Call to Order:
President Bob Barnard called meeting to order at 9:35 a.m.
Pledge of Allegiance: Chaplain Monty
and First Time Members
Motion by Bill Elkin, 2nd by Henry
Chavez to accept the minutes as printed.
Voice Vote. Motion Carried.
Suspended Regular Order of Business
Mike Knox – Houston City Council
Member At-Large Position #1
Former HPD Officer who worked
Northwest and Juvenile Divisions.
for reelection to At-Large Position
He attempts to use good judgment,
common sense, reason and logic, skills he
learned as a police officer, as he serves on
Early voting begins November 27,
2019. Election day is December 14,
introduced Mr. Chris Tritico
On Thursday, April 3, 2003 HPD
Officer Charles Clark and Ace Check Cashing
employee Ms. Alfredia Jones were
murdered at 10:10am in the 5300 block of
South Loop East. Only leads were three black males in a small
Three suspects were arrested Friday
Capital Murder charges were filed on
suspects. Harris County Chief Prosecutor
an Rizzo assisted Homicide Division
throughout investigation. DA Rizzo obtained
Capital Murder convictions on Elijah
Joubert, who murdered Ms.jones,
Alfred D. Brown, who murdered
Officer Charles Clark as he lay on the floor wounded.
Deshaun Glaspie pled guilty to
Robbery and received a 35-year sentence.
The conviction of Brown has been
overturned and he has been released from custody.
Ms. Devon Anderson, DA at the time
of the overturned conviction was forced to drop
charges as witnesses changed their
Current DA Kim Ogg hired a civil
attorney to reinvestigate the entire case in an
effort to exonerate Brown. Two State of Texas Bar Association complaints
misconduct against former Chief
Prosecutor Dan Rizzo. One complaint has
and second is pending. Mr. Rizzo, now retired, was forced to obtain
counsel. Attorney At
Law Chris Tritico took Mr. Rizzo’s
case and is here today to enlighten us on the circumstances
surrounding this travesty of
Attorney At Law
Spent 31 years defending criminally
accused and those attacked by our government.
‘If I could
do that, I certainly could defend my
friend and honorable man Dan Rizzo.’
Retired Harris County Assistant
Prosecutor Dan Rizzo requested help in representing him in the
State of Texas Bar Association
complaints filed by current Harris County DA Kim Ogg and her
Alfred Brown appealed his conviction
of murdering Officer Charles Clark. The conviction was
overturned based on landline records
collected by the government. These
records were not available
or even known about at Brown’s trial
or during the prior appeals over a period of 15 years. Brown
stated the two-way phone records
proved he was at his girlfriend’s house.
More recent investigations
show this was a three-way phone
conversation and Brown was not at his girlfriend’s home.
Former DA Devin Anderson was forced
to dismiss the case but did not declare Brown innocent.
Brown did not get monetary
compensation. Current DA Kim Ogg decided
to take the case on as a cause and
hired Special Prosecutor Raley. They in turn have filed two complaints
against Dan Rizzo. Tritico
successfully defended Rizzo in the
first complaint and has sent over 700 pages with video and audio
attachments relating to the second
complaint. Dan Rizzo did not withhold
Return to Regular Order of Business
– HPD Chapter VFW
Recognized all Military Veterans
present and presented each with an American Flag.
Presented everyone with a lapel poppy
in recognition of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
President – Bob
HPOU is supporting one of their
on-staff Attorneys, Mary Ann Huffman, for the position of Harris County
District Attorney. HPOU President and FOP 1st Vice-President Joe
Gamaldi is requesting support for Ms. Huffman.
Federation Of Police has 350,000
members. FOP and Aetna Insurance are
working on a Medicare advantage plan
if they can get 250,000 members 65
and over to sign up. This package would
provide those retirees under age 65
with a medical assistance plan.
November and December will be
no-shave months for HPD.
HPOU building is available to active
and retired officers for some meetings, parties, etc. at no cost. Contact
Doug Griffin, HPOU 1st
HPROA and HPOU met and vetted candidates
in the Mayor /City Council run-off election.
PAC endorsements are posted
on the HPROA website. The endorsements and contributions are as
Mayor Sylvester Turner $2,000,
District A Amy Peck $500, District C Abbie Kamin $500, District D Carolyn
$250, District H Karla Cisneros
$500, District J Edward Pollard $500, At Large #1 Mike Knox $1,500, At Large #2
Robinson $500, At Large #3 Michael
Kubosh $500, At Large #4 dual endorsement for Dr. Letitia Plummer $250 and
Dolcefino $250 and At Large #5
Sallie Alcorn $500. A $250 donation and
endorsement to State Representative District
148 Anna Eastman.
Director – Anthony Kivela
o The system is performing well and
appears to be healthy. There has been
growth to $5.744 billion.
o There have been 140 CYTD retirements
for 2019, only ones less than in CYTD 2018 (141).
o In order to effectively respond to
members’ inquiries, HPOPS has a direct email address email@example.com. Someone from
office will directly respond to any member making an inquiry via this
Two letters of thanks and
appreciation were received:
o Thanks from Stacie Sudkamp for flowers
sent to honor Marvin Seber.
o Thank you card from Sergeant at Arms
Robert Crane to the board and association members who called and visited with
after his wife’s death.
An issue came up when two widows
requested their deceased husband’s badges.
HPD’s Employee Services Division was contacted
and related that only one of each
badge can be issued to retirees or surviving spouses in cases when they were
issued, and the retired officer was
honorably retired. The requesting
retiree or surviving spouse should send an email to
TAPUnit@HoustonPolice.org. The issue will then be researched by HPD and
the requestor will be contacted by the concerned
Command Office and advised on the
correspondence that is required.
An update was given on the Medicare
rates that will be effective January 1, 2020.
AETNA Medicare rates are decreasing
from $100 per month to $64. per
month, with no other premium increases.
There will be a slight co-pay increase to $20. for
specialists visits for those on
Kelsey Medicare. The City will offer two
more Medicare seminars on Friday, November 22, 2019
at 9am and 2pm. Retirees who will be navigating to Medicare
anytime in 2020 are encouraged to attend one of these seminars.
The HPROA will again request that
the City post the entire PowerPoint presentation on the City website for the
out of town, or who were unable to
make the presentation.
The Social Security Windfall
Elimination Provision and Government Offset Provision were discussed, along
with House Resolution
4527, The Expanding Health Care
Options for Early Retiree Act that applies to retired first responders age
50-64. More information
on the chances of passage of these
and like-bills will be in the upcoming Retired Badge. The HPROA will not be making political
campaign donations to U.S.
Congressional Representatives, instead allowing the National FOP to lobby for
passage of these bills.
Wishing everyone a happy and Safe
Thanksgiving, noting that although there is typically a lot of joy during this
others there may be a period of
darkness due to personal issues. Anyone
experiencing despondency, or who knows someone in this
situation, should reach out to
Houston Officers Peer Assistance (HOPA).
This group offers completely confidential assistance.
HOPA’s 24/7 number is 832-200-3499.
Report – Ed Aldridge
$224,292. in the bank. Always looking for new members and
Retired Badge –
Please submit articles before
November 20th. Always looking for new
articles. Anyone may submit an
Committee – Jim Ashby
14,097 plus visits to the website.
Retired Badge will be on the website
as well as printed and mailed.
Microsoft, IBM, IRS, etc. will not
call on the telephone. Hang up on these
scammers. Call Jim with any questions or
Contact Jim if you know anyone who
would like to place an advertisement on the HPROA Website. It is only $20 per month.
Contact Jim if you need the User Name
and Password to the HPROA Membership Directory Website.
Committee – Rosalie Potell
The Surviving Spouses Luncheon will
be Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at the Houston Racquet Club. The Surviving Spouse and
guest are complementary. HPROA members are welcome to attend. The cost is $30.
The board approved 7 new members, 2
associate members were approved and received 2 new associate member
members reinstated and 17 dropped
members have been contacted.
We have a total of 1,748 members as
of November 11th.
Members may renew memberships with a
credit card or make changes at any meeting.
Assistance Committee – Nelson Foehner/Forrest Turbeville/Ron Headley/Pat Kainer
Please contact members of the FAC
with any needs or concerns:
Nelson Foehner (281) 351-4669 Ray Smith (281) 731-1588
Forrest Turbeville (713) 319-5466 Pat Kainer (281) 642-6645
Ron Headley (713)
253-5749 Mattie Provost
Tim Dillon (281-831-6771) Henry Chavez (281)-687-8962
Friends we lost in October were
Charles H. Atkins. Janet F. Lee, James L. Summers Jr., Carl K. Bell, Tommy M.
Richard N Holley and Ruby I.
Roman. Robert Crane’s wife Ora Dean and
Charslie Morrison, surviving spouse of L. D. Morrison
also passed away.
Received $2,420.00 in
Political contributions made to the
campaigns of Garnet Coleman $500, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick $1,000 and City
Council Dist. G Greg Travis $500.
Paid $200 in administrative expenses,
$200 to Atchley & Associates Ethics Work and $20 to stop payment on a
Total PAC Fund Assets are
$89,820.08.Legislative Committee Chairman / Consultant – Bill Elkin
Attended TMPA Winter Board meeting on
October 25th regarding the three issues that affect the HPROA; Police Officers
Defense Fund (firearms insurance),
the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) meeting and the Legislative Committee
On Legislative matters there was
discussion regarding notice by Rep. Dennis Bonnen, Speaker of the House, and
not to run for re-election. This certainly was due to the revelation of
the comments he made to John Quinn Sullivan who tape-
recorded the comments.
December 9th is the deadline for
candidates to file to run in the election.
The Texas Law Enforcement Committee
was shut down and will be replaced by a Fraternal Order of Police group. Currently some
HPROA members are FOP members due to
having the firearms insurance.
During the FOP meeting, I learned
they are currently engaged with Aetna Health Insurance Company in an effort to
create a National Medicare Advantage Plan in which retired members may
participate. Within three (3) years they
must have at least thirty thousand (30,000) members
participating. This plan has some
advantages over the City of Houston’s plans.
The National Institute of Retirement
Systems reported a nation wide shift of local governments going to a Defined
Pension plan from a Defined Benefit
plan. That experience has shown they are
having an increase cost to taxpayers, no major improvement in funding and
greater insecurity to the systems.
Currently there are many candidates
in the national elections but we should know after December 9th who is running.
G. L. Dollins - $25
Max Lankford - $25
James Koteras - $25
Fred Eichholtz - $25
Linda Williams - Astro Alex Bergman Plaque
Dorothy Ashby - Houston Texan Plaque
Gene Yanchak - 1 Case Lemonade Beverage
Matt Potell -
1 Case Lemonade Beverage