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CLEAT waives membership dues for members called to National Guard duty

July 24, 2014 • Around the State

MPRIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – Law enforcement officers who are members of the National Guard and called to active duty along the Texas-Mexico border will not have to pay their CLEAT membership dues for the duration of their deployment.

“As these officers prepare to leave their homes and their families to serve in the border-security efforts in South Texas, we want them to know that their dues will be taken care of,” said Charley Wilkison, Executive Director of CLEAT.

Guard members should send an email to, and put “National Guard Service” in the subject line to ensure that the dues are waived.

Gov. Rick Perry on Monday announced that he will activate up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops for what he called “a force multiplier” for state and local law enforcement officers and U.S. Border Patrol agents dealing with criminal activity associated with the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border into Texas.


Midland sheriff’s association honors Officers of the Year

July 21, 2014 • Around the State

Midland DSA Banquet 07192014 001Midland Deputy Sheriff’s Association gave out its 2014 Officer of the Year Awards at it’s banquet last week.

The honorees were, from left to right, Casey O’Donnell, CID;  Adam Hilliard, Detention;  Jerry Cook, Courthouse Security and  Miranda Chavez, Patrol.

Not pictured was Harold Uddley, Civil Process/Warrants.

CLEAT had a great presence at the event, giving out promotional items as door prizes with the president Ken Colston. CLEAT benefit, pocket spirals and pens were available at sign-in table.


Candidate filing deadline is Aug. 1 for five seats on CLEAT Executive Board

July 21, 2014 • Around the State

voteFive CLEAT Regional Director seats are up for election this year and the deadline to file is Aug. 1.

The seats are 1B, 3B, 5, 7 and 9.

Here are the rules for running as spelled out in the CLEAT Constitution:

“Regional Directors representing more than one Local shall file for office by August 1st of the final year of the respective Regional Director’s term of office. The candidate’s notice of filing for the office of Regional Director shall be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, to CLEAT’s administrative office in Austin.  Upon receipt of the candidate’s notice of filing, CLEAT’s Ethics Committee shall verify the candidate’s eligibility and provide election rules to the eligible candidate.”

The election will be held later this year.