A lot has transpired since CLEAA organized over 19 months ago. Two offices have opened; one in Tucson and a second in Phoenix . Critical incidents continue to be handled seamlessly, as expected, by Mike Storie and Associates and meetings to safeguard pensions and due process have been ongoing with both the Attorney General’s Office and key legislative partners. All this despite futile attempts by the former affiliate to derail efforts that would benefit our statewide public safety officers. It is evident that this group has been unable to let go of the past and is working a negative agenda at the detriment of its own members, both in terms of finances and positive constructive strategy.
Conversely, CLEAA has been busy collaborating with its Phoenix partner APA , Public Safety, Military & Regulatory Affairs Chair (Judiciary VC) Justin Pierce, and Attorney General Tom Horne on behalf of its 13,000 members. The result, after the legislative process, will be an improved, user friendly “Due Process” statute in ARS 38-1100; an investigation into our PSPRS pension system (as exposed in a recent series of AZ Republic articles ) that will hold the system managers and CIO responsible for any behavior that has compromised the investment potential of the system. Further, CLEAA/APA have been meeting as a legislative committee to map out the upcoming session and in preparation for the election cycle that is fast approaching.
As an aside, CLEAA is active in procuring a number of benefits that will ultimately provide huge savings to our membership. Included in these offerings will be the Verizon cell agreement which, after months of development, will provide significant member savings.
In closing, rest assured that the CLEAA leadership has maintained a keen awareness of providing for its membership while concurrently maintaining fiscal integrity and complete transparency during its formative years. We have successfully met our short term goals and are excited about our projected growth and impact across the state.
Luis Ebratt, CLEAA Executive Director