Michigan Association of Police

Labor Relations Specialist

James Steffes was a Local Executive Board official with Sterling Heights Police Department when he became part of the team breaking statewide barriers in wage and benefit packages with the help of MAP’s Executive Director Fred Timpner. While serving as a Patrolman, he was active with the Grievance Committee for 8 years, representing Officers during internal investigations and handling grievances on behalf of the Patrolman’s Association, including testifying in grievance arbitrations. Hired in 1973 as a Sterling Heights Police Cadet, he was promoted to Patrolman in 1976 working in Road Patrol, the Evidence Technician Unit, and eventually Traffic Safety. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1996 and later served as Afternoon Shift Road Patrol Sergeant, handling scheduling, district assignments, and overtime equalization for 24 patrol officers until his retirement in 1999. The 26-year police veteran moved to Florida in 2003 and was hired as a Building Inspector for Pasco County, obtaining his Florida structural inspections license in 2004. Later he became a Commercial Structural Inspector with Quorum Services in Tampa, inspecting several large expansions at Hillsborough Community College Ruskin Campus. In 2008, James returned to Michigan and joined MAP as a Labor Relations Specialist. His personality and disposition are a perfect fit for successfully handling difficult contract situations including negotiations, grievances and grievance arbitrations for MAP over the past 15 years.

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