Wednesday, October 13, 2021 @ 11:00 am
The October 2021 General Membership meeting of the Dallas Police Retired Officers Association took place at the Dallas Police Association, 1412 Griffin Street East, Dallas, TX 75215.
Present: President David Elliston, Secretary Ken Seguin, Treasurer Crista Walker, Director Boux Bland, Director Dale Erves, Director Joe Richtsmeier, DFR Advisor Larry Williams
Absent: Vice President Sally Lannom, Communications Director Carol Richtsmeier
- President Elliston called the meeting to order at 11:00 am began the General Membership meeting with announcing the names of the 14 police and firefighters who had passed away in August according to the DPFPS website.
- Joyce Keeter, David Frykholm, Stanley Southall, Johnny McKiver, Mickey East, Harold Rice, Grady King, Arnulfo Pargas, Wayne Brandon
- L. Creech, David Leos, M.R. Hilliard, C.T. Hughes, Frank Losoya
- President Elliston led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance.
- Director Dale Erves delivered the invocation.
- Treasurer Walker reminded attendees that the annual dues for 2022 will become payable on January 31, 2022.
- The minutes from the September 2021 meeting had been previously posted on the DPROA website. A motion was made by member Robert Gutkowski to accept the minutes as posted; seconded by member James Barclay. Motion carried by acclamation with none opposed.
- President Elliston reported that the citations for the Annual Adjustment & Benefit Supplement lawsuit had been sent to the chairman of DPFPS and to Executive Director Kelly Gottschalk. They will have 20 days to respond with a deadline of Monday, October 18, 2021. The case will be before Judge Kristina Williams of the 192ndDistrict Court
- President Elliston said that that the civil case of DPFPS vs Townsend Holdings has been delayed and is set for trial on January 24, 2022. Testimony and evidence at that trial may have some materials of interest or some bearing on the current DPROA lawsuit for Annual Adjust/Benefit Supplement.
- Discussion of the recently passed HB 3898 was led by President Elliston, Secretary Seguin, and Director Bland. It was explained to the membership that the new law will require pension plans throughout the state to come up with a Financial Soundness Plan so that they are properly funded. President Elliston added that the podcast from a previous DPFPS board meeting reveals a trustee speaking on the need to fix the pension.
- Director Bland stated that the monthly report from the Ratliff Company disclosed that the Special Session in the legislature is focused on redistricting. There are no bills filed that directly impact the Dallas Police pension or the DPROA as an organization.
- President Elliston announced that Secretary Seguin had been appointed to chair the Election Committee in anticipation of DPROA board elections in early 2022.
- President Elliston reported that the PayPal account has a balance of zero dollars and he has attempted to close the account but keeps being advised that PayPal is experiencing “technical difficulties.”
- Secretary Seguin advised that according to Treasurer Walker (who had to leave early), the total funds in the bank amounted to $765,822.66 and that the overall balance, including the designated funds with the Feldman law firm, totaled $855,510.86.
- Secretary Seguin gave a report of the success of the DPD retirees picnic on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Hogg Park in Quitman, TX. There were 45 police retirees and 17 wives in attendance. Photos were posted on the DPROA Facebook page. Detective Elmer Boyd, #840 (age 94) was the oldest senior officer attending.
- Member Aaron Anderson stated that due to some computer technical problems, there were some difficulties for retirees in trying to enroll in the health benefits plan for 2022. On a Facebook post by retired Lieutenant Kim Stratman, the self-serve system was currently down and was not operating.
- The next General Membership meeting is scheduled for November 10, 2021.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:49 am.
Kenneth E. Seguin