2014

 

Ingham County Sheriff's Deputy dies in the line of duty

- With excerpts from the Lansing State Journal

Ingham County Sheriff's Deputy Grant Whitaker, 25, died in the line of duty Dec. 7 due to injuries sustained in a high speed pursuit.

Whitaker was pursuing Stockbridge resident John Coryell Kelsey II when his patrol car left the road and struck a tree. Kelsey faces charges of driving with a suspended or revoked license causing death and first-degree fleeing police. The 34-year-old was arraigned in 55th District Court and bond was set at $1 million.

According to preliminary reports, a deputy in an unmarked vehicle began chasing an SUV for a traffic violation on Chapman Road, west of M-52. Whitaker, who was in a fully marked cruiser, joined the chase. The crash happened on Dexter Trail shortly after 2:10 a.m.

Kelsey, who remained at large after the accident and was later arrested, has multiple previous convictions for fleeing police and driving with a suspended/revoked license.

Whitaker, who was with the department for 18 months, was previously a Stockbridge Police Officer. He is survived by his parents: Clyde Whitaker and Mary (McGinn); siblings Aaron (Emily) Whitaker, Josh (Laura) Whitaker and Angie (Brian) Adiska; his girlfriend Morgan Gyhra; his grandmother Alice (Edward) Lirette; his nephews Henry and Tyler; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Officer Whitaker was laid to rest at Oaklawn Cemetery in Stockbridge following a funeral service at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea on Dec. 12.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Deputy Grant Whitaker Memorial Fund at Mason State Bank, 322 S. Jefferson, P.O. Box 130, Mason, MI 48854-0130.

Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) has issued a comparison chart on law enforcement population trends spanning the years of 2001 to current. Please click here for the chart dated October 2014.

Michigan Association of Police Organizations (MAPO) has endorsed the following candidates in the 2014 General Election to be held Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014:

Secretary of State
Ruth Johnson (R)
United States Senator
Gary Peters (D)
   
Attorney General
Mark Totten (D)
 

Representative in Congress

1st Jerry Cannon (D) 9th Sander Levin (D)
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7th Pam Byrnes (D) 14th Brenda Lawrence (D)
8th Mike Bishop (R)    

State Senator

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    38th Tom Casperson (R)

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46th Bradford Jacobsen (R) 94th Tim Kelly (R)
       
95th Vanessa Guerra (D)    
96th Charles M. Brunner (D)    
97th Joel Johnson (R)    
98th Joan M. Brausch (D)    
99th Kevin Cotter (R)    
100th Jon Bumstead (R)    
102nd Phil Potvin (R)    
103rd Bruce R. Rendon (R)    
104th Larry Inman (R)    
106th Peter Pettalia (R)    
108th Ed McBroom (R)    
109th John Kivela (D)    
110th Scott Dianda (D)    

 

Justice of Supreme Court
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Justice of Supreme Court
partial term
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6th Circuit
Lisa Langston
 
   
14th Circuit
Kathy Hoogstra (I)
 
   
16th Circuit
Steve Fox
 
   
35th Circuit
Deana M. Finnegan
 
   
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Sarah Lincoln
 
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Arbitrator awards Renaissance Police overtime pay

Renaissance Police Officers Association (RPOA) Employees, which provide security services for the Renaissance Center in Detroit, were awarded back pay for overtime during weeks when they took paid time off after MAP filed a grievance on their behalf. The award was made retroactive to Sept. 10, 2012, the date the grievance was filed.

MAP, which has represented the RPOA over 25 years, filed the grievance after the Employer refused to pay Employees overtime if they worked and took any paid time off during the same week. MAP based the grievance on contract language which includes vacation time as hours worked for purposes of overtime.

The contract states, "All hours worked over 40 hours during a work week shall be paid at one and one-half times ... Overtime will be paid based on actual hours worked; hours for which an Officer receives bereavement leave pay, vacation pay, jury duty, holidays, and paid sick time will be counted as hours worked; in addition, hours paid for personal days shall be counted as hours worked if during the week in which a paid personal day is taken the Officer is mandated by the Employer to work. Officers will not be given time off to prevent the payment of overtime except by mutual agreement."

The new Employer disputed the grievance as untimely. The Employees were employed by Securitas through Dec. 31, 2011. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2012, Renaissance Center Management Corporation (RCMC), partially owned by G4S, became the new Employer and the Employer agreed to honor the terms of the previous collective bargaining agreement (CBA) while negotiating a new agreement, except for one provision not relevant to this matter.

Securitas paid the Employees for accrued vacation time through Dec. 31, 2012, but Employees would not have the ability to take vacation time between Jan. 1, 2012 and their respective anniversary dates, which had been previously scheduled with Securitas. RCMC and G4S agreed to allow Employees, upon request, to take unpaid time off for these previously scheduled vacations and RPOA accepted that offer.

The Arbitrator found the grievance was timely and the Employer violated the interim CBA by not counting the vacation time as hours worked for purposes of overtime.

"RPOA Officers in the bargaining unit, who took time off corresponding to the time they would have been entitled between Sept. 10, 2012 and their subsequent respective anniversary dates for vacation and who worked the hours above scheduled for such respective time periods, shall have such time off counted as hours worked, and shall be made whole for the appropriate hours for which they were not paid at one and one-half times the Officer's regular rate of pay (including shift differential)," the Arbitrator wrote in his decision. "The expenses and fees of the Arbitrator shall be borne by the Employer ..."

Union representatives invited to Grievance Seminars

All Local Executive Board Members and Local Stewards are encouraged to attend a series of Grievance Seminars being held at the MAP Office. The Seminars, being conducted by MAP Executive Director Fred Timpner, will provide valuable information on key grievance issues.

Seminars on Aug. 28 and Oct. 24 will focus on contract interpretation. Discipline will be discussed at the Seminars on Sept. 25 and Nov. 21. Each Seminar begins at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served. Details can be found on the website Calendar.

These Seminars are limited to 12 persons on a first-come basis so please contact Julie Palmquist at (248) 304-8800, ext. 231 as soon as possible to make reservations.