|Message from the Executive Director – Fall 2018|
The United States Supreme Court has ruled and the Janus V. AFSCME ruling is final. The OPBA has completed a thorough audit of its membership roles. The OPBA continues to contact individuals for whom a membership application is necessary. I encourage all members to verify that the OPBA has your most current information by contacting the OPBA office at 1-800-457-4190. OPBA.com also has the most current OPBA membership application, simply look for the resources tab at the top of the screen and look under forms where the application is located. The OPBA wants all of our members to make sure they are receiving all the benefits they are entitled.
Criminal defense and critical incident representation continue to be a benefit for members of the OPBA. Members from the Perrysburg Township and Perrysburg City Police Departments were involved in a shooting incident. Members were and continue to be assisted by Attorney Yvonne Trevino who was on scene within one hour of the officer involved shooting.
Attorney Sue Bungard and Executive Director Tom Austin also assisted a Cleveland Heights Officer during an Officer involved shooting.
A Wooster Officer was also involved in an allegation of misuse of OHLEG. Attorney Joe Hegedus and Dominic Vitantonio represented the Officer. The involved officer was charged with 18 felony counts. Fortunately, the jury returned a not guilty verdict on all counts. The jury verdict can be viewed at the OPBA Facebook page.
With deep sadness, I must report that David Spagnolo a member of the OPBA Executive Board died on September 26th. Dave served for 25 years on the board and was a retired Bedford Heights police officer. Thank you for your service Dave and Rest in Peace. Please keep Dave and his family in your thoughts.