the Hot Sheet
Washington State Retired Deputy Sheriffs and Police Officers Association
P.O. Box 1805, Sumner, WA 98390
Mike Clements, Richland PD
West: Ralph Waddle, King Co SO
East: Don McCabe, Spokane Co SO
Stan Reider, Lincoln Co SO
Tina Waddle, King County
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
Puget Sound Area
2nd Tues. of the Month 11:00AM
Black Bear Diner
32065 Pacific Hwy S
Federal Way, WA
Retired Sheriff Deputies, Employees and Spouses Association
1st Monday of the Month at 11:30AM
10502 E Sprague Ave.
Spokane Valley, WA
WSRDSPOA ANNUAL CONVENTION
If you can, please attend our state convention in Kennewick, we have a very important vote where we make the decision to include LEOFF 2 as full members or not.
2016 Annual Convention
September 15-17, 2016
Columbia Sun RV Resort
103907 Wiser Parkway
855-833-3886 or 509-420-4880
Best Western Plus
4001 W 27th Avenue
Kennewick, WA, 99337
Phone: 509 586-1332
Thursday, September 15, 2016
0900 – Golf at Canyon Lakes
1830-2030 – Banquet at Canyon Lakes. Guest speaker Jim Raymond, Franklin County Sheriff.
Friday, September 16, 2016
0900-1130 General Business meeting, Columbia Sun RV Resort, event center
1200-1315 Men’s and Women’s luncheon, Country Gentleman restaurant.
1330-1600 Wine tour, local wineries.
1730 Potluck gathering, Columbia Sun event center.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
0900-1100 Board meeting, Columbia Sun event center
LEOFF 1 / TRS 1 Merger
The following article is the latest update we have from the LEOFF 1 Coalition on the status of the merger bill.
Merger Round Table #1 – A failure?
Merger Round Table #2 – Scheduled
There has been a lot of discussion about the LEOFF 1/TRS 1 merger study. The Select Committee has even gone so far as to establish a series of Round Table Discussions about the issues involved. The idea behind this approach was to give the stakeholders an opportunity to discuss the bill and its implications in depth. Ideally we would be able to get clear and truthful answers from the committee staffs, legislators and the actuary.
Thus far that has not happened. We have had one Round Table meeting but there were no legislators, except for Senator Conway, who opposed SB 6668. There was no one from the Actuary’s office that could address our questions dealing with the impacts of such a merger. There was no one from the Attorney General’s Office that would speak to the legal issues involved.
So, this meeting became just an airing of views from a group of stakeholders that by-and-large oppose the bill on various grounds.
This will get us nowhere. We already know we oppose it. We already know that our lawyers say it is illegal. We already know that it is bad public policy. We already know it is bad pension policy. The Round Table should provide an opportunity to discuss the issues with those who see the proposal as legal and good policy. I guess there aren’t any.
Over 1400 surveys have been completed. Hundreds of unique questions have been asked. Hundreds of concerns have been expressed. No questions have been answered and no concerns have been addressed.
Our only goal in participating in this study is to convince the Select Committee to issue a report that declares the merger concept to be illegal and bad public policy. To declare that it is purely a political effort to extract funds from the budget by not paying the premiums already promised. To declare that it is yet another slap in the face for teachers at the expense of police officers and fire fighters.
We are running out of time to fully investigate this proposal and produce a coherent report. A second Round Table discussion has not even been scheduled. This is not working.
While we thank Senator Conway for his effort to provide stakeholders with some participation in this process, it has failed and it is looking more and more like it will fail. I think the best we can hope for from the SCPP is a non-committal report with a lot of actuarial numbers and a legal report that is wishy-washy at best.
That means that we will need to address this with the legislators directly-the same way we deal with all legislation. That means we write letters and emails. That means we call the legislators directly. That means we walk the halls in Olympia and convince the legislators that it would be a mistake to vote for this bill.
Ultimately, if it should pass, we will need to resort to legal action to stop it. I am comfortable we can win such a lawsuit, but I also believe it is in everybody’s interest to avoid that action if possible.
LEOFF 1 Roundtable Meeting #2
Where: JLOB – House office bldg. basement – on capitol campus
When: August 30, 2016, 1:00 PM
State Actuary Matt Smith will be at this meeting to explain the LEOFF 1 and TRS 1 merger proposal and answer questions.
Senator Steve Conway
(360) 786-7656 Olympia
Retired Brothers and Sisters, I am relatively new to this retirement stuff and all the politics involved. After listening to a lot of folks and seeing what is going on, it seems to me that our state government is broken. We won’t even talk about what is going on at the national level.
I am extremely bothered by talk of the mergers, whether they are LEOFF 1 and TRS 1 or LEOFF 1 and LEOFF 2. What I see happening is our legislature looking for a quick fix without looking at long-term solutions. The quick fix will not work, just look at the numbers and we can all see that LEOFF 1 does not have enough money to bail out TRS 1. I personally don’t want to see any kind of merger that involves any of our retirement systems whether they are LEOFF, TRS or PERS. If any kind of merger goes through I think it is an extremely dangerous precedent that will be set by our legislature.
For you LEOFF 2 guys who would love to get your mitts on the LEOFF 1 monies and want to see that merger go through, just think of the Pandora’s box that will open. Don’t you think that at a later date the legislature won’t try to merge us with whatever other system they have mismanaged? If they do merge us with a system that is mismanaged, for those still working, what do you think that will do to their monthly contributions? They will certainly not go down. Have you seen what has happened in California and other states that have mismanaged their state retirement systems?
Let’s all team up together to stop any and all mergers now.
Key WACOPS Primary Election Results
It takes two weeks to count all of the mail-in ballots and to certify the primary election. Here are some results from the August 2nd Primary, the top-two candidates in each race will advance to the November 8th general election. WACOPS endorsed candidates have done quite well with only a few surprises. Voter turnout was 34.8% of the 4.1 million registered voters in the state.
WACOPS made endorsements in three of the statewide races and in each of them, the WACOPS endorsed candidate will move on to the general election. Governor Jay Inslee (D) holds a 49%-38% lead, Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D) is ahead 72%-27% and in the Secretary of State race, Kim Wyman (R) leads 49%-47%. Each of the Federal candidates that we endorsed holds at least a 10 point advantage on their challenger.
The Legislature is where things get interesting. With the entire House up for election and half of the Senate. The following races with WACOPS endorsed candidates are some of the closest and could have the greatest impact on the upcoming legislative session. Again, only the top two finishers, regardless of party, move on to the general election in each legislative district (LD):
- 1st LD Senate- Guy Palumbo (D) is finishing second with 31% of the vote and a 801 vote lead over the third place finisher
- 5th LD Senate- Senator Mark Mullet (D) holds a 51%-49% (350 vote) lead.
- 17th LD Senate- Representative Lynda Wilson (R) is in a dead heat with a 50 vote lead.
- 30th LD House- Representative Linda Kochmar (R) trails by 4% in Position 1; and Representative Teri Hickel (R) is ahead by 68 votes in Position 2.
- 41st LD Senate- Senator Steve Litzow (R) is in a 48%-48% race and is behind by 111 votes.
- 44th LD House- Janice Huxford (R) trails by 5% (1363 votes).
Because the General Election in November will see double the turnout and there are three months left for campaigning, the above races and many others could have dramatically different results when it counts! If you have any questions or input on any of these highlighted races or others, please contact WACOPS Executive Director Carl Nelson (360) 791-3116 or the Lobbyist Bud Sizemore (253) 951-5090.
For a complete list of WACOPS endorsed candidates visit the WACOPS website www.wacops.org
and log into “Members Resources”.
Please take time to vote this November, make sure you learn all you can about the candidates prior to casting your ballot.
What Are Policemen Made Of?
by Paul Harvey
Don’t credit me with the mongrel prose: it has many parents-at least 420,000 of them: Policemen.
A Policeman is a composite of what all men are, mingling of a saint and sinner, dust and deity.
Gulled statistics wave the fan over the stinkers, underscore instances of dishonesty and brutality because they are “new”. What they really mean is that they are exceptional, unusual, not commonplace.
Buried under the frost is the fact: Less than one-half of one percent of policemen misfit the uniform. That’s a better average than you’d find among clergy!
What is a policeman made of? He, of all men, is once the most needed and the most unwanted. He’s a strangely nameless creature who is “sir” to his face and “fuzz” to his back
He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will think he won. But…If the policeman is neat, he’s conceited; if he’s careless, he’s a bum. If he’s pleasant, he’s flirting, if not, he’s a grouch.
He must make an instant decision which would require months for a lawyer to make.
But…If he hurries, he’s careless; if he’s deliberate, he’s lazy. He must be first to an accident and infallible with his diagnosis. He must be able to start breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints and, above all, be sure the victim goes home without a limp. Or expect to be sued.
The police officer must know every gun, draw on the run, and hit where it doesn’t hurt. He must be able to whip two men twice his size and half his age without damaging his uniform and without being “brutal”. If you hit him, he’s a coward. If he hits you, he’s a bully.
A policeman must know everything-and not tell. He must know where all the sin is and not partake.
A policeman must, from a single strand of hair, be able to describe the crime, the weapon and the criminal- and tell you where the criminal is hiding.
But…If he catches the criminal, he’s lucky; if he doesn’t, he’s a dunce. If he gets promoted, he has political pull; if he doesn’t, he’s a dullard. The policeman must chase a bum lead to a dead-end, stake out ten nights to tag one witness who saw it happen-but refused to remember.
The policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy and a gentleman.
And, of course, he’d have to be genius….For he will have to feed a family on a policeman’s salary.
Whatever you may look like, marry a man our own age. As your beauty fades, so will his eyesight. -Phyllis Diller
Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?
Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the sidewalk before it stops snowing.
The reason women don’t play football is because 11 of them would never wear the same outfit in public.
Best way to get rid of kitchen odours: Eat out.
A bachelor is a guy who never made the same mistake once.
I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.
Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going.
Any time three New Yorkers get into a cab without an argument, a bank has just been robbed.
We spend the first twelve months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve years telling them to sit down and shut up.
Burt Reynolds once asked me out. I was in his room.
What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.
The only time I ever enjoyed ironing was the day I accidentally got gin in the steam iron.
His finest hour lasted a minute and a half.
Old age is when the liver spots show through your gloves.
My photographs don’t do me justice -they just look like me.
I admit, I have a tremendous sex drive. My boyfriend lives forty miles away.
Tranquillizers work only if you follow the advice on the bottle – keep away from children.
I asked the waiter, ‘Is this milk fresh?’ He said, ‘Lady, three hours ago it was grass.’
The reason the golf pro tells you to keep your head down is so you can’t see him laughing.
You know you’re old if they have discontinued your blood type.
A quick note for LEOFF 1, for your info the Life Alert System is covered by your medical but you need a doctor’s prescription to qualify for it.
Around the Beat
Welcome to our newest members.
Carol Massong Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
Jim and Marcia Juchmes King County Sheriff’s Office
Jim loves to ride his motorcycle as long as Marcia gives him time from the “Honey-Do” List.
Annette Louie-Jansen King County Sheriff’s Office
Annette is keeping very busy in retirement with hiking, traveling via planes, trains, RV’s and cruise ships. She loves working in her yard and touching base with family and friends. She volunteers at school, Habitat For Humanity and the USO.
Reed and Linda Anderson
Reed joins us as an Associate member spending his time as a reserve for the King County Sheriff’s Office. Reed loves to cook and garden.
James and Mary-Jane Gonzales Kent Police Dept.
James loves to travel, hike and gardening. He is involved in the Knights of Columbus (welcome Brother Gonzales!!!) and is interested in history, folklore, philosophy and psychology.
Larry and Lois Worland Bremerton Police Dept.
Larry loves golfing, travel and family (his biggest hobby).
Alex and Colleen Stephen Seattle Police Dept.
Del and Jan McNeal Bremerton Police Dept.
Del is another golf enthusiast, loves photography and to repair old clocks. His sweetheart, Jan, is an RN and enjoys quilting.
Ronald and Leonie Froman Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Office
Ronald loves to golf and travel.
Ray Caldwell (Renton PD) says “Hi” and thanks for watching out for the rest of us.
Retired King County Captain Harold Gauntlet passed away recently in Kentwood, Minnesota.
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