Election Reminder: October ballot includes president, secretary, 12 board members and constitutional change

Tom Kennedy

This October HPOU members will go online to select their president, secretary and board members representing odd-numbered positions as well as two even-numbered positions and a proposed constitutional amendment.


A vote in favor of the proposed amendment would mean the creation of a third vice president of HPOU “held by a person with the rank of sergeant only.”


The holder of this position, should it be created by vote of the membership, would not be eligible for the Union presidency. The constitution clearly states that only someone in the rank of officer can be elected to the office of president and first and second vice president.


The board position filing begins on Sept. 1 for board positions 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 19 and the two even-numbered board positions, Nos. 2 and 6. The latter two positions were vacated by board members who retired from HPD. President Ray Hunt appointed someone for Position 6 but Position 2 has remained vacant.


The filing deadline is 10 a.m. Oct. 1. HPOU Secretary Will Reiser said all biographies and photos must be submitted to the Union by 10 a.m. on that day, which also is the date of the monthly general membership meeting.


Electronic voting begins at noon on Oct. 5 and officially ends at noon on Oct. 16. Final election results will be certified and posted within 72 hours. Any runoff election will be held in November.


According to the HPOU constitution, candidates for president, secretary and board positions 1-14 must hold the rank of police officer or senior police officer. Board Position 15 can be help by an officer, SPO or sergeant, while positions 17 and 19 must be held by members with the rank of sergeant.