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General Membership Meeting March 6th

Dear Members:
The next regularly scheduled General membership meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 6, 2014. The meeting will be held at the Doubletree Hotel Worthington. They are located at 175 Hutchinson Avenue, Columbus, OH 43235. As usual, the meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Hope to see you there

Agenda for General Membership Meeting on March 6, 2014

• Pledge of Allegiance

• Review and approve minutes from December 5, 2013 General Membership meeting.

• Updates from OP&F and OPERS Pension systems.

• Update from Ohio Retirement Study Council, ORSC, meeting on February 13,2014.

• Legislation updates from Ohio.

• NAPO News.

• Updates from the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

• Update Upcoming Family days.

• Next meeting: Board of Directors meeting Thursday April 3, 2014 North Royalton, Ohio.

• New Business

• Adjournment


Jeffrey Pedicino Executive Director

Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association

 

New Law Enforcement Bulletin Updates

New updates! click here

 

Tops Cops Nomination Form


Tops Cops nomination form here

 

Message from the Executive Director

My second full year as the Executive Director is coming to a close on December 31, 2013. There have been quite a few internal operational changes including but not limited to review of a majority of the organizational business relationships that we use on a day to day basis. I will be reviewing the effects of those changes after December 31st to determine if any additional changes should be made in order to make the organization even more stable moving into the future.  In 2014 we will continue to move the General Membership meetings to other areas of the state to allow members the opportunity to attend. We will also be looking into moving our 2nd family day into the northwest part of the state.

During my first 2 years the OPBA has been involved with pension reform, a legal challenge to our collective bargaining rights from the City of Munroe Falls (article from the last issue), numerous representational elections, right to work legislation and a citizens petition from the Citizens4Norton that could have had disastrous consequences to our membership in Norton and throughout the State of Ohio. These are just some of the issues that the OPBA has been involved in the last 2 years.

Unfortunately the City of Norton issue has now been put back on the ballot in December 2013. This issue if it passes the 2nd time around would limit the amount the residents pay for sewer and water bills, alter sewer assessments and tie-in fees. The monies needed to pay for this issue if passed would need to come from the general fund and could have a devastating effect on city services and our members who provide services to the residents.

There is currently another citizen driven initiative ongoing for a right to work amendment which would place this issue on the ballot if enough signatures are obtained. Even though legislation that was introduced earlier in the year in the General Assembly has stalled this petition drive is ongoing. Recently Representative Maag has talked about his legislation that was previously introduced. The OPBA will continue to monitor this issue as we move into 2014.

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The Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund is under the scrutiny of the Ohio Retirement Study Council, ORSC, for not being within the 30 year funding mandate. The changes that SB 340 passage implemented have only been in place since July 1, 2013. OP & F will have to submit a plan by January of 2014 to bring the system into compliance with the 30 year mandate.  The next ORSC meeting was to be held on November 14, 2013. We will hopefully have more information after that meeting concerning any potential changes.

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It is that time of the year to consider any worthy officers for consideration of the 21st Annual TOP COPS Awards sponsored by the National Association of Police Organizations, NAPO our national representative in Washington DC. The TOP COPS will take place on Monday May 12, 2014 in Washington DC. The nomination form and instructions are in this issue as well as NAPO’s web site www.napo.org

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Lastly, I along with the Executive Board and staff hope that you and your families have a safe, healthy and Happy Holidays throughout the New Year.