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April 2017 General Membership Meeting Minutes
Posted On: Apr 27, 2017

Minutes of the Pierce County Deputy Sheriff’s Independent Guild

General Membership Meeting     April 4, 2017 at South Hill Precinct

Executive Members Present: Westfall, Tjossem, Anderson, Wilson, Bird, Nicodemus, Hardesty, Englund, L. Paluck

Members Present: Cropp, Rayner, Munson, Fuller, Anderson, Loeffelholz, Schneider, Messineo, Hecht, Heishman, Hotz, LaTour, Brown, Calata, Punohu, Condreay

Meeting called to order at 1900 hours.

Motion to waive reading of minutes: Cropp.  Second: B. Anderson

Vote passed.

Treasurer’s Report:

Tapco Savings $202,292.87

Tapco Checking $5816.15

Benevolent Fund Savings $513,935.31

Motion to accept: B. Anderson.  Second: Cropp.

Vote passed.

Labor Management Update:

OT Guidelines: Admin had no issues with suggested guidelines for overtime selection and bumping rights but asked that Administrative Sergeants be included as Dayshift Sergeants for overtime consideration. Discussion held and membership consensus for inclusion of Administrative Sergeants as Dayshift Sergeants was rejected.

Bike Patrol: Parks Department has offered 10k to restart Bike Patrol program for Sheriff’s Department.  The patrol would be on Orting Trail during summer with limited shifts.  Discussion ongoing with Admin as to funding and personnel trained to participate.

Extension of Proactive Property Crimes Unit personnel: Admin agreed to extend the rotation of PPCU but asked the Guild to review all other career rotations for review of time allowed in position.

Staffing Study:  CID Staffing Study is complete.  Waiting on results being evaluated by June. County Executive has added two additional deputy FTE to include funding for uniforms and vehicles.

PIE Policy:  Should be finalized by May.

Metro SWAT:  Administration states they are holding internal meetings regarding issue and will determine direction subsequently.  Ongoing.

Case Cracker:  The new CID Audio / Video system has been installed at Headquarters with plans to put one at PSSP and South Hill in future. 

Phlebotomy Program:  Administration wants 20-22 people to go through training to do blood draws for DUI.  State would pay for training and it would follow program in place at Lakewood PD. 

Instructors allowed per shift:  Administration voiced concerns about number of specialty assignment instructors on specific shifts which is causing overtime.  Admin discussed limiting number of staff they would allow per shift or detachment to participate at one time due to staffing.  Ongoing discussion.

CSO Uniforms:  Due to community mistaking CSO’s as commissioned law enforcement, Admin is looking into changing their uniforms from jumpsuits to a polo and cargo type configuration.  CSO’s are opposing.

Community Liaison Deputy Unit:  Decision was made that the unit will fall under supervision of the Traffic Sergeant pending FTE for CLD Unit.

Denny Wood Backfill:  Issue will be readdressed in August pending staffing improvements.

Second Reading and Vote on Contract Chief MOU:  This would change pay grade ½ step between Contract and Assistant Chief and allow more personnel to be eligible for Contract Chief positions.

Vote passed.

Second Reading and Vote on Metro OIS Team:

Vote failed.

First Reading of Firearm MOU:  Department Firearm Review Committee reported on issue of failure of Glock’s that have lights.  Ongoing and progressive problem with Gen 3 Glock .40 caliber.  Committee is looking into swapping all Gen 3 for Gen 4 Glock’s, .9mm.  Glock .40 could still be carried but lights would be forbidden.  Those carrying other manufacturers would be grandfathered in to continue carrying them.  Still in discussion but first reading held due to safety concerns and attempt to speed process of gun swap if possible.

Committee for Career Exempt / Rotation:  Committee volunteers were Messineo, LaTour, Hales, Roberts, and Undersheriff Masko or Chief Hausner. 

New Business:  LaTour asked origins of swing shift split schedule and inquired about returning to one start time.  Discussion held, majority consensus that issue was better addressed at contract negotiations as start times just settled.

Good of the Order:  Messineo, Nicodemus, Cropp, Heishman.

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