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San Antonio Police Officers' Association
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Established in 1946

The San Antonio Police Officers Association has a singular focus to represent, preserve, and protect the benefits earned through dedicated service to our community.

The Association leadership are uniformed officers elected by the membership and entrusted with carrying forward the message of service and integrity to the City of San Antonio.

mike helle

Letter from SAPOA President

Mike Helle, SAPOA PresidentFor more than 10 years, I have been proud to serve you and work with our Executive Board to protect and promote a brotherhood among our members. To me, SAPOA is more than just a professional association, it’s a family, and like family, we all look out for each other. That’s why I’ve been so proud of everything we’ve been able to accomplish in the last few years. From negotiating a favorable contract with the city that protects officer’s rights and benefits, to working with our state legislature to ensure that they enact strong public safety laws, to supporting Blue Cares, SAPOA’s community outreach arm that helps children all across San Antonio, this has been a busy and productive year.

Now, as we move forward with our work, I want you to know that I’ll continue to keep an open line of communication with you, which is why we have invested resources into making sure that you are always kept abreast of issues and developments that pertain to your pay, benefits, and working conditions, and that the community at large and our city leaders remain aware of issues pertinent to public safety. SAPOA is at the forefront of police associations throughout Texas when it comes to utilizing technology and other means to communicate with the community and city leaders and to advocate on your behalf. You should be proud of this because it means that you and your family’s needs are never far from the minds of the public or the city officials who determine your pay, your benefits, and your safety on the job.

I also want to make clear to all members of this association and the entire community that the San Antonio Police Officers Association and its leadership team have always been, and always will be, transparent and accountable when it comes to our goals, our programs and initiatives, and our operations. As president, I have always said that our advocacy on behalf of our members will always be carried out with integrity and I’m proud to say that we have kept that pledge. With your support, SAPOA has made tremendous progress as an organization and as we enter a new year, things are only looking better.

Executive Board

The San Antonio Police Officers Association (SAPOA) is led by a dedicated and selfless team of officers who focus on taking care of the membership and their families. The Executive Board comes from within the ranks and each role has a purpose and area of expertise. This team is the voice of the Association and they serve the membership to the best of their abilities.

These dedicated and selfless members have contributed greatly to make our Association what it has grown to become. Throughout the years these members have guided this organization from a social group of officers to the State’s most modeled police labor organization. The entire time they have continued to work with community leaders, building mutual trust and respect.

The Executive Board members provides much needed support for the president. They provide the stability within our organization and advocate for the needs of the entire Association.

Dean Fischer

vpx@sapoa.org

Robert Grajeda

trs@sapoa.org

Michael Despres sec@sapoa.org.

Don Gatten

parl@sapoa.org

Arthur Lindley

sgtarms@sapoa.org

Past Presidents

We cannot overlook the leaders from our past that set the tone for our future. The past presidents of the San Antonio Police Officers Association laid the foundation for who we are today.

The presidents below gave of themselves to represent the needs of thousands of officers throughout the 60-year history of SAPOA.

We owe them a debt of gratitude and thanks for a job well done.

William M. Porter

1946-1947

Alfonso G. Peeler

1947-1948

Emil Peters

1948-1950

Arthur Bonnet

1950-1951

Louis Yates

1951-1952

William Lambkin

1952-1953

Arnold Bookout

1953-1954

Jack P. Westbrook

1954-1955

R.D. Allen

1955-1956

Jack Hutton

1957-1958

Jack O. Larned

1958-1960 | 1963-1964

Robert Hernandez

1960-1962

Wilton Shaw

1962-1963

Joe Neaves

1964-1965

Israel “Ike” Garza

1965-1966

Joe Mendoza

1965-1966

Abelardo “Abe” Flores

1968-1969

James Anderson

1969-1970

Tom Barnes

1970-1971

A.M. “Zeke” Zalesky

1971-1973

Gerald P. Clancy

1973-1979 | 1991-1996

Alfonso G. Peeler

1976-1977

William B. Wolfe

1980-1981

Robert E. Rudewick

1981-1985

Harold W. Flammia

1985-1988

Jimmy Wilborn

1989-1991

Carl King

1996-1998

Alex Perez

1998-1999

Ronnie Welch

2000-2002

Rene Rodriquez

2002-2004

Teddy Stewart

2004-2007

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