Our president will be FOP vice president

Editorial Staff
Gamaldi and newly elected FOP President Patrick Yoes. Photo by Gary Hicks

Delegates at the 64th conference of the National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) elected HPOU’s Joe Gamaldi as FOP vice president.

HPOU’s delegation to the New Orleans conference, held Aug. 12-15 also saw the Union’s endorsed candidate for FOP president, Louisiana sheriff’s officer Patrick J. Yoes win election.

Gamaldi’s campaign created an exceptionally positive stir in the convention sessions prior to the election.

Those elected to the other FOP executive offices for the 2019-2021 term were 2nd Vice President Les Neri, Secretary Jimmy Holderfield, Treasurer, Tom Penoza, and Sergeant-at-Arms Keith Turney.

Hosted by the Louisiana State Lodge, the conference represented 104 years of professional law enforcement experience for the largest and oldest law enforcement labor organization in the United States.

Newly elected FOP Vice President Joe Gamaldi and “a few” of his supporters at the FOP conference in New Orleans. Photo by Gary Hicks

The National Fraternal Order of Police holds a National Conference every two years to set the goals and agenda for the organization. The business of the order is conducted, seminars are offered, Constitution & By-Laws are reviewed and changed, the Executive Board is elected, National Trustees and Committee Chairs report their activities, and exhibitors from around the country showcase their products and services at the Expo that was part of the conference.

Law enforcement officials from all over the country attended, including police chiefs, administrators, sheriffs, training officers, fleet managers, federal officers, correction officers, and procurement staff.