I’m struggling to find the relevance of the Police Managers and Supervisors Association for the LVMPD. I was supposedly ‘voted out’of the PMSA in October of 2011 because of the ‘fiduciary duty’ that the PMSA had to its members. I had paid nearly $5,000 in dues after being promoted to sergeant in 2007. The decision was made that they would not support my fight against a wrongful termination because I had allegedly ‘confessed’ to leaving my area to conduct a follow-up investigation. The PMSA was fully aware of the actions that had been taken against me beginning in 2007-2008, but sat on the sidelines.
I’m not sure if they have ever aggressively represented anyone because captains, lieutenants, and sergeants are all members of the same association. I would think it would be pretty rare for someone outside of the association to initiate disciplinary action against someone in the represented ranks. For example, how often would a deputy chief (or higher ranking member of the LVMPD) file a statement of complaint against a captain (or a lieutenant or a sergeant)?
So let’s assume that a prudent decision was made to not only deny me representation but to also expel me (the first member expelled in the history of the PMSA to my knowledge). How does this ‘fiduciary responsibility’ to the membership compare with the protection that the PMSA gave to their former chairman (Lt. Paul Page)? Page had allegedly embezzled approximately $50,000 from the PMSA (and possibly another charitable organization). There were just two news stories printed in the Review-Journal (along with two columns by Jane Ann Morrison).
Case against ex-head of police managers union closed quietly — June 16, 2011 by Jane Ann Morrison
Former Las Vegas police Lt. Paul Page was never charged by police on allegations he misappropriated $38,521 in funds belonging to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Managers and Supervisors Association, the police union he headed.
No case was ever presented to the district attorney’s office because the association was more interested in getting its money reimbursed (and avoiding bad publicity) than in prosecuting him.
Embezzlement doesn’t seem to bother police supervisors union — February 10, 2011 by Jane Ann Morrison
Given the chance to treat one of their own like any other suspect, a Las Vegas police union representing managers and supervisors (you know, the leaders who should serve as examples) did the wrong thing. They circled the wagons in a defensive mode, partly in order to avoid bad publicity. Instead, all they did was reinforce the suspicions that dirty cops are protected by the law enforcement brotherhood.
Ex-union chief avoiding court — February 7, 2011 by Frances McCabe
The former head of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Managers and Supervisors Association is accused of misappropriating nearly $40,000 in union funds, but he might avoid prosecution.
Union members who attended a January meeting voted not to press criminal charges against Lt. Paul C. Page in hopes that he pays back the money. If not, the union could pursue criminal charges against Page.
Police union head suspended — November 25, 2011 by Francis McCabe
The chairman of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Managers and Supervisors Association union has been relieved of his duties and placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into allegations of misappropriation of union funds.
Members of the managers and supervisors union learned Monday from the board of directors that Lt. Paul Page had been relieved of his union duties…
I was told about a passionate plea made by a captain at a PMSA meeting that urged members to accept restitution from Page instead of prosecuting for a felony crime (probably multiple felony crimes). Compared to the extensive media coverage of some other incidents of alleged “Metro Misconduct,” this one stayed under the radar. I’ve seen plenty of pictures of those arrested for DUI or domestic violence but I’ve never quite figured out how some pictures and stories make it to the newspaper and so many others don’t. How about an officer that has his second (or third DUI) that keeps his job? How does this compare to the female Henderson sergeant that gets plastered all over the news? Plenty of alleged ‘wife-beaters’ have been under investigation by the LVMPD and their pictures have never appeared in the papers.
So who was protecting Paul Page and allowing the PMSA as an organization to fly under the radar? It is not a secret that there is currently a $1 MILLION lawsuit against the PMSA and Paul Page in United States District Court District of Nevada (Case 2:11-cv-00119-JCM–RJJ)! I’m wondering if I missed something or if the courthouse reporters that usually keep everyone on edge at the Federal Courthouse are ignoring this.
Why is it that the same person who should have been prosecuted (but wasn’t) also got a medical (or possibly even a ‘disability’retirement) that is supposedly confidential? Does Paul Page also carry his retirement credentials or was he ‘involuntarily terminated’ according to the LVMPD Separation Notice that had to be filed? The box on mine is checked“INVOLUNTARY TERMINATION” and will damage the opportunities that I have for the rest of my life. Remember — I crossed the street and was targeted for termination by the Gillespie MAFIA. Paul Page (and others) have engaged in felony crimes and the taxpayers are not entitled to know what status they had when they left the LVMPD?
Now add to this a federal lawsuit against the PMSA that was filed many months ago and has apparently never made the papers… The actions of Paul Page supposedly cost the PMSA tens of thousands of dollars. The lawsuit has required a defense by one or more attorneys-including the one that the PMSA selected to replace Stephen DeNigris when he alleged they breached his contract. If the public is unaware of these facts then does anyone think that the membership of the PMSA has been briefed? I have not read any references to this lawsuit in the minutes from the General Membership Meetings the last two Novembers. Maybe I am missing something? Oh yes, they don’t follow their Bylaws or live up to their promises to all members either. Just visit their website and read the Vision, Mission, and Values. What a crock!
Is it possible that the Board of Directors and others are ‘in bed’ with Sheriff Gillespie? Lt. John Faulis can’t be an aggressive advocate for members if he wants to advance within the LVMPD — or can he? Sgt. Noah Grimm (former Vice Chair) was a ‘good soldier’ and just got his lieutenant’s bars. He is taking a lot of secrets and ‘confessions’ with him as he leaves the organization and tries to lead police officers in the field. (I think I had mine in 1992, but all that I felt from these two clowns was disrespect and contempt.)
Oh yes… Lt. Karen Hughes is on the Board along with her pal (Sgt. John Hayes – who is now the Vice Chair). These two have controlled the Vice unit (and destroyed the careers of more than one member of the LVMPD, including mine). They caused a large amount of stress for a now deceased lieutenant who tried to stop them from doing more damage without any justification of any kind. But guess what? Captain Curtis Williams (formerly in charge of the Vice-Narcotics unit) is also a member of the Board of Directors. The fun (or massive conflict of interest) does not stop here… One other member allegedly had a DUI with accident but was promoted to lieutenant (and he should have been a witness in my termination case but was never questioned), another Board member was transferred out of Internal Affairs for an incident of alleged misconduct. Ok… do you think I am making this up? Yet another member is the ex-husband of a deputy chief… the one who had a new significant other arrested for felony DUI in Montana (that one didn’t seem to get much media attention either — didn’t he get a medical retirement too?).
And let me conclude with the ‘scout troop’ of control and favors for friends… former Captain Kevin McMahill was on the Board during much of the time I was being targeted. HIS WIFE (Sgt. Kelly McMahill) DID BOTH OF THE INVESTIGATIONS THAT LED TO MY TERMINATION. I didn’t even realize what position he held until it was too late!
He is now Deputy Chief McMahill (he lost his job with the LVMPD once…) and his wife was transferred to the Office of Internal Oversight (after she terminated me—you should see the laser targeting of her investigation and intentional disregard of evidence that could have cleared me… Well… at least they are all a happy family advocating for themselves and taking care of their own. Sgt. McMahill is now preaching about the‘sanctity of human life’ for Duh-G… handsomely rewarded for the ‘hit’ on my career.
Sure I’m irritated that there is no due process or justice for me… but what are the members of the PMSA doing? Are something like 400 members totally asleep at the wheel? Do they ask what has been done to some of us or not done for others? Do they look at the minutes of the General Membership meetings and the Bylaws and realize that they can get ‘dumped’ at the pleasure of the crowd of cub scouts that I listed above? Do they know how much money has gone out the window and how much could be lost to the federal lawsuit?
Yup — the PMSA does have a fiduciary responsibility and they are either malicious or totally incompetent.