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Retiree Association board reaching out for new members

July 1, 2015 • Around the State

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Bill Banfield, Mike Giarraputo and Pete Elizalde

The newly formed CLEAT Retiree Association continues to grow and the three-member board left Austin after meeting on Tuesday ready to spread the word among their fellow retired officers in Texas.

Board President Mike Giarraputo, a Mesquite PD retiree, along with Vice President Bill Banfield and Secretary Pete Elizalde — both San Antonio retirees, said the new association give former officers a way to stay connected.

All three have long associations with their local unions and with CLEAT during their active-duty careers. Until Elizalde’s retirement early this year, he was a member of the CLEAT Executive Board. Giarraputo also served on the Executive Board.

La Marque negotiates pay raises, increased TMRS contributions

June 24, 2015 • Around the State

Sgt. Gilberto Rodriguez, Sgt. Richard Garcia, Councilman Chris Lane, City Manager Carol Buttler, Officer Julea Hawthorne, Field Services Coordinator Tom Barbee and Region 6 Director Forrest Gandy.

Sgt. Gilberto Rodriguez, Sgt. Richard Garcia, Councilman Chris Lane, City Manager Carol Buttler, Officer Julea Hawthorne, Field Services Coordinator Tom Barbee and Region 6 Director Forrest Gandy.

When leaders of the La Marque Police Association prepared to open contract talks with the city this week, they were expecting a difficult road ahead.

That’s not what they got.

In fact, association leaders were surprised to find that a city bargaining team comprised of the City Manager, City Attorney, City Financial Officer and the entire City Council on the other side of the table when they met on Monday, said CLEAT Field Services Coordinator and Lead Negotiator Tom Barbee. Continue Reading »

Legal victory puts wrongly fired Port Arthur officer back to work

June 23, 2015 • Law Review

Officer George Clark with CLEAT"S Bob Thomas.

Officer George Clark with CLEAT”S Bob Thomas.

Port Arthur Police Officer George Clark was wrongly fired in November 2014.

CLEAT Staff Attorney Bob Thomas appealed to a hearing examiner and conducted a hotly contested arbitration hearing, and then he submitted post hearing briefs.

Bottom line: The arbitrator reversed the termination and reinstated Officer Clark with all back pay and benefits.