|On Saturday, January 19th, the CLEAA board held its quarterly meeting. In a unanimous vote, and after months of discussion with the AZ Police Association (APA), it was decided that an affiliation with a group as prestigious as this was critical. Nearly 40 years has passed since the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) organized to establish its base organization which in turn gave momentum to APA in 1994. CLEAA will now affiliate with a powerful public safety group to advocate at all levels of government. By virtue of affiliation and significant to CLEAA, this further advances what CLEAA has been able to achieve over the last year. This will provide a “louder voice” with zero increase in cost to our membership. The APA affiliation will provide office space in Tucson and Phoenix, and as a bonus, additional legislative assistance via the lobbying firm of Williams and Associates.On Friday January 25, CLEAA Executive Director Lu Ebratt was formally introduced and welcomed at the Arizona Police Association (APA) Board of Director’s meeting. The BOD quickly moved through the agenda during the 3 hour meeting while discussing the business of the collective membership. Key among the many issues was legislative strategy and bills being advanced and contested by CLEAA and APA. Our groups will once again face the onslaught of anti-labor and pension threatening legislation. This time it will be with the resonation of over 10,000 members! Representing over half of public safety in Arizona, the CLEAA/APA affiliation will soon be the ONLY recognizable voice in AZ Law Enforcement.
For the CLEAA Board,
Luis Ebratt, Executive Director/CLEAA
Pictured L-R Kevin Sheridan AZPOA VP, Levi Bolton Executive Director APA, Lu Ebratt Executive Director CLEAA, Jimmy Chavez APA President , Justin Harris APA Secretary