AOCDS

Today, after more than two years of intense scrutiny and false blame, now retired Orange County D.A. investigator Dillon Alley was vindicated in an incident, where he was attacked by a criminal defense attorney in a courthouse hallway on March 9, 2016. A jury awarded Alley $250,000 in punitive damages.

By now, you should have received your OCERS Board of Retirement Safety Member election ballot in the mail. AOCDS 1st Vice President Roger Hilton is the incumbent and is being challenged by an OC firefighter, so it is crucial that you vote for Roger Hilton and return your postage-paid ballot as soon as you receive it.

Sheriff Sandra Hutchens will not issue another extension of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) detailing the dual-agency approach to search and rescue missions in remote areas with the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA).

As we wrap up 2017 and look forward to 2018, the AOCDS Board of Directors wants to say thank you for all your hard work and dedication. You put your lives on the line every day for the communities you serve and it’s important for us to let you know that you are appreciated.  Being away from your families on Christmas is never easy, so we’d like to make it a little easier on you.

I am pleased to announce that Francisco Ochoa has been appointed by the AOCDS Board of Directors as the newest board member from our recently added bargaining units consisting of probation officers, Sheriff-Coroner investigators, public assistance investigators and park rangers.

In the recent Marin and CalFire cases, the appellate court held that there is a vested right only to a “reasonable” pension and that no new comparable benefit must be granted in order for the legislature to reduce benefit calculations. Not only do these rulings undo the “California Rule” that protects our pensions, but they are also vague and leave pensions too easily reduced. Both the Marin and CalFire cases have been appealed and accepted by the California Supreme Court to be ruled on at a later date.

You are invited to A Celebration of Life service in remembrance of Deputy Ronald Howard Dunlap. Deputy Dunlap passed away peacefully earlier this month after a five-month battle with an extremely vicious form of bile duct cancer. Please join his wife, Ellen, and adult daughter, Erin, as the family celebrates Ron’s 65 years of joy, honor and strength.

A wake for Sergeant Ronald Pfeifer (Ret.) has been scheduled for Monday, October 23rd at the Pfeiffer family home in Needles, California. Ron retired from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in 2001 after 25 years of service. He completed his OCSD career as a sergeant in the city of Stanton. Ron passed away unexpectedly on August 31st at the age of 69.

It is with deep and profound sadness that I inform you that recently retired Sergeant Steve Torres, 54, a beloved member of AOCDS and OCSD, passed away unexpectedly yesterday afternoon. Steve and his wife, Jeanette, are close personal friends of mine and my family. Steve retired a little over a year ago after nearly 31 years of service with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

The AOCDS Board and Political Action Committee (PAC) met after the live broadcast of the AOCDS Sheriff’s Candidate Forum. Both candidates, Undersheriff Don Barnes and Aliso Viejo Mayor Dave Harrington, were interviewed by a panel of four and invited to share additional comments from a questionnaire they submitted.