CLEAT and the San Antonio police union won a major victory Dec. 7 when the judge in the city of San Antonio’s lawsuit against police ruled that the evergreen clause that is keeping everyday officers paid and covered by health insurance is fully legal.
The ruling by visiting Judge Martha Tanner validates the argument CLEAT and its legal team has been making for more than a year that the city must quit its posturing and bargain in good faith with the officers who protect and serve Texas’ second largest city. CLEAT is committed to winning this fight no matter the cost. San Antonio taxpayers have already paid out more than $2 million in fees to its lawyers on this ill-advised battle.
“We are looking forward to completing an agreement that benefits the citizens of San Antonio as well as the hard-working men and women of the San Antonio Police Department,” said CLEAT Executive Director Charley Wilkison.
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Craig Deats, center confers with SAPOA officials and with Bob Leonard, middle-right.
SAN ANTONIO — Top officials and expert lawyers from CLEAT were in a San Antonio courtroom Dec. 1 as the city pressed forward with its ill-advised lawsuit against the local police union.
CLEAT President Todd Harrison was joined by Executive Director Charley Wilkison, Assistant General Counsel Robert Leonard and Of-Counsel Craig Deats. CLEAT Staff Attorneys Morris Munoz and and Karl Brehm were also on hand as was incoming CLEAT Vice President JUAN Contreras.
The show of force was needed to demonstrate CLEAT’s commitment to protect the evergreen clause in SAPOA’s contract that ensure that police officers’ pay and benefits continue while the two sides attend to reach a new labor agreement.
The city is spending upward of $2,500 an hour of taxpayers’ money on the case and the total bill for its legal team has climbed well north of $2 million.
A ruling from the judge could come as early as next week.
The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement has issued a reminder that the deadline is fast approaching for nominations the state’s Law Enforcement Achievements Awards.
You have until Dec. 31 to submit your nominations.
“Each year, Texas has the opportunity to recognize the best and brightest in law enforcement with the State of Texas Achievement Awards,” TCOLE says on its website. “Awards may be presented to individuals in twenty separate events or accomplishments, which facilitates group as well as individual nominations.
“The nominations must be submitted by an elected official of the State, an elected official of a political subdivision, an administrator of a law enforcement agency, or a person holding a current license issued by TCOLE.”
Nearly every political subdivision likes to profess its support for law enforcement, but the Corpus Christi City Council has made it official.
On Nov. 17, councilmembers unanimously adopted a resolution that proclaimed their support for Law Enforcement and the Corpus Christi Police Department.
“The City Council felt it was important to take a stand for their police department in light of what is going on across the nation right now,” said Scott Leeton, President of the Corpus Christi Police Officers Association.
“The idea of the resolution was brought forth by CCPOA to the City Council and city staff drafted the resolution that passed resoundingly and brought a standing ovation from the audience attending the city council meeting.” Read More »
At the Bell County Courthouse: Chris Jones, Charley Wilkison and Casey Bales.
BELTON — Saying the killer of Marlin Police Chief Darrell Allen should be prosecuted to fullest extent of the law, CLEAT Executive Director Charley Wilkison blasted Bell County DA Henry Garza for filing only a murder charge.
“Anyone who takes the life of a Texas police officer who is acting in the defense the community should face the nothing less than the highest criminal charge Texas can bring: Capital murder,” Wilkison said Nov. 13 at a news conference at the Bell County Corthouse. “Any Texas prosecutor who settles for anything less dishonors his office as well as the entire law enforcement community.”
Watch the news conference:
Allen was in uniform Nov. 1 while providing private security at a nightclub in Texas when attempted to detain a suspect. During the altercation that followed, that suspect shot and severely wounded Chief Allen. On Tuesday, Allen died from his wounds.
Marlin Chief Darrell Allen
Shortly after Chief Allen’s death was announced, the Bell County district attorney asked for “thoughts and support of the cummunity” for Chief Allen’s family.
“What he neglected to ask for — and what he’s neglecting to pursue for Chief Allen and his family — is justice,” Wilkison said. “And that is appalling.”
UPDATE: The newly elected Vice Presidents along with President Todd Harrison, who was re-elected without opposition, were sworn in for their new terms at the Dec. 11 meeting of the executive board.
Original story:Ervey Banda of San Antonio PD was re-elected as CLEAT Vice President and Dean Gilliam of Fort Worth PD and Juan Contreras of Bexar County SO were elected as CLEAT vice presidents statewide elections that concluded Nov. 2.
Banda, Gilliam and Contreras were the top vote-getters among five contenders for the three vice president positions being contested this year. Both Gilliam and Contreras were serving as state regional directors at the time of their election.
Vice President Adrian Pina of El Paso decided not to seek another term and Vice President Matt Novosad of La Porte finished fourth in the balloting and Jose Marrufo of El Paso County came in fifth.
The new vice presidents will officially take office after the December meeting of the CLEAT Executive Board. Replacements for the regional director positions being vacated by Gilliam and Contreras have not yet been named.
The CLEAT Executive Board takes the Oath of Office administered by Justice Cindy Bourland of the Third Court of Appeals in Austin. President Todd Harrison, Austin PD; Vice Presidents: Ervey Banda, San Antonio PD; Dean Gilliam, Fort Worth PD; and Juan Contreras, Bexar County S.O.