Jennifer Dernoncourt has been employed with the California Department of Justice since 2000 where she started in the Riverside laboratory as a student assistant. Her current assignment is a senior criminalist, assigned to the biology, alcohol and crime scene departments of the laboratory. She is a member of the California Association of Criminalists.
Ms. Dernoncourt lives in the Riverside area with her two children. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and gardening.
CSLEA Legal Counsel Stacy Olsen graduated cum laude from Western State College of Law with her juris doctorate in 2006. Previously she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology, Law and Society from University of California, Irvine. While in law school she received numerous awards, including top of her class in Criminal Justice Ethics, Theories of Crime and Punishment, Contract Law and Bankruptcy. She also received the 2006 Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence. Ms. Olsen has been in private practice for 10 years with a primary focus on estate litigation, civil disputes, and settlement negotiation. She has participated in numerous mediations, has negotiated many favorable settlement agreements for her clients and has a markedly high success rate in matters which went to trial. She is active in the legal community and volunteers her time supporting veterans and other charitable organizations.
New Pay Warrant Deduction: California Employment Retirement Benefit Trust Fund
CSLEA has received a number of inquiries from members about a new deduction “CERBT” found on their pay warrants. This deduction is not part of CSLEA dues and is not furnished to CSLEA. During the last round of bargaining, the State required all bargaining units to agree to prefunding of post-retirement health benefits. Due to increased medical insurance costs over the last two decades, the State had a significant unfunded liability of providing health and dental benefits for state retirees.
As a result, the State and every bargaining unit (including managers/supervisors) agreed to prefund retiree healthcare with the goal of reaching a 50 percent cost sharing for both employer and employees by July 1, 2019. The cost varied by bargaining unit. For Unit 7, the amount of employee and matching state contributions required to prefund retiree healthcare shall increase by the following percentages of pensionable compensation:
July 1, 2017: by 1.3 percent
July 1, 2018: by 1.4 percent, for a total of 2.7 percent.
July 1, 2019: by 1.3 percent, for a total of 4.0 percent.
It is important to note that our current contract is set to expire on July 1, 2019. Therefore, by the time the third and last CERBT increase occurs, CSLEA will already be at the bargaining table working towards additional salary increases for its members.
For more information on the deduction, you can refer to Article 21.1 of the Contract. Please contact CSLEA if you have any questions.
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Killed in the Line of Duty CSLEA Stands with the SCSD & SACDSA
By Alan Barcelona, CSLEA President
This morning the sun rose just as it did yesterday. But today law enforcement officers with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol, viewed it differently…serenely, sadly, and with deep sympathy.
Yesterday their brother, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert French, did just as they did this morning. He put on his uniform, his badge and his duty belt and he braved the day to serve his community. During the course of his day, a killer with a long rifle snuffed out Deputy French’s life, in a fraction of a second. That quickly, an honest soul who stood for good and fought evil, was taken from us. Two California Highway Patrol officers were also shot, and we give great thanks that they will recover.
The California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA), and its Board of Directors, stands with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and the Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff’s Association as they mourn the loss of their brother. We ask that you keep them in your thoughts, as well as Deputy French’s family and friends. We ask that you keep the injured CHP officers in your thoughts, as well.
Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every single day. They have earned our respect and are deserving of our support. Rest in peace Deputy French, your brethren will continue to do as you did, to serve and protect!
CSLEA & CHP-PSDA Meet New Dispatchers in Riverside
RIVERSIDE – The California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) and its affiliate, CHP Public Safety Dispatchers Association (CHP-PSDA) welcomes 10 new members who are CHP dispatchers in training at the Ben Clark Training Center in Riverside.
CSLEA Member Services Representative Shelley Bishop and CHP-PSDA Secretary/Treasurer Steve Fulton met with the dispatchers on August 29, 2017. The dispatchers are from throughout California, but training in Riverside.
“We welcome our newest members to CSLEA and to their careers within the California Highway Patrol,” said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona. “I’m grateful that Shelley and Steve were able to meet with them and share our benefits and services. We are here for them.”
CSLEA Member Storm Huie Brings Home the Bronze Medal 2017 World Police and Fire Games
LOS ANGELES – Congratulations to California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) and California Association of Criminal Investigators (CACI) Member Storm Huie on his Bronze medal win in the 100 meter dash (30-34 age group) at the 2017 World Police and Fire Games held in Los Angeles in this month.
Huie, a California Lottery investigator, is no stranger to Police and Fire Games. He has competed in the Western States, United States and World Police and Fire Games since 2009.
“I competed in track and field for four years (400m and 200m) when I attended college UC Irvine,” said Huie. “I used to compete competitively in CrossFit, but now focus mostly on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for fitness. I enjoy physical fitness as a hobby and appreciate the opportunity to compete at the police and fire games every year. I am very lucky my wife allows me to train for my competitions. I would not be a success without her support.”
Huie’s time in the 100-meter dash was 11.41, earning him third place and a Bronze medal. He also competed in the 200-meter with a time of 22.97, coming in fourth.
“We are firm believers in physical fitness here at CSLEA and are supportive of our members who take care of their health and those who take it to a higher level by competing,” said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona. “Congratulations to Storm Huie and to all our members who participated in this year’s World Police and Fire Games.”