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Ruben Davis
Retired Sergeant
Retired Sergeant Ruben Davis passed away on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.  He was 61.  Ruben joined Police Academy Class #67 on November 11, 1974.  He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on March 23, 1983. [More]

Donna J. Peck
Retired Senior Police Officer
Donna J. Peck passed away on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at the age of 61. She joined the Houston Police Department on June 7, 1976 as a Clerk Typist 1 and as a Stenographer 1, assigned to the Narcotics Division. On January 28, 1980, she started as a Cadet in Academy Class #90. [More]

Jerry W. Lineberry
October 17, 2016
 Jerry W. Lineberry A member of the HPROA, passed away on Monday, October 17, 2016, at the age of 76. He was preceded in death by his wife Marvice Adelle Lineberry. He was a Veteran of the U.S. [More]

Kenneth Molett
Senior Jail Attendant
Senior Jail Attendant Kenneth Molett passed away on Sunday, October 16, 2016. He joined the department on February 3, 1984, and served the department for over 32 years. He is the father of Jail Attendant Desirea Molett; and brother of City of Houston Municipal Court Customer Representative 3 Monica Molett. 

The body is entrusted with Paradise North Funeral Home, 10401 West Montgomery, Houston, Texas 77088, telephone number (281) 445-1201.

A visitation will be held before the Funeral Services at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, 6616 D.S. [More]

Board Meeting Minutes
October 13, 2016
OCTOBER 13, 2016

Call to Order:  President Steve Rayne called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m.

Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance:  Fred Walschburger 

Present:  Ashby, Barnard, Beale, Elkin, Gaines, Headley, Kivela, Potell, Rayne, St.John, Toth, Walschburger, Zoch 
Absent:     Blair, Miller 

Sergeant at Arms:  Robert Crane  

Parliamentarian:  Ed Aldridge

Determination of Quorum: A quorum was present.

Treasurer’s Report and Minutes of Previous Meeting: 
Motion by Walschburger, 2nd by Kivela to approve minutes and treasurer’s report as printed.  Voice Vote.  Motion Carried.

President – Steve Rayne:
HPD Honorably Retired Identification and Photo may be obtained at the Police Academy. [More]

Business Meeting Minutes
October 13, 2016
OCTOBER 13, 2016

Call to Order: President Steve Rayne called meeting to order at 9:50 a.m.

Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance:  Fred Walschburger 

Minutes of Previous Meeting:
Motion by Bill Elkin, 2nd by Fred Walschburger, to approve the minutes as printed. Voice Vote. Motion Carried.

President – Steve Rayne
Acknowledged and welcomed the first time attendees. [More]

Family Assistance Update
October 2016
Al Blair (10-20-16) rh - I received a call from Robert Crane advising that he had just learned that Al has been in Methodist Hospital for a few weeks.  He stated he talked to Al's daughter and he was having circulation problems in his legs.  He has now been moved to Garden Terrace Rehabilitation Center, located at 7887 Cambridge, near the Medical Center.  Al's phone number is 281-468-6046.  Please keep Al in your prayers.

Jerry Carpenter:
(10-15-16 nf) We visited with Jerry last evening by phone and he states that he was diagnosed with inoperable cancer in both lungs recently. [More]

Fredericksburg Reunion
October 29, 2016
 Well Hello There Folks,

Just wanted to remind you that our Fredericksburg Reunion is fast approaching.  THE DATE IS OCTOBER 29, 2016 at the Pioneer Pavilion located at Lady Bird Johnson Park in Fredericksburg .As always it is being hosted by our Dear HPROA members Lamar and Dee Kimble.  The Reunion is from 10A-2P and the cost is $10 per person. [More]

Retiree Round Up
October 13, 2016
Retiree Roundup

Donald J. McWilliams:(8-13-16 nf) Don's wife, Dinah, reports that D.J. was still recovering from a dose of morphine that he is highly allergic to when he went to the hospital about 6 months ago, when he fell 2 weeks ago at his home in the Huntsville area. [More]



At our monthly meeting yesterday (10-13-2016) we had four members of HPOPS ( Terry Bratton, John Lawson, Dwayne Ready and Mike Newsome) in attendance. John Lawson gave a brief summary of how negotiations with the city were going and then took questions for an hour and a half from the 170 HPROA members who were present


Some of the good things the “CITY” has agreed to is that our Defined Benefit type of pension will continue, Drop and Prop programs will continue and COLA’s will continue. However, he said to “NOT” expect these benefits to be as good as they have been in the past.

Mayor Turner wants to have an agreement in place by Wednesday October 19, 2016.

John Lawson and the other members of HPOPS asked everyone to only believe what they see printed on the HPOPS website.

As a side note HPOPS voted yesterday and approved a 5.2% interest rate for Drop and Prop accounts starting in January.

Steve Rayne
HPROA President  

Report from HPOPS
October 14, 2016


Monday, October 17, 2016

As many of you know, Board members have been discussing possible solutions to the sustainability of our pension system with the following understanding of the present environment:

1.      Prior legislative attempts to fundamentally change our system to a DC Plan will continue unabated;

2.      The present contract cannot sustain the system or resolve the unfunded liability going forward;

3.      The need for fundamental changes to all three city plans is self-evident and growing; and,

4.      It is better to work with the city to craft a mutually desirable result rather than leaving it in the hands of Austin.

 With that in mind, your trustees have met with city representatives, legislative representatives, legal representatives, actuaries, and a host of other key players to develop recommendations that would address the needs for all involved while minimizing the impact to any particular class of employees and retirees. We also felt it important to share the topics being discussed with the understanding that rumors will soon overshadow reality. The following topics are under consideration, and we are asking our actuary to determine the economic impact of them. These are POSSIBLE changes at this point and do NOT reflect any final agreement with or promise to the City.

1. Pension obligation bonds to immediately pay HPOPS $750,000,000.00 to make up for historical underfunding and the interest thereon.

2. Statutory language that prohibits the City from under-contributing in the future.

3. Reducing the discount rate (what we must earn through investments) from 8% to 7%.

4. Closing the amortization period down from 30 years to 20 years.

5. Modifying the pension formula for those hired post-2004 to reflect the Rule of 70.

o    Rule of 70 defined as years of service plus age.

6. Changing the formula for cost of living adjustments (COLA) to model after social security.

7. Restricting COLA eligibility to an age certain.

8. Establishing participation caps in DROP for those eligible to reflect the following limits:

o    Less than 20 years of service – 10 years

o    Less than 5 years in DROP – 15 years

o    5 years or greater in DROP, but less than 10 – 18 years, and

o    10 years or greater in DROP – 20 years

No more DROP recalculations at time of retirement.

10.   Removing backdrop option.

11.   Employee contributions no longer credited to DROP.

12.   COLA ineligibility for DROP accounts.

13.   Employee contribution rate of 10.5% for all employees.

14.   Interest crediting for DROP/PROP changed to reflect a percentage of the 5-year average with a floor of 2.5% and no ceiling; however, no interest to be credited for years when plan investment returns are negative.

15.   Potential moratorium on COLAs for all plan participants not to exceed eight years, except for retirees 70 years of age or older.

16.   No further annuity deferrals into PROP.

17.   Future multipliers for pre-2004 hires changed to 2.25% for the first 20 years of service prospectively and then 2.00% for each year thereafter.

18.   Establishing a risk-sharing corridor plan with Meet and Confer as a safety valve to ensure the system is properly funded.

19.   Maximum pension benefit based on highest civil service rank attained.

Again, these are simply topics being discussed at this point in order to reach the result necessary for sustainability. These items, as well as others,
Are subject to change, redaction, addition, or other modifications. Furthermore, no changes will take effect until the legislature acts upon them.
Of note is the fact that no retroactive changes will reach benefits already earned or any interest already accrued within DROP/PROP accounts. [More]
Crockett Reunion - Should it Continue


The Houston Police Retired Officers Association started in Crockett Texas in 1994. A group of retired HPD officers were gathered for an informal reunion when the idea of the HPROA was born and it has grown for over the last 22 years. Each of those years there has been a “reunion” of some sort in Crockett.  The reunions  started out small, got big and are now getting smaller every year. The number of HPROA members in East Texas is declining because of deaths, illness, lack of interest or moving out of East Texas. Also very few new retiree’s are retiring to East Texas. The attendance at the Crockett reunion the last three years has been 123, 122, and 117 this year. [More]

Northeast Station Breakfast
Every FIRST SATURDAY of each month at 7:30 am, at the GOLDEN CORRAL, 9663 FM 1960 W. bypass (just west on FM 1960 @ the Eastex Fwy.) Humble. Former Northeast officers 


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