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City and CLEAT Settle Salary Scuffle
Settlement results in new payment arrangement for officers doing union work
News Story  August 26, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...The city and the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, an umbrella organization of police unions from across the state, have settled a dispute over who should pay for Austin police who are off on union-work leave time. Under the new agreement, CLEAT will pay the city the salary and benefits for Sgt..."

CLEAT, City Standoff Over Police Monitor
Police union threatens legal action if OPM continues with no contract
News Story  January 18, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...But not everyone was, in Hart's words, ready to "join me in welcoming Farah to her new role." The Combined Law Enforce­ment Assoc­i­a­tions of Texas (CLEAT) sent Hart a letter on Jan. 10 warning that the city's continuation of the OPM would bring forth a lawsuit..."

Learning the Hard Way That Police and Democratic Socialists Rarely Mix
CLEAT alum Danny Fetonte's resignation from the Austin DSA raises questions for the local chapter
News Story  October 12, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...But a few weeks later, Fetonte abruptly resigned from his position at DSA, and encouraged others to question their membership with the group. It had come to light that Fetonte, amid his years of organizing, had worked as an organizer for the Combined Law Enforce­ment Associations of Texas (CLEAT), the state's most influential and powerful law enforcement union..."

Sheffield To Contest Firing
Former APA leader ousted from CLEAT
News Story  July 22, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...Mike Sheffield, the retired Austin Police Department detective who was president of the Austin Police Associa­tion for eight years before retiring in 2006, was fired July 18 from his job as a field representative and training coordinator with the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, the state's largest police union. The reason? CLEAT Executive Direct­or John Burpo isn't saying, and neither is Sheffield – that is, he isn't disclosing (for now, at least) the official reason Burpo cited for his termination, but it seems not all is well in cop union paradise..."

Stomped Out
As Sheffield's case awaits trial, he still wonders why CLEAT took such drastic action against him
News Story  October 15, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
"...He's 59 now, retired from police work and working as a plainclothes employee at APD's Office of Community Liaison, his third job since stepping down as APA president. In 2012, his first post-APD employer, the Combined Law Enforcement Associa­tions of Texas (CLEAT), tried to send him to prison for a crime that legal authorities determined never happened..."

Time Bandits in Uniform?
APD officers question whether union 'leave time' deal violates their contract
News Story  August 12, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...According to a subsequent CLEAT newsletter, Harrison had indeed been out of state – in Washington, D.C., where he and his wife "represented CLEAT at various events" during the weeklong national remembrance that is National Law Enforcement Week...."

Dial "M" for Money
New Law Puts Police Telemarketing on Hold
News Story  August 8, 1997, by Amy Smith
"...Interestingly enough, during the PBA's telemarketing campaign between January and April, a stealth lobbying effort was underway at the Texas Legislature to drastically alter police telemarketing efforts. In the final hours of the session, an anti-telemarketing faction -- the powerful lobby of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, or CLEAT -- slapped a six-page amendment onto Senate Bill 1581 on the third and final reading, changing the language of the legislation to specifically target police groups..."

The Doughnut Man
News Story  August 8, 1997
"...While the group has a stronger presence in states where labor groups enjoy a fair amount of bargaining leverage, the FOP is trying another tack in the right-to-work state of Texas. The group is trying to woo members with a legal defense package -- a necessary tool for police officers -- that it claims is more comprehensive than the one offered by CLEAT (Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas), FOP's most formidable competitor...."

Who Pays For Police Union Work?
Police officers, union, and city officials argue over leave time
DAILY News  August 6, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...The problem, they allege, is that Harrison hasn't been taking ABL time solely to work on "association business," as the contract provides, but has been using full-time ABL in order to work for the statewide union, the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, to which Harrison was elected president in 2009. "It is the understanding of members that [Harrison] is on ABL while fulfilling his duties as the elected president of CLEAT on a full-time basis," Coffey and Jackoskie wrote..."

Naked City
Austin Stories
News Story  March 9, 2001, by Erica C. Barnett
"...It's not everyday you see the phrases "American Civil Liberties Union" and "hit list" in the same sentence. But there it is -- in the phrase "the ACLU's law enforcement hit list" -- in a statement from Charley Wilkison, political director of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT), condemning the civil liberties group for "working … to undermine officer's [sic] rights protected by state law" and promulgating "cop bashing and cop-hate."..."

City and Statewide Police Union Settle Dispute
CLEAT will pay for Sgt. Harrison's leave time
DAILY News  August 17, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...Under the terms of the new agreement, CLEAT will pay the city the salary and benefits for Sgt. Todd Harrison to be on full-time leave while working for the statewide police union...."

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond
News Story  October 1, 2010
"...In July, Sanders family attorney Adam Loewy made comments to the effect that a tentative $750,000 settlement with the city meant the city was taking responsibility for an unjustified shooting by an Austin cop. In a story in this month's edition of CLEAT magazine The Texas Police Star (found at, Vincent and Harrison largely attribute council's subsequent rejection of the settlement to APA and CLEAT's aggressive lobbying of members behind the scenes: "This proves that APA and CLEAT can exert much more political muscle than most politicians ever thought," Harrison says in the article..."

Memories in Memo-Land
Tracking back on Marc Ott's previous disciplinary memo to Acevedo
News Story  May 12, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...That memo, delivered to the Chronicle on Friday, came after Ott's office learned that Sergeant Todd Harrison – who's served as the president of CLEAT (Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas), the union of Texas police unions, since 2009 – was using Association Business Leave money to attend to his CLEAT duties. (ABL money gets pooled by the city through sick leave contributions from Austin police officers to pay the salaries of local union officials who leave their APD assignments to focus on union business..."

Officer Who Killed Teen Fired
Joseph family's attorney calls the decision a "good first step"
News Story  March 24, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...A statement from the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) indicated that Freeman will appeal the ruling. Acevedo said Monday that he is confident an arbitrator will uphold the department's decision...."

APD Officer Freeman Fired
Geoffrey Freeman "indefinitely suspended" for David Joseph shooting
DAILY News  March 21, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...CLEAT and the local police association have viewed Joseph’s death as an unwelcome byproduct of insufficient training – a body lost because of the department’s willingness to understaff neighborhood patrol shifts (or current troubles recruiting new officers). Grant Goodwin, CLEAT’s attorney representing Freeman since the shooting, even said so much at a Feb..."

Keel: The Real Deal
He's No Andy Griffith
News Story  November 10, 1995
"..."[Keel] has this mentality that the ends justify the means -- that he is a crime-fighter, the only one in Travis County that can save us from the criminal element, and so he tramples on Constitutional rights," says Ron DeLord, president of the Combined Law Enforcement Agencies of Texas (CLEAT), a state-wide association of peace officers...."

Election Ticker: Don’t Listen to Us!
Midterm coverage, from the folks you love to hate
News Story  October 25, 2018, by Mike Clark-Madison, Chase Hoffberger, Michael King, Mary Tuma and Nina Hernandez
"...Law and Order: The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas started issuing endorsements to state law enforcement officials on Sunday, and there are a few worth noting. Left off the list are Republican incumbents Dan Patrick and Ted Cruz, though CLEAT's executive board, which handles the endorsements, declined to endorse Mike Collier and Beto O'Rourke either..."

Election Notes: Ward Politics
Troxclair gets her man
News Story  July 26, 2018, by Mary Tuma, Nina Hernandez, Chase Hoffberger and Austin Sanders
"...20 filing deadline. (CLEAT's call also mentions candidates with no "criminal history," a likely jab at Lewis Conway Jr.) Asked Tuesday whether the call was at all related to Council's rejection of the agreed-to police contract last December, Executive Director Charley Wilkison told me it's "a direct result." He said there's not a single candidate – incumbent or otherwise – whom CLEAT plans to endorse..."

Substantive Proposals
Police oversight, left and right
News Story  February 1, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...That in particular, she said, is what makes her such an ideal monitor during this particularly turbulent time. The OPM has never operated without a meet-and-confer agreement in place between the union and city, and both the APA and CLEAT (the state union) have already made moves to limit the office's power as a result..."

Police Union Subpoenas Mayor
The state union is charging that Austin's mayor is trying to influence the arbitration of Geoffrey Freeman
News Story  November 23, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...The Combined Law Enforcement Assoc­i­ations of Texas, the umbrella body of police unions across the state, issued a subpoena to Mayor Steve Adler Monday that calls for the mayor to testify in the upcoming arbitration hearing for Geoffrey Freeman, the Austin police officer fired in March for the fatal shooting of David Joseph. According to CLEAT Exec­utive Director Charley Wilkison, Freeman's counsel wants to grill the mayor for his public citing of "their individual cases" – Freeman's and Bryan Richter's – during last week's press conference announcing a new task force to combat institutional racism..."

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