City police union vote is delayed

Election halted over complaint, ballot problems

September 28, 2004|By Ryan Davis | Ryan Davis,SUN STAFF

The election of officers for the city Fraternal Order of Police lodge have been postponed after several members did not receive ballots and several candidates filed a complaint with the group's state organization.

Results were scheduled to be announced last night. Instead, all ballots will be destroyed and the election process will start over again with new ballots being mailed. Winners will be announced Nov. 8, and the state Fraternal Order of Police lodge will help oversee the ballot counting.

The local lodge represents the city's 3,200 officers, as well as about 1,600 retirees.

The presidency and all board of directors seats are up for election. Winners receive a two-year term. The four candidates for president are incumbent Dan Fickus, Lt. Frederick V. Roussey, Sgt. Craig Gentile and Sgt. William "Doug" Price.

Fickus took over last year when former president Gary McLhinney accepted a job as chief of the Maryland Transportation Authority police. McLhinney was widely credited with making the union a political force.

Fickus has been filling out McLhinney's two-year term.

Roussey and others filed a letter of complaint this month with the state Fraternal Order of Police, alleging several problems, including the failure to distribute ballots to all members.

Sgt. Don Helms, a member of the board of directors for the state and local lodges, said yesterday that ballots were not mailed to about 40 members because of a data entry error.

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