20 check to:

W S R D S P O A

P.O. Box 1805

Sumner, WA 98390

So how do I find my dues date?

For those who still receive the Hot Sheet via US Postal Service – check the mailing label for the year of your last dues payment.

In order to check your dues date, log onto the website – www.wsrdspoa.org

Look for the Black bar across the top. Go to ” Howdy, (Your name)” at top right. See Dropdown window.

Go to “Edit My Profile” & Click.

Scroll down and on the left side you should see “Member Dues” & Year.

If you see 2013 or 2014 you owe dues. If you see 2015 or higher – you do not owe dues. Yes, you can pay up a few years ahead, but five or ten years is not necessary.

Besides, it does not guarantee you will live that long.  (If you have trouble logging onto the website – please email me: don.mccabe41@gmail.com or call 509-951-0399)

As a last resort only, you can call or email our Treasurer Tina Waddle – 253-863-9188 or tew1215@hotmail.com and she will check her records.

With WA State Legislature in session, now is not the time to get cut off for not paying your dues. Those who have a dues date of 2013 will be cutoff by April 15, 2015.

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 2015   W S R D S P O A

ELECTION RESULTS

Officers: Executive Board West:
President – Mike Clements – 112 Ron Johnston – 111
VP West – Ralph Waddle – 115 Doug Partlow – 109
VP East – Don McCabe – 115 Mike Chaney – 61   Gary Lentz – 54
Secretary – Stan Reider – 115 Executive Board East:
Treasurer – Tina Waddle – 109 Felix Ramon – 110
Diane Erickson – 112
Dennis Hooper – 112

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  CONTACT INFORMATION

Mike Clements, Presidentjmclements_1@msn.com  or call (509)-521-2974 (C) (509)-545-6177

Ralph Waddle, Vice President West Sidedeputyduck2@comcast.net  or call (253) 863-9188 (C) (243) 241-0729

Don McCabe,Vice President East Side & Website Administratordon.mccabe41@gmail.com  or call (509) 951-0399

Stan Reider, Secretary: standyr@mail.asisna.com or call (509) 725-3721 (C) 509 721-0765

Tina Waddle, Treasurertew1215@hotmail.com  or call (253) 863-9188

Ronnie Johnston, West Side Executive Board Member:  r7t9@aol.com or call (206) 595-6819

Doug Partlow, West Side Executive Board Memberdougpart@aol.com or call (509) 698-4648

Mike Chaney, West Side Executive Board Member6dmike@comcast.net or call (206) 926-0760

Felix Ramon, East Side Executive Board Member:   framon2@dishmail.net or call (509) 762-5973

Diane Erickson, East Side Executive Board Memberderickson024@gmail.com or call (509) 255-9156

Dennis Hooper, East Side Executive Board Memberderickson024@gmail.com or call (509) 255-9156

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Around the Beat:

We have heard from Eldred and Donna Nelson. They are living in assisted care in Yuma AZ. He is retired from the King County Sheriff’s department.

David and Cheryl Barnard retired from the King County Sheriff’s department. Dues paid.

John and Joann Simmons, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. John sent a note just to let us know the “weather is warm and sunny and NO snow. They now live in Florida.

Ron Amer said “thank you and hopes for a great year.” Ron is retired from the Yakima County Sheriff’s department.

John and Norma McGregor apologized for being tardy but says things are better now. He is retired Spokane County Sheriff’s Department.

Mr. and Mrs. Gil Ackerman, King County Sheriff’s department. Dues paid.

Marrian and Diane Peebles they say they farm 73 acres of apples and cherries in Chelan WA. He is retired from the Chelan P.D. as Chief.

Ken and Loretta Bennett. They were a little tardy but they have been on the road. Ken is retired from Spokane P.D.

J.J. and Melissa Jankauskas retired from Seattle P.D. They enjoy RVing, skiing, hiking, fishing and Grand Children.

Helen Maxwell’s spouse retired from Tukwila P.D. in 1976. She likes making jewelry, and she enjoys her son Robert, daughter Denise (in South Carolina) and her three grandsons and two great grandsons. She now lives in assisted living.

Leo Hursh retired from King County Sheriff’s and is survived by his wife Carolyn. She thanked us for all we do.

Robert Fox and wife Cheryl, retired Des Moines P.D. and they enjoy RC aircraft and travel.

We have two new associate members.

Zbigniew and Kareen Kasprzyk retired from King County SO. They have been married for 38 years and enjoy church activities, and enjoy their two daughters, camping, fishing, hunting, photography, and gardening. He is a LEOFF 2 member. Welcome aboard!!

The second new Associate is Douglas P Sundby and his wife Mary K. He is a PERS 1 member and retired from the Port of Seattle Police May 31 2002. Welcome aboard!! He was sponsored by Gary Fox.

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SPECIAL AWARD

receives her 25 Year Award. We are all concerned about Jenny retiring and who will replace her. She’s been very good for those retirees that are from King County or some of the smaller departments that do not have their own retirement/disability boards. She has done a great job for us.

On Monday April 20th, Jenny Chung, LEOFF1 Claims Specialist, will be honored for her 25th year with King County. The ceremony will take place in the Council Chambers on the 10th  floor of the King County Courthouse at 1:30PM. Jenny was hired by Jon McCracken, the chief financial officer for the Sheriff’s Office on January 29, 1990.

Jenny started out in the medical field in 1976 when she became a member of the Taiwan National Biochemical Defense Military Forces being posted with the commensurate military rank of Captain after graduating from college in Taiwan. She was assigned for duty to a reinforced military bunker built underneath a cottage belonging to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek in Taiwan. She immigrated to the United States and settled in Seattle in 1982.

She was working for a clinic in Seattle when she was hired to manage the LEOFF1 program in King County. She has been the only person in that position for 25 years. She started out with 200 LEOFF 1 retirees and today has 284 retired members. Except for one occasion when she was granted permission to attend a LEOFF 1 conference at her own expense her expertise is based on her prior knowledge, experience and skills that she acquired before being hired. She relies on her initiative to keep current with all of the changes and advances in the medical field to keep current on her job. She transferred to Benefits, Payroll and Retirement Operations on January 1, 2012. The LEOFF1 program was later reassigned to the Benefits Office to be reconstituted in her new assignment.

Her new assignment is complimented by the professional staff and supervisors in Benefits, Payroll and Retirement Operations experienced in the administration and management of medical benefits.

With an ever increasing and demanding workload Jenny continues to exercise sound financial management with a commitment to deliver services that meets and exceeds the standards of efficiency, quality and customer service. She has been complimented for her performance by her new supervisors that recognize what being attentive and friendly without compromising the integrity of her fiduciary duty toward building the County’s fiscal strength can do to quickly resolve complex issues in the medical claims and benefits system. Jenny’s award for being recognized by the County is well deserved.

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 HOT SHEET CONTRIBUTORS

(Help Needed)

Since Joe Dawson has retired, we are at a loss for members willing to contribute articles to the Hot Sheet.  If anyone likes to write, one article per month, we would be happy to put it into the Hot Sheet.(Within reason)  We need anything law enforcement related.  Keep in mind, the more information that we have, the more frequently we can publish the Hot Sheet.  Also, any pictures of meetings or parties can be included in the email nd website versions.  The USPS (snail mail) version is black & white and usually no pictures.

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WACOPS Legislative Update – Week 12 – 4/3/15

WACOPS Legislative Update – Week 12 – 4/3/15

WACOPS Legislative Update 

April 4th, 2015

 

Week 12
This week brought intense budget and policy discussions. Wednesday, April 1st was the cutoff date for policy committees to pass out bills from the opposite house. The House passed their budget along party lines on Thursday evening. The Senate passed their supplemental budget out but failed to pass their operating budget, eventually adjourning early on Friday morning. The Senate will reconvene again on Monday to consider their budget. The cutoff date for fiscal committees is Tuesday.

Brady Bill

 HB 1512, regarding use of Brady Lists, was WACOPS’ top priority policy bill this year and proved to be our biggest disappointment. It passed out of the House 98-0 with the support of the prosecutor’s association, WAPA. The Chairman of the Senate Law & Justice Committee (Sen. Padden-Spokane) gave the bill a hearing but did not call it up for a vote. Four of the seven Senators on the Committee were co-sponsors of the companion bill, SB 5589, and six of the seven members had committed to voting for the bill without amendments. An amendment was offered by the State Patrol Mgmt. that not only would have gutted the bill, but would have made current law even worse for LE officers placed on the prosecutor’s list. Given the choice of having the amendment adopted or have the bill die, we choose to let it go this year. We will work it again next year.

 Budget Comparisons

 There have been three proposed budgets this year: the Governor’s budget, the House budget, and the Senate budget. Below you will find the three budget proposals compared based on relevant legislative priorities.


For more information, the Association of Washington Cities has a similar chart presenting budget impacts to local government from a more general perspective HERE.

WACOPS Bill Report

Click here for the bill report. We appreciate your input and welcome suggestions. Please feel free to contact us with questions or comments. We work for you and the greater input we get, the better we can represent you.

 Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to testify on a bill, please contact us at 1-800-887-2677 or using the information below.

www.wacops.org

200 Union Ave SE
Olympia, WA 98501

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REMINDER: April E-Board Meeting in Spokane

REMINDER: April E-Board Meeting in Spokane

REMINDER:

April E-Board Meeting

in Spokane

We have scheduled the next Executive Board Meeting for Wednesday April 29th in Spokane Valley.

We are moving the location to Darcy’s in Spokane Valley at the University Mall, 10502 E Sprague Ave Spokane Valley, WA 99037. 509-891-0773 at 11:00AM.

You might want to keep the date and travel time clear.

All members are welcome to attend the Executive Board meeting, but please RSVP Don McCabe at don.mccabe41@gmail.com or call 509 951-0399.  (E-Board members have already RSVPed)

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