All Local Executive Board Members and Local Stewards are encouraged to attend a series of Grievance Seminars being held on Fridays 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. 21 and Oct. 30, 2015 will focus on contract interpretation. Discipline will be discussed at the Seminars on Sept. 25 and Nov. 20, 2015. 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. Please contact Julie Palmquist at (248) 304-8800, ext. 231 as soon as possible to make reservations.

By Jennifer Foley, MAP Editor

A Sterling Heights patrol officer received a reduction in his discipline and was made whole after Michigan Association of Police (MAP) filed a grievance on his behalf.

The Officer, who worked the night shift, was given a five-day suspension with an additional five days held in abeyance for one year from the time of the incident for falling asleep while on duty and failing to respond to a radio call for approximately 10 minutes on May 18, 2014. On the night in question, the Officer was called to the station and interviewed by a Sergeant at which time the Officer acknowledged that he fell asleep.

The next day, May 19, 2014, the Officer was placed on desk duty and while he was off work, on May 22 he went to see a doctor for excessive daytime sleepiness. He was referred to a sleep disorders institute where he was diagnosed with a shift work related sleep disorder. He followed the doctor’s prescribed remedies and had no further incidents.

During the investigation, it was also found that the Grievant had fallen asleep while working with another officer and did not report for a run to which both were assigned. The officer spoke directly with the Grievant, but did not report the incident to a supervisor.

The Officer provided the City with his doctor’s assessment and even offered to allow the City doctor to examine him. The City declined to send the grievant to their employer physician. The grievance filed by MAP on the Officer’s behalf requested removal of all discipline “due to (the Officer’s) documented medical condition and that he be made whole.”

The Arbitrator compared the Officer’s case to that of three other police officials in the same department, all of whom received less stringent discipline than the Grievant. “Grievant was given the most severe discipline, a five-day suspension, in contrast to a four-day suspension, a letter of reprimand and a one-day suspension,” the Arbitrator wrote in his decision. “The second and more critical distinction is that Grievant sought medical assistance for what he perceived to be a problem he had experienced at least once, if not twice, before while on duty. The Grievant promptly took steps to seek and obtain medical advice, was referred to a medical doctor with expertise in the sleep disorder area, and provided that documentation to his employer. Grievant participated in a two-day sleep study and followed all of his medical doctor’s plan for addressing his disorder.”

The 21st Annual Michigan Association of Police Organizations (MAPO) Golf Outing is just around the corner. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to participate as a player and/or sponsor.

The outing begins at 9 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast followed by a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 at Links of Novi Golf Course, 5395 Ten Mile Rd. in Novi. The course is located one-half mile west of Beck Road, easily accessible off I-96 at the Beck Road exit.

Golfers must reserve their spot in advance. The cost for individuals is $110 or teams of four for $440. The event includes: golf; cart; a continental breakfast of coffee, juice, donuts and rolls; refreshments on the golf course; hot dogs and potato chips at the turn; steak dinner; door prizes for everyone; prizes for first, second and third place teams; skins game; prize for longest drive and closest to the pin for men and women; a 50/50 drawing; and raffles.

For $250, sponsors will have their organization name prominently displayed at one of the 18 holes on the course for all participants to appreciate. Corporate checks are accepted to help defray the cost of the golf outing.

Please make individual checks payable to MAPO PAC. Corporate checks must be made payable to MAPO Golf Outing. Please indicate the name of the business for the hole sponsorship and the names of all golfers participating. Mail checks to Michigan Association of Police (MAP), 667 E. Big Beaver, Suite 109, Troy, Michigan 48083 or contact the office to register at (248) 304-8800, ext. 231.

Executive Director Fred Timpner congratulates 2015 Carl Parsell Scholarship recipient Marisa Reiss on her $2,500 award.
Marisa Reiss (center) is the daughter of St. Clair Shores Police Sgt. William Reiss (left) and Gina Reiss (right).

Scholarship winner has impressive resume, personality

By Jennifer Foley, MAP Editor

Carl Parsell Scholarship winner Marisa Reiss took challenging honors courses while attending Dakota High School, but that didn’t stop her from volunteering her time with various organizations and working with special needs students.

The daughter of Michigan Association of Police (MAP) member William Reiss, a City of St. Clair Shores Police Sergeant, was awarded the $2,500 scholarship for the 2015-16 school year. Marisa, who graduated with a 3.56 GPA from Dakota High, will be attending Michigan State University to major in Biology/Pre Med.

Marisa was in the National Honor Society, on the honor roll all four years, and enrolled in various Advanced Placement classes. She was in Dakota’s Medical Careers Program and employed as a secretary with Macomb Intermediate School District at Glen H. Peters School for special needs students.

“Through my medical internship at Dakota, I have the opportunity to work at Glen H. Peters School ... for mentally and physically disabled students,” Marisa wrote on her application. “This scholarship will provide much needed assistance to achieve my degree in the medical careers program.”

A Macomb Township resident, Marisa has 80 plus hours of community service, has participated in Dakota’s Varsity Dance Team for three years, and was awarded multiple MAC Red Academic Awards for athletics. She volunteers with St. Clair Shores Cops for Kids, which provides financial assistance to less fortunate families in St. Clair Shores throughout the year, serving 85 families with 300 children over the Christmas holiday. She also volunteers through the National Honor Society and at St. Malachy Catholic Church Summer Festival each year, which fundraises to assist the parish community.

“Marisa has earned her academic success, while taking many challenging, rigorous courses such as Honors Chemistry, AP Chemistry, AP Biology and AP Psychology. Marisa’s resume is impressive, and equally as impressive is her personality,” wrote Dakota High School Principal Paul Sibley in a letter of recommendation. “Marisa is the type of person that will make an institution better, create a more positive work place, and will represent everyone in her life well.”

2015 Carl Parsell Scholarship recipient Chad Quick (center) is the son of City of Novi Lead Mechanic Chris Quick (left) and Geralyn Quick (right).

Scholarship awarded to school leader

By Jennifer Foley, MAP Editor

Chad Quick’s proven leadership ability coupled with academic achievements and volunteer work helped him become one of two $2,500 Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund winners for the 2015-16 school year.

The son of Michigan Association of Public Employees (MAPE) member Chris Quick, City of Novi Lead Mechanic, Chad graduated with a 3.95 GPA from Detroit Catholic Central High School. He will be attending University of Notre Dame to major in Civil Engineering.

Chad was a Student Council Member, Senior Class Treasurer, Kairos Retreat Leader, JV Soccer Captain of the high school team and member of the National Honor Society. He received the Gabriel Richard Academic Award, President’s Award for Educational Excellence, A.P. Scholar Award and Catholic League All-Academic in 2014. Chad’s soccer team was district champions in 2013 and Catholic League Champions. He was awarded All-District, All-Region and All-State Honorable Mention for soccer. Chad was involved in Club Soccer, track and field, basketball and Art Club.

A United States Soccer Federation Grade 8 Certified Referee, Chad volunteers as a Parish Usher at Our Lady of Victory in Northville and served in the Boy Scouts as a Troop Guide and Life Scout and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He also participated in the Peanut Butter and Jelly Outreach, preparing food and collecting clothing for the needy. Chad built a 24-foot pole barn at Maybury State Park in Northville for his Eagle Scout project.

“I have been so active in my school and community, especially in pursuing my Eagle Rank, that I have been unable to work during the year to earn money for college,” Chad wrote in his application. “The Carl Parsell Scholarship would help me afford the University of Notre Dame. Earning a degree in Civil Engineering from Notre Dame would enable me to build municipal, domestic and environmental structure to enrich my community in the future.”

Chad, a Plymouth resident, also received an Army R.O.T.C. Scholarship.

The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund was established in 1991 in memory of the law enforcement union movement pioneer. Parsell spent an unparalleled career thinking about the welfare of the employees he represented, always taking effective actions to constantly improve their economic status, working conditions, and future. The scholarship continues his legacy of improving the lives and futures of others, through education. Scholarships are awarded each year to Michigan family members of MAP, MAPE and MAFF union members. Funds for this year’s recipients were derived from the 25th Annual Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing, which took place June 11.

Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing - June 11, 2015 at Links of Novi.

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