First off, I hope that your holiday season was blessed and fulfilling. As hard as we work, there is time to pause and take in the reasons why we do so, and to give thanks for the opportunities and the fellowship of family and friends.
As we enter 2020, there will be changes to the Department’s executive structure, including assistant sheriff of Custody Division, whom we at PPOA meet with regularly when addressing the concerns of our members.
Nevertheless, the focus and objectives for our classification will not deviate from the course. Working conditions, expectations — as well as the pay that goes with those expectations — responsibilities and equipment will all still be items to deal with.
The report on our position has been completed by Audit and Accountability Bureau. It has been turned over to the Board of Labor Relations and Compliance. Once the report has been finalized, PPOA will receive a copy and pursue open and honest discussions based on its findings.
We are still in discussions for additional jailers. A recent meeting with Assistant Sheriff Limon was postponed, and we are waiting for it to be rescheduled to further those discussions and hopefully reach a resolution. The CCW proposal is on the desk, waiting for what we hope is final approval for PPOA to review.
I will be cycling back through facilities throughout the county for briefings and walkthroughs to speak with you directly. I encourage you to reach out and ask questions. I find that some issues can be resolved ahead of a Labor Management Committee meeting if the problem has been presented to a delegate or to me directly. IRC and MCJ currently do not have delegates, but anyone can contact me for questions or concerns.
The best way to help each other is through communication and information. Rumors have been detrimental to our classification in the past. If you have a question or concern, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you soon. Take care. Be safe.