Plan To Join Us For Your
85th Annual Meeting!
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
at the Cub Club Restaurant, Principal Park
Social gathering begins at 4:00 p.m.
with appetizers and spirits,
followed by a brief Business Meeting at 4:30 p.m.
(and then a prize drawing!)
Notice Of Voting Procedures:
As a Democratically-controlled Financial Cooperative that is owned and operated by the member-owners who use our financial services, all member-owners age 16 and older with an account in good standing are authorized to elect those member-owners who will represent the entire membership on DMPO Credit Union’s volunteer board of directors. One vote per social security number will be allowed.
Members may vote in one of three ways:
- Members wishing to vote by mail may call the credit union at 515-243-2677 to request a paper ballot. Returned ballots must be postmarked no later than March 17, 2016.
- Members wishing to vote electronically may simply sign-in to “It’sMe247” Online Banking by March 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. and click the “Place Your Vote” button in the left column.
- Members may attend the Annual Meeting on March 22, 2016 and vote in-person prior to the business meeting, which begins at 4:30 p.m.
Your 2016 Board Candidates:
Four positions are open for this year’s election. This year’s candidates include: William Arce (incumbent), Dale Bruce (incumbent), Todd Misel, Dean Rodrigez, David Smith (incumbent) and Benjamin Warren (incumbent). All candidate biographies are listed below. Nominations are closed and no nominations will be accepted from the floor.
William Arce, Incumbent
William Arce has worked for the USDA GIPSA PSP for 20 years, currently serving as Resident Agent/Business Practice Unit Supervisor.
- Organizational Participation: DMPOCU Board Member (current); USDA Credit Union Board member Since 2010; Served on the USDA Credit Union Audit Committee and Credit Committee; American Society of Testing Materials F10.90 Membership Secretary (current); Member of the National Type Evaluation Committee Software Sector (2010-2011); Commissioner Ames Humans Relations Commission (2001-2008); National Conference Weights and Measures Member (current); Member of the Iowa USDA Joint Civil Rights Committee (2000-2007); Member Iowa Federal Executive Council Diversity Committee (2002-2007); USDA Hispanic Emphasis Program Manager (2001-2005)
- Please state any qualifications you possess that will be of benefit to the board of directors in administering the affairs of this credit union: I have a Masters in Agricultural Business from Kansas State University with emphasis in Finances. Since 2008 I have worked for USDA as a regulatory investigator and now Supervisor of a Unit that ensures compliance of trade practices issues concerning market agencies, livestock and poultry dealers, packers, and swine contractors. Area of responsibility includes issues dealing with tariffs, weight, and price fraud, and full and accurate accounting for live and carcass merit purchases of livestock. Reviews annual reports of subject entities as required for indications of unusual entries that might signal trade practices concerns. Initiates actions necessary to obtain informal compliance Monitors livestock, meat, and poultry industries to detect changes or disruptions in the competitive, financial, and trade practices of those industries. In my professional career I have attended several training in areas that could be useful to the board such as White Collar Crime Training Program at the Federal law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA 2. Business Trade Practices Training Program, 3. Professional Investigative Interviewing Skills Program, 4. Attended four different Leadership Programs and/or Academy, and 5. I have worked with the FBI, DOJ, CFTC and other Federal Agencies in fraud cases and mergers. I am currently working on my Certification as Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) thru the American Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
- Please explain why you would like to be a Des Moines Police Officers’ Credit Union board member: I served on the Board of the USDA Credit Union because I care about my fellow credit union members and feel I can provide the board with valuable knowledge and for the same reasons I will like to serve on the this board. After the merger our identity was a lost a in some fashion and I think is important for me, as a USDA employee, to keep representing the interest of our group who now belong to the much larger institution. I have any of the elements needed on this or any board or director, I am skeptical, curious, an analytical thinker, have a solid business, financial, and accounting background.
Dale Bruce, Incumbent
Dale Bruce has worked for the USDA-OCIO for 32 years, currently serving as a Supervisory IT Specialist.
- Organizational Participation: West Des Moines Community Band and is a current DMPO Credit Union Board Member.
- Please state any qualifications you possess that will be of benefit to the board of directors in administering the affairs of this credit union: As an IT professional I can provide input on security.
- Please explain why you would like to be a Des Moines Police Officers’ Credit Union board member: As former president of the USDA Credit Union and current member of the DMPOCU Board, I plan continue to provide input on seamlessly completing the merger with the USDA Credit Union. I have been a credit union member for 30 years and have been on the board of directors for 20 years. That experience will be valuable in helping DMPOCU continue to position itself as leading credit union.
Todd Misel has worked for the State of Iowa for 32 years, currently serving as Major, CALEA Bureau Chief of the Dept. of Public Safety.
- Organizational Participation: Parrish Pastoral Council OLIH Ankeny (Vice-Chair) 2nd term, year 4.5 years; Knights of Columbus OLIH Ankeny; FBI National Academy, Iowa and National Chapter, dues paying; IACP Member, dues paying member.
- Please state any qualifications you possess that will be of benefit to the board of directors in administering the affairs of this credit union: My work history with the State Patrol and Dept of Public Safety has exposed me to many internal administrative processes and helped me mature/ learn a good skill set or Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. My experience is a favorable attribute to have but, ultimately my ability to work well with others in a team environment is one of my strongest skills. I do not care who gets the credit for our success as long as we win.
- Please explain why you would like to be a Des Moines Police Officers’ Credit Union board member: I would view the success of the Credit Union as something we should all be able to celebrate when we succeed. I would enjoy seeing the happiness in the eyes of those we serve and make sure we maintain a sense of fiscal and ethical accountability. The ability to work and grow with other members on the Board would be a very noble task and allow us to serve our fellow Public Safety family members in a positive way.
Dean Rodriguez has worked for the City of Des Moines for 25 years, currently serving as Captain of one of the Des Moines Fire Departments.
- Organizational Participation: International Association of Firefighters, Des Moines Assoc. of Professional Firefighters Executive Board and current Vice President; Eagles Lodge
- Please state any qualifications you possess that will be of benefit to the board of directors in administering the affairs of this credit union: Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and currently enrolled in the Certified Public Manager’s Program at Drake University.
- Please explain why you would like to be a Des Moines Police Officers’ Credit Union board member: The employees of the DMPOCU seem to have high turnover. As a member, this is disturbing to see. The employee is the most beneficial resource of the credit union. We need to be doing more to keep these employees with our credit union. This full service credit union provides great services and needs to be marketed as such. If the assets allow, this credit union needs to expand.
David Smith Jr., Incumbent
David Smith has worked for the City of Des Moines for 18 years, currently serving as a Detective.
- Organizational Participation: I’m currently a member of the Des Moines Police Bargaining Unit and the Des Moines Police Burial Association, as well as a board member for DMPOCU.
- Please state any qualifications you possess that will be of benefit to the board of directors in administering the affairs of this credit union: I’m currently a 9 year incumbent to the DMPOCU Board of Directors. During my tenure, I have served on the Audit Committee, Marketing Committee and Executive Committee as Vice-Chair. I have had the opportunity to serve in many capacities; including marketing site visits, strategic planning, committee and monthly board meetings. During my years of service, I have encouraged growth. This strategy has been done with the emphasis on our members and ensures our future existence in our competitive market.
- Please explain why you would like to be a Des Moines Police Officers’ Credit Union board member: Simply, I believe in the DMPOCU’s mission. As a board member and shareholder, I feel our organization should continuously strive to provide our members with exceptional rates, friendly service and competitive financial products with efficiency. I’m proud of DMPOCU and the members I have served.
Benjamin Warren, Incumbent
Benjamin Warren has worked for the City of Des Moines for 3 years, currently serving as Police Budget Specialist.
- Organizational Participation: Board Member of Des Moines Police Officers’ Credit Union – Secretary last year
- Please state any qualifications you possess that will be of benefit to the board of directors in administering the affairs of this credit union: I feel that my experience from working at the credit union, knowledge of accounting, and currently being on the board of directors brings a very unique skill set to the board. Being a former employee, I know what it was like working day in and day out, and what our members expect when it comes to great member service. My knowledge of accounting helps when it comes to looking over the financial condition of the credit union and when we review and approve the budget. Then, as a current board member I know what is going on at the credit union and around the industry as a whole.
- Please explain why you would like to be a Des Moines Police Officers’ Credit Union board member: I would like to continue being a board member as I feel I have a unique perspective that is not represented on the board. I feel that my youth with my employment history and education can continue to add value to the credit union. I believe that I always look out for the member, and I truly care about where Des Moines Police Officers’ Credit Union is going in the future.