Pictured with CLEAT Attorney Bob Thomas is Sgt. Shawn Perron, an 18 ½ year veteran of the Port Arthur Police Department. He was represented by Bob Thomas at an arbitration hearing after he was terminated. Sgt. Perron was reinstated to the dept. with back pay. He accepted responsibility for 4 policy violations and the arbitrator exonerated him of the fifth policy violation and reduced the termination to a 15 day suspension.
The El Paso County Sheriff fired Detention Corporal Jose Figueroa over a dispute concerning activity sheets in the jail. After a one-day arbitration, CLEAT lawyer Jim Jopling was able to obtain an order that Corporal Figueroa return to work with his rank. Although Corporal Figueroa will have to serve a suspension, he’ll be back at work in the near future, with his stripes.
CLEAT attorney Celeste Cory represented Patrick Gonzales, a former deputy city marshall in Corpus Christi, arguing that he was improperly terminated. The commission agreed and reinstated Gonzales with back pay; lowering the punishment to a 60 day suspension. Gonzales had worked as a deputy city marshall and acting lead marshall for over 13 years. His dedication to the department is evident, however, a new Director has been appointed over municipal court and since her appointment many people have been fired and/or resigned.
Over 4 years ago, CLEAT lawyer Jim Jopling fought for and won a Civil Service ruling to get El Paso Deputy Constable Alfonso Frias his job back. But instead of respecting the Civil Service Commission’s authority, Constable Luis Aguilar thumbed his nose at the Commission. He refused to reinstate Frias. He said that Frias should have taken a job that the County of El Paso offered him. That job was a civilian position with the Public Defender’s office – a position that would have required Deputy Frias to surrender his TCLEOSE license and devote himself to helping DEFEND CAPITAL MURDER CASES.
Needless to say, Deputy Frias, a veteran crime fighter, declined.
Four years later, after an appeal that went to the Texas Supreme Court, the case finally went to trial. CLEAT lawyer Jim Jopling obtained a jury verdict in favor of Frias and the Judge ordered his reinstatement. It remains to be seen whether Constable Aguilar will thumb his nose at the judge the same way he did at the Civil Service Commission. If he does, CLEAT will be there, continuing to fight for Deputy Frias to the end.
Updated: Friday, 02 Aug 2013, 10:20 PM CDT
Published : Friday, 02 Aug 2013, 6:03 PM CDT
AUSTIN (KXAN) – The police association lawyer representing the detective who shot and killed an Austin man last week said Friday confidential discussions from the internal affairs investigation were leaked to a reporter.
Nadia Stewart, an attorney with the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas, took the first step toward filing a formal complaint against the Austin Police Department because she said the leak taints what is supposed to be an objective investigation. Read More »
Italy’s Chief of Police Diron Hill had been a longtime Sergeant and CLEAT member before the city hired him a couple of years ago. Chief Hill’s continued membership paid off on July 6, 2013 when he was illegally terminated by a newly elected and vindictive Mayor during a community event that was sponsored by the Police Department and coordinated by Chief Hill. Read More »
Officer Joseph Michalski from the Kingsville Police Department recently had his 4 day suspension overturned thanks to CLEAT Legal Attorney, Celeste Robertson.
The case began when Officer Michalski complained to the City Manager regarding a hostile work environment caused by a supervisor and the Chief. During that investigation, which was conducted by the PD, an internal investigation was also opened alleging that Officer Michalski withheld information regarding a disturbance call. The investigator assigned to the case was the same supervisor Michalski had previously complained about to the City Manager.
Officer Michalski was issued a four day suspension as a result, and he immediately contacted CLEAT.
CLEAT was able to show that the suspension given to Michalski was unjustified. The arbitrator ruled in favor of CLEAT and set aside the suspension.
The Corpus Christi Police Officers’ Association, represented by CLEAT attorneys Michael Rickman and Celeste Robertson Cory objected to a Consent Decree presented to federal court by both the United States government and the City of Corpus Christi . The Consent Decree clearly violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City and CCPOA, so CCPOA and more than eighty individual officers filed objections. The Consent Decree settled a lawsuit by the U.S. against the City alleging the Physical Ability Test utilized by the City had discriminated against female applicants between the years 2005 and 2011. Part of the settlement included monetary payments to females who failed the PAT as well as retroactive pay to those females who apply and get hired by CCPD (“priority hires”). In addition, the U.S. and the City were allowing the priority hires seniority benefits that would negatively impact current officers. Of particular concern to officers was shift selection. According to the decree as initially presented, if a priority hire originally failed the PAT in 2006 (for example), she would be entitled to be eligible to pick shifts as if she had been an officer for 7 years. This creates a huge problem, not just for training purposes, but for the morale of the whole department. Read More »
Travis County Officer Billy Winkler stopped by the CLEAT State Headquarters with his son Rowdy Winkler to get his will done. Family is the best reason for officers getting their wills done, and to top it off, for free!
In August 2012 Deputy Alex Quintanilla was working for the Bexar County Constables Office Precinct 1. He had enjoyed working for Precinct 1 for over 15 years and reached the rank of Sergeant. But that all changed in when he found himself in the middle of a dispute between the Constable and the elected Justice of the Peace. Deputy Quintanilla became the target of hostile actions on the part of the Constable. He was demoted from Sergeant, taken off the streets and placed in the courtroom as a bailiff.
Unhappy with his situation Deputy Quintanilla approached the Bexar County Sheriff’s Department about going to work for them. In September 2012, Deputy Quintanilla was offered a job as a Deputy Sheriff and he accepted the position. Deputy Quintanilla tendered his resignation to the Constable and it was accepted. Deputy Quintanilla even received a letter thanking him for all his years of service to the citizens of Precinct 1. Read More »