February's meeting brought in a good crowd with several retiree's also in attendance. The Board invited two speakers, both candidates for the 41st District Court. Dolores Reyes spoke to members 1st and started by introducing herself and giving the membership a brief background on her personal and professional life. Mrs. Reyes thanked members for their service to the citizens of El Paso County and made herself available for questions during the remainder of the meeting. Current County Commissioner Anna Perez spoke next, and also provided the membership with a brief personal and professional background of herself. Mrs. Perez thanked the membership for their service and reminded members how she appreciated the previous two years in which the membership approved CBA concessions with the County. Mrs. Perez also stayed and spoke with members after the meeting.
During the meeting several things were discussed. The first item was the need for members who are ordered to report to Internal Affairs to call and speak with Jose Marrufo or any available CLEAT attorney prior to making a statement. Don't forget that you have 4 hours to confer with your attorney prior to being interviewed by Internal Affairs. Also, reference the polygraph test, the complaining witness (if not an employee) is required to submit and pass the polygraph test in order for you to be required to submit to a polygraph test. It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that you take advantage of the rights afforded to you when you are going through any disciplinary process, no matter the severity.
Another item discussed was the 3 social events planned for members in 2012. The board has agreed to bring back the Diablo Baseball Membership nights, information on game nights will be posted on the website and emailed via the EPSO email. We are also making plans for this years Association Picnic to be held sometime in July. Lastly is the Association awards banquet which is held the 1st Friday in December falling on December 7, 2012. If anything else comes up we will notify the membership as soon as possible.
The Board would also like to remind everyone that the 2012 elections are right around the corner. We need every member to make sure they are registered to vote. If you need any help, please contact a board member and they will assist you with the process. Remember, the two Commissioners elected in this cycle will be sitting Commissioners for our 2014 Contract Negotiations. It is in every members best interest to get themselves and their family members out to vote this year, we can make a difference in this election. Remember that together with the "COPS" Coalition of Public Safety we are over 7000 members strong. If you are interested in volunteering for this political season, please contact a board member and provide him your contact information so we can add you to the list. No matter the amount of time you can volunteer, the more members family we can get the better.
In closing we would like to thank those members and their dependants who submitted an application for this years "Arthur Redelf's Scholarship". The scholarship committee is going through the process of rating the applications and notifications to this years winners will be sent out in the near future. The El Paso County Sheriff''s Officers Charitable Organization, Inc. will be providing a total of 5 scholarships this year and we would like to wish all applicants the best of luck.