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Member Benefits and Discounts

As members of the FOP you receive benefits through many different sources. Here is a listing of the current discounts and benefits
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The Lodge is Forming Committees

The lodge is in need of members to be involved in committees that help shape the direction of the lodge. It is very important for a lodge our size to have effective committees that serve the membership.
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KCFOP PAC Meet & Greet, August 9th, 5-7pm

The KCFOP PAC has rescheduled the Meet and Greet for Saturday, August 9th, from 5pm - 7pm.

It will be held at the Lodge Hall.  

All members are invited to attend!

Lodge 99 supports Jon Hess!

Everyone should receive their ballots in the mail in the next several days.  Please strongly consider giving Jon Hess your support!


At the July General Membership meeting, FOP Lodge 99 members voted unanimously to endorse Sgt. Jon Hess’ candidacy for the open position on the KCPERS Retirement Board. 

Jon has been a strong member of the FOP, serving two terms on the FOP Executive Board.  The FOP has the utmost confidence in Jon’s ability to serve as a strong representative on the Retirement Board. 

The FOP urges its members to cast their vote for Jon in the upcoming election.

Election ballots will be mailed to your home address on July 28th, 2014.  Voting occurs between July 28th and August 11th, with the winner being announced on August 13th. Please remember to vote for Jon.

Jon’s letter and biography can be found below.

Dear Member,

My name is Jon Hess and I am seeking the open position on the KCPERS Retirement Board created by the untimely and unfortunate passing of (Ret.) Chief Floyd Bartch.

I have a Bachelors Degree in Aviation Administration from Purdue University. My studies included several business courses with a focus on airline and airport management. I am also currently an active pilot and flight instructor.

While I love aviation, I also have a passion for law enforcement. I developed this by watching my father work as a police officer and sheriff’s deputy in Indiana. Not only do I enjoy the career, but I am very interested in helping maintain and improve the benefits of law enforcement officers both active and retired.

I joined the KCPD in June of 1999. I was assigned to East Patrol Division for almost 7 years as a patrol officer. I then transferred to Internal Affairs and Sex Crimes prior to my promotion to Sergeant in 2009. I returned to East Patrol Division as a supervisor in 2009 and in 2013 I was given my current assignment in the Crimes Against Children Section.

I was a member of the Kansas City FOP executive board from 2003 until 2010, serving as Chairman of the Trustees, Executive Vice President, and Secretary. During my tenure, I attended several seminars involving leadership, employee issues and pensions. This gave me a good understanding of the challenges facing both active and retired police officers and their families. In particular, I discovered the nationwide threat to public employee pension systems and the movement to eliminate them from our line of work. I also learned about the collapse of several systems around the country and the crises it created for retirees, actives, and their departments.

It is with this spirit that I seek your vote for the Retirement Board. I hope to continue the work of the current board in improving the financial security of the system. Once the financial needs are met to ensure the benefits we enjoy are safe, I hope to examine options to provide increased benefits to both active and retired members of the system.

I believe my education and experience will serve the members of the system well. I hope to earn the privilege to serve you as a member of the Retirement Board.

Sincerely,

Jon Hess

2014 FOP Lodge 99 Executive Board Elections

During the March 3, 2014 General Membership meeting, the Lodge accepted nominations for all elected Executive Board positions.  After the nominating process, there were no contested positions since only one member was nominated for each position.  As a result and in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order, a motion was made, seconded and unanimously passed directing the current Lodge secretary to cast one vote for each candidate for all the uncontested positions.  By virtue of that motion, each nominated member was elected to his or her respective office.  At the May 6, 2014 General Membership meeting, the following members will be sworn into their new positions:

  1. President – Sgt. Brad Lemon
  2. Executive Vice President Officer Steve Miller
  3. Secretary – Sgt. Michael Hutcheson
  4. Treasurer Sgt. David Dayton
  5. 1st Vice President Officer Aaron Fisher
  6. 2nd Vice President – Det. Gwen Merino
  7. Sergeant-At-Arms Officer Phil Travis
  8. State Lodge Trustee – Det. Ron Orr
  9. Immediate Past President Sgt. Brad Dumit

The office of Chief Lodge Steward shall be elected during the May General Membership meeting by the vote of the majority of all attending station or unit stewards in accordance with the Lodge By-Laws.

Congratulations to all the newly elected E-Board members.  On behalf of the entire membership, the Lodge wishes to express special thanks to those E-Board members, who chose not to seek office in this election, for their service to the Lodge and the membership over the past several years.

Letter from Executive Vice President, Brad Lemon

This is Thanksgiving week, and as the Executive VP of Lodge 99, I have a lot to be thankful for. Besides being a brother to the best family I could ever ask for, our organization has been very successful in supporting issues important to my brothers and sisters.

Our organization grew by leaps and bounds this year, and we welcomed our non-sworn brothers and sisters into our ranks. For too long they have been given lip service by our department and told that they are as important as the sworn members. We have always known that this department could not function without the non sworn, but very seldom are they treated as such. For the first time in the history of this department the civilians have a unified voice, and a forum in which to use that voice. They have spent months preparing a proposal and soon they will begin contract negotiations.  We may be the only FOP in the state supporting our non-sworn family, but we aren't the last.  St. Louis is now following in our footsteps and should be completed by this time next year.

I met with command leadership and through a lot of thoughtful discussion they felt that they needed a voice separate from the department's. A voice that is member driven and chosen by the body of their members. They voted to become the newest FOP lodge in the state of Missouri and the ONLY command FOP in the state. Other lodges have numerous commanders in them, like ours did, but Lodge 102 is unique as it actually is a lodge that bargains for the command ranks only. Lodge 99 supported their efforts and we asked our State Lodge to recognize and welcome Lodge 102 into our family.  They are new and learning, but their vote on local control  is crucial to the success of our efforts to put the issue to rest for a year or two.  On a side note, there is no truth to the rumors that I lobbied to have their lodge named Lodge 666 or All Zeroes (000), instead of 102.

The lodge building is taking shape and work is being planned on the other floors. It has become the center for FOP activities in the region and soon we will be providing other activities in that building. Activities such as regional FOP meetings that will be attended by other lodges to work on issues that are of interest to all lodges in our area. Plans are already in place to bring in National FOP leaders for training seminars, not only for our membership but members of other lodges as well.

Eight months ago our organization caught wind of a commission that was being planned to address possible direct control of the police department. We lobbied to be included in the member list and were granted two positions, I served along side one of our lodge attorneys, Sean McCauley.  We were later joined by a Lodge 102 rep and we began to work on a voting bloc. The weekend before the vote was crazy but in the end we were able to obtain a decisive victory. It was a unanimous vote against our current system, but we did get a majority vote against direct control. This will not be the last time we address this issue, but the issue will be shelved for at least a couple of years.

The top legislative issue Lodge 99 has ever had was the return of our political actives.  After having them stripped 74 years ago it was time to have them returned. For seven years we fought for changes in state statute, but because an antiquated Board of Police Commissioners (BOPC) position, lobbying by department commanders and the influence of a state senator we were unable to change the law.  The current BOPC issued another position that was neutral on the issue, the department pulled the commanders from their lobbying duties, because of lavish meals and alcohol consumption using public funds, and the senator was termed out of office.  This year we were able to get a unanimous vote in both houses to return those rights to our members, rights that have been granted to every other citizen in our great country.  We were also successful in partnering with the Police Pension Board to lobby for and obtain changes to the pension system that would allow our members to stay employed by our department for up to 35 years.  We also raised our maximum retirement benefits from 75 percent to 80 percent of member's base pay.  Neither of these bills would not have passed without the support of the Missouri State Lodge.  As a result of our successful work,in the state capital and additional issues that are of importance to our members the FOP employed a lobbyist to advocate for our members, and the issues that are important to them.

The above issues would normally be enough to call this year an amazing success, but it wasn't everything we did.  We also filed grievances on the following issues; suspension of members without criminal charges being filed, calculation of service time for specialized unit lists, denying EX time for our members, changing anniversary dates causing substantial monetary penalties to members and increases in budgets for the department, along with numerous other issues. In each of the issues we prevailed.  Your board members also used their own vacation time to attend training sessions, legislative trips to Jefferson City and conferences in Las Vegas, Denver and Cincinnati this year.  In fact, this was another year that I did not take a personal vacation as I used all of my own personal time for FOP issues.  It was in those conferences where we found the web site designer that we eventually chose for our own site development, developed pension ideas and developed a strategic business plan that will take years to fully implement.

Lastly, we do a lot of charity work during the year, donating time and money to,very worthy causes. I'm very proud of the good work we do in the community, but I'm the most proud of our Coats for Kids campaign. Supporting the community is important, as we are always in need of more community support of our officers.  I'm proud and thankful to be part of the Kansas City FOP, and I will be forever thankful to call myself your brother.

Brad Lemon
Executive Vice President
KCFOP, Lodge 99


Download: 11.25.2013 Letter from Executive Vice President Brad Lemon - Accomplishments.pdf

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