In October 2007, just prior to unseating an 11-year incumbent as president of the Captains Endowment Association, Roy Richter, then the commander of the NYPD’s Licensing Division, pledged his future to the department and, implicitly, to the union.
“I'm 110 percent committed to the Police Department,” he said then. “I'll be here for another 20 years."
Give or take.
Captain Richter, a 31-year department veteran, is leaving his post and is retiring from the NYPD for a career in law following three terms as head of the union.
Capt. Christopher Monahan, who was unopposed in October’s union election, succeeds Mr. Richter.
“Twelve years ago we overcame incredible odds to unseat an 11-year incumbent,” Mr. Richter said in a statement, referring to then-CEA President John Driscoll.
His election was considered something of an upset, given that the union’s membership had a few months earlier overwhelmingly approved a wage contract negotiated by Mr. Driscoll and his team. The rank and file, though, had been working under terms of an agreement that had expired four years earlier.
“We succeeded with the help of a team from many diverse backgrounds,” Mr. Richter, 52, said. “We took office in a time of global financial disaster and the future of our members’ benefits was uncertain. We succeeded in restoring stability and improving our benefits with the help of many.”
The CEA, which has roughly 780 members, was one of eight uniformed unions that in December agreed to terms on a 36-month contract providing 7.95 percent in compounded raises to its members. In unit talks involving the individual unions in the coalition, Mr. Richter on his last day in office succeeded in negotiating an additional 2.25-percent raise similar to that won by the Police Benevolent Association under its last contract deal three years ago while making relatively minor concessions to fund it.
Captain Monahan, a 29-year NYPD veteran, has served in the department’s Organized Crime Control Bureau and the Detective Bureau. He has been part of Mr. Richter's slate going back to the 2007 election.
“These are challenging times for law enforcement in this country,” he said in a statement. “I will work hard to make sure that my members have the tools they need to do the job they do best, keeping this city safe.”
Capt. Johnny Ramirez, currently assigned to the department’s Personnel Bureau Candidate Assessment Division, is the union’s incoming first vice-president.
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