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President DeSimone steps down.

I am announcing effective July 1, 2014 I will be resigning from my Presidency post in the Raleigh Police Protective Association. Matt Cooper will assume the responsibility of the Presidency post. Along with my post the position of secretary of the union will be assumed by Dave Rattelade.
The reasons for the current changes are in the best interest of the organization and its members. I feel that new leadership in the RPPA will take this organization well into the future and grow with new city management. We have a new City Manager, new HR director, new council members, and new RPD administration. With these changes, a change in our organization is also best right now. I have all the confidence in the world that the new board will continue the success we have had in the last 15 years. I feel the RPPA currently has a strong working relationship with the RPD administration and city council to make this an easy transition. Both new members of the board have great knowledge of the everyday activities of the RPPA and the politics involved in moving this organization forward. Matt Cooper and Dave Rattelade also have a good relationship with the RPD administration and more importantly they have the member’s best interests in mind. After speaking with both of them I am extremely confident that they will work even harder for our members and the success of this organization. I will be staying on for 6-12 months in a consulting role until the new leadership is established on their own. I will be introducing the new leadership to the RPD and city administration in the near future.
I have been on this board for the past 14 years, 11 has your Vice President and the last 3 as your acting President. I can say we have had some extreme highs and some extreme lows but I have no regrets. I have been honored to represent all of you and hope that I have not let you down. This is bitter sweet for me to move on as I truly loved working for the working cops in this department and fighting for what is right for us. I could not have done this alone, every one of our members have at one point or another been a pivotal part of this organizations success. If you contacted me personally, spoke up at a meeting, assisted in a critical incident, supported the RPPA in a political event, or looked out for each other you have made my job easier. Together we have many accomplishments in the past 14 years:
• Increased membership from 176 in 2000 to 556 today, an increase of 200%
• We won the FSLA lawsuit
After the proposed budget recommended no range adjustment we were able to lobby city council to maintain a 1.5% raise
• We were able to get dues check off passed
• The first half of our educational incentive was passed
• The second half on the educational incentive was passed
• With the help from the fire fighters union we stopped deductible and co-insurance raises
• We had input on several policy changes suggested by the Chief.
• We won dozens of appeals of disciplinary action where the loss of time, rank, and employment was recommended
• We secured a seat on the NC Training and Standards Commission
• We were able to convince the council to rescind the PPM evaluation system
• We represented over 100 officers in critical incidents and shootings

I have been honored and humbled to represent each and every one of you in the past 14 years. I thank you for your dedication to this organization and your professionalism on the job. Thank you for this opportunity.

Eric DeSimone

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