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The legal bill for the City of San Antonio in its yearlong battle against the SAPOA could soon top an eye-popping $1 million, said Ron DeLord, the lead negotiator for the police union.
“They’re spending all this money on lawyers and we still haven’t been able to solve one substantive issue,” DeLord said, referring to the effort to reach a new collective-bargaining agreement between the city and SAPOA.
KENS5 News in San Antonio reports that the lawyers’ tab had reached $840,000 by March 6.
Meanwhile, he said, the public-education battle being waged by the CLEAT-affiliated police union is beginning to move public opinion in favor of SAPOA. Five members of the San Antonio City Council have publicly urged City Manager Sheryl Sculley to drop her ill-advised lawsuit against the union so that the two-sides could work toward an agreement without the specter of litigation hanging over the bargaining table.
DeLord, who spoke to CLEAT last week, said it might take the election of a new City Council in May finally break the impasse. But later in the week, San Antonio media outlets (San Antonio Express-News and Rivard Report) reported that progress had been made in the negotiations and further progress could be made when both sides return to the table next week.
CLEAT Field Rep Steve Ayala joined Mission and McAllen members J.C. Pena and Esteban Jara on South Padre Island to offer a spring break thank you.
More than 200 law enforcement oficers and first responders were fed while working the spring break detail. Special thanks from South Padre Island Police Chief Randy Smith. Read More »
By Todd Harrison
Since it seems to be a new trend, let me give you all my official statement in response to the attacks on the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas. These attacks came after CLEAT pointed out our disagreement with other groups regarding body camera legislation.
Contrary to what some uninformed people would like to claim, I and the elected Executive Board set the long term goals and strategies of CLEAT.
On Oct. 1, I will celebrate 30 years working as a cop in the great state of Texas.
I have watched some people who aren’t part of CLEAT spout supposed facts and outright lies for several months and think it’s now time to set the record straight. I am going to address some of the quotes from these folks.
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This week, the Lt. Stuart J. Alexander Memorial Highway Sign was unveiled at State Highwat 358 at the Agnes exit in Corpus Christi.
This Memorial Sign was placed at the location of Lt. Alexander’s death as a remembrance of the sacrifice he made serving the citizens of this community. The Memorial Highway Sign was a collective effort between the Corpus Christi Police Officers Association, Texas Department of Transportation, state Rep. Abel Herrero’s Office and Gulf Coast Graphics.
The Texas Peace Officers Memorial Monument, which has graced a section of the lawn on the northeast side of the Capitol for 16 years, is undergoing a major restoration.
Visitors to the monument that was 12 years in the making before being unveiled in March 1999 can see the restoration work in progress by peering over or peeking through the flaps in the green screen that covers a chain-link fence. The work is being done under the direction of the State Preservation Board and is paid for with private funding, including a generous donation from CLEAT. Read More »
The 21-member cadet class of the Corpus Christi Police Department that graduates Friday has signed up with the CCPOA and with CLEAT.
POA President Scott Leeton sent us the class photo after the cadets all signed up this week.
“We appreciate everything you do to keep the CLEAT banner flying high in Corpus,” Leeton said.
The Travis County Sheriff’s Office hosted a delegation of prison wardens from the Czech Republic on Tuesday.
CLEAT was able to attend and gave the visitors bags filled with hats, challenge coins and other CLEAT items.
Pictured left to right: Capt.Shane Poole, Lt Jerry Kovar, Chief Jim Sylvester, three Czech prison wardens, TCSOA President Domingo Botello, Major Wes Priddy, Sheriff Greg Hamilton and a Czech prison warden.
Perry Hyden at the Regional Leadership Course.
GALVESTON — The first CLEAT Regional Leadership Course was held Monday in Galveston and gave Southeast Texas association leaders insight into how to better organize and operate their locals.
CLEAT Field Representative Perry Hyden, who organized the course, provided a detailed overview of leadership principles and best practices. Hyden, who teaches leadership at two universities, holds a master of Science in Strategic Leadership and is working toward a doctoral degree.
CLEAT Executive Director Charley Wilkison explained how local associations can advance their agendas by building and nurturing relationships with municipal and county political leaders. He also provided an explainer on lobbying the Texas Legislature.
Other topics in the course included how to manage and protect association finances, how to operate a political action committee and stay within in the bounds of state law and the rules of the Texas Ethics Commission, how to file association paperwork with the Texas Secretary of State and the IRS, and how to handle the media.
Future courses, which are free to CLEAT members, are planned in other regions of the state. Notice will be posted on the CLEAT website.
CLEAT Vice President Matt Novosad, foreground, and Region 6 Director Forrest Gandy, in blue, listen to a presentation with local association leaders.
GEORGETOWN — More than 50 female officers from the Austin area and beyond took part in the CLEAT-sponsored “Winning Mind for Women” class this week in Georgetown.
Leading Tuesday’s training was retired Police Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith, a 29-year veteran of the Naperville, Ill., Police Department and now part of the Buck Savage Team.
CLEAT regularly sponsors Buck Savage’s “Winning Mind” classes all over Texas.
Check our “Training Schedule” page for coming classes on this topic and others. Follow the “jump” a synopsis of what officers who take the class learn: Read More »
President Jose Marrufo led a group from the El Paso Sheriff’s Officers Association to the Austin law offices of Craig Deats recently to bring a token of appreciation.
Their gift was a statue depicting a confrontation between a bull and a bear. Deats, a longtime labor lawyer and great friend of CLEAT, is no stranger to confrontation.
“I feel very honored by the gift and just wanted to pass on what a great group they are,” Deats said. Read More »