FOP/OLC Grievance Form
FOP/OLC Greivance Form (Fillable Form)
FOP of Ohio First District: Consists of local lodges within the counties of Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Medina, Portage, Summit, and Trumbull.
FOP of Ohio Second District: Consists of local lodges within the counties of Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Mahoning, Monroe, Noble, Stark, Tuscarawas, and Wayne.
FOP of Ohio Third District: Consists of local lodges within the counties of Ashland, Crawford, Delaware, Erie, Huron, Knox, Lorain, Marion, Morrow, Ottawa, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Union, and Wyandot.
FOP of Ohio Fourth District: Consists of local lodges within the counties of Athens, Fairfield, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Licking, Meigs, Morgan, Muskingum, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington.
FOP of Ohio Fifth District: Consists of local lodges within the counties of Adams, Brown, Butler, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Fayette, Greene, Highland, Madison, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Warren, and that part of Hamilton County which lies outside the corporate limits of the City of Cincinnati
FOP of Ohio Sixth District: Consists of local lodges within the counties of Allen, Auglaize, Champaign, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Harding, Henry, Logan, Lucas, Mercer, Paulding, Putnam, Shelby, Van Wert, Williams, and Wood.
FOP of Ohio Seventh District: Consists of local lodges within the City of Cleveland.
FOP of Ohio Eighth District: Consists of the local lodges within Cuyahoga County outside the corporation limits of the City of Cleveland.
FOP of Ohio Ninth District: Consists of the local lodges within the City of Cincinnati, the Park Police of Cincinnati and may consist of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Dept.
FOP of Ohio Tenth District: Consists of the local lodges composed of full-time enforcement officers employed by the State of Ohio in the Department of Public Safety, Department of Mental Health, Department of Mental Retardation, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Liquor Control, all other departments, agencies, and offices of the State of Ohio under the direct control of a state-wide elected office holder or paid by warrant issued by the Auditor of the State of Ohio, the Ohio Veteran’s Home and the Attorney General’s Office.
FOP of Ohio Eleventh District: Consists of the local lodges within Franklin County.
The Executive Committee shall consist of seven (7) members. Three (3) members of the Executive Committee shall be appointed by the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio Inc. One (1) member by the President, one (1) by the Vice-president and the final shall be the Chairman of the FOP of Ohio, Inc. Labor Committee. Four (4) members of the Executive Committee shall be elected by the delegates at the annual meeting. The four members of the FOP, Ohio Labor Council, Inc. One (1) of the four (4) elected members must be from a County Sheriff's Dept., one (1) from a Municipal police dept., one (1) from a law enforcement agency of the State of Ohio and the final can be from the membership at large.
State Unit 46 - Attorney General
FOP/OLC Admin Staff
Ms. Callender was appointed as Executive Director for the Fraternal Order of Police, Ohio Labor Council, Inc. on January 1, 2020. Ms. Callender was hired at the OLC in 1991 as General Counsel and was promoted to Chief Counsel in 2017. Over her 29 years as an attorney for the OLC Ms. Callender negotiated collective bargaining agreements and represented hundreds of OLC members in arbitrations, fact-findings, conciliations and disciplinary matters. Ms. Callender has represented the OLC and its members before the State Employment Relations Board as well as the Ohio Personnel Board of Review and various local Civil Service Commissions. Ms. Callender is a frequent speaker on public sector labor matters and has taught classes on Officers Rights, Social Media, Body Cameras, Grievances, Fact-findings and Medical Disability all over the State of Ohio. In addition she has represented the OLC in various Courts of Appeal and in the Supreme Court of Ohio. She is former member and past President of the Dublin City School Board where she was elected to two four-year terms. Ms Callender received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Ms. Callender is originally from Shaker Heights, Ohio and has lived in Columbus, Ohio since 1988.
Aaron Crawford is currently the Deputy Director of the FOP Ohio Labor Council, but also manages the property location of the FOP of Ohio and the FOP Ohio Labor Council and heads up all IT Services for both organizations. Handling multiple responsibilities is not new, Aaron started with the FOP of Ohio in 1993, as a clerk responsible for copy, mail, and assorted clerical tasks. As the FOP and FOP/OLC decided to expand their computer network and add internet access and email, Aaron became involved in the technical aspects of those tasks and other communications systems. When the FOP needed a new property manager, his engineering background and mechanical ability were tasked to fill the role. Over the years, he moved from the internal clerical unit to the administrative staff, becoming an assistant to both the FOP Office Administrator and the FOP/OLC Deputy Director. In 2005, when the FOP/OLC reorganized its administrative staff, Aaron became the Deputy Director along with retaining many of his current roles. As he moves beyond the twenty-ninth year, he continues to enjoy the diversity in his roles at the office and always strives to provide the best service to the members of the FOP, Ohio Labor Council, and the FOP of Ohio.
Kay Cremeans graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in 1984. She graduated from Capital University Law School in 1988 and was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio the same year. She is admitted to practice law in the United States District Court for both the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio.
Kay has been employed with the FOP/OLC since 1988 when she was hired as General Counsel. In January of 2020, Kay was appointed as the Chief Counsel for the FOP/OLC. In her role as Chief Counsel, Kay manages the FOP/OLC legal staff in addition to continuing to represent several bargaining units of FOP/OLC members around the State of Ohio. As an attorney for the FOP/OLC for well over thirty years, Kay has represented law enforcement officers and safety support personnel in all aspects of public sector labor law including investigatory interviews, pre-disciplinary hearings, mediations, grievance hearings and negotiating collective bargaining agreements. Kay has represented hundreds of FOP/OLC members in single and multi-day arbitration hearings. Kay has extensive experience representing the FOP/OLC all over the state in the various Courts of Appeal defending arbitration awards. In addition, Kay has extensive experience in administrative practice before the Ohio State Employment Relations Board and the Ohio Personnel Board of Review. Over the past 3 decades Kay has represented the FOP/OLC at SERB in complex statutory Representation and Unfair Labor Practice hearings. Kay also travels around the State of Ohio lecturing on the U.S. Supreme Court cases that govern the rights of law enforcement officers in Ohio.
Dan is a retired ATF Special Agent who specialized in undercover operations where he infiltrated armed narcotics traffickers, outlaw motorcycle gangs, organizations advocating the overthrow of the United States, hate groups, street gangs, and various other criminal organizations. He has conducted murder for hire investigations while in an undercover capacity, and has been involved in long term infiltrations for up to two years at a time while living in an undercover identity. Dan has been a guest instructor on numerous occasions at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA, and has participated in the development of undercover curriculum for Federal Law Enforcement, State/Local Law Enforcement, and for foreign law enforcement entities allied with the United States. He has also been an active participant in numerous gang related homicide investigations, and has participated in the planning and execution of numerous tactical operations to include search warrants, arrest warrants, and buy/busts. Dan has testified as an expert witness in both Federal and State Courts. He has received various awards, to include Distinguished Service Medals, Medal of Excellence, a Hostile Action Award, the International Narcotics Officer Association Medal of Valor, International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association Award, and was nominated for the nations “Top Cop” award.
Since retiring from ATF, Dan most recently served as the Director of Advanced Training at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in London, Ohio.
Dan is a proud FOP Lodge member and former member of State Bargaining Unit 46 with the Attorney General’s Office. Dan graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Baldwin-Wallace College, in Berea, Ohio. He currently resides in Central Ohio.
Mark Scranton never intended to be involved in law enforcement; he originally studied Vocal Music Educational and Performance at Kent State University with aspirations of singing professionally. After developing vocal cord nodules, Mark decided a new career would be necessary. Soon thereafter, Mark started at Owens Community College enrolling in the Law Enforcement Technology/Police Academy program. After graduating with an Associate Degree and becoming OPOTA certified, Mark worked part time for the North Baltimore Police Department for a short period before accepting a full-time position with the Clermont County Sheriff's Office. Mark worked as a road deputy, township contract deputy, traffic deputy, and Corporal while at the Sheriff’s Office. Mark also served on the negotiation committee for a number of years. Medical issues forced Mark to leave his position as a deputy. Because he wanted to stay involved with law enforcement, Mark enrolled at Northern Kentucky University majoring in Industrial Labor Relations, graduating with a bachelor’s degree, always with the goal of working for the FOP, Ohio Labor Council. Mark was hired part-time in March of 2006, transitioning to full-time in September of 2007. In 2021, Mark was promoted to the position of Field Staff Coordinator. Mark has been a member of FOP Ohio Valley Lodge #112 since January 1992.
Denise oversees the daily operations of the State Lodge, which also provides services to the FOP Ohio Labor Council. Her duties include but not limited to: Assisting FOP State Board Members and the Executive Director of the FOP/OLC, supervising staff, preparing for board meetings and conferences, working with the FOPA State Lodge and their clerical/membership needs, processing per capita, communications with members of the FOP, FOP/OLC and FOPA. She also coordinates FOP and FOP/OLC accidental death benefits.
Denise was born and raised in Massillon, Ohio. She graduated from Perry High School. She currently resides in Delaware with her dog Gracie.
FOP/OLC Legal Staff
Douglas Behringer is an attorney for the FOP/OLC, working out of the Columbus office. He was born and raised in northwestern Ohio. Doug started his military career early when he joined the Army Reserve as a junior in high school. He received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University before going on active duty in the Army.
After a stint in the Army, he returned to college and obtained his law degree (J.D.) from The Ohio State University, with honors. He was in private practice in central Ohio for six years before joining the FOP/OLC in 2002.
Doug has over twenty-three years experience in litigation, administrative, labor and employment matters. He has represented members of the FOP, OLC in disciplinary matters, investigations, litigation grievances, arbitrations, contract negotiations, mediation, civil service appeals and unfair labor practice matters.
Jessica is an attorney for the FOP/OLC working out of the Columbus office. She was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and attended the University of Kentucky where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a Minor in Political Science. Jessica then returned to Columbus to attend Capital University Law School where she graduated Cum Laude in 2021. While in law school, Jessica was a member of the Ohio Attorney General’s Mock Trial Team. Prior to joining the FOP/OLC, Jessica was an associate attorney at Mark C. Collins Co., L.P.A., a prominent criminal defense firm well known for representing Columbus Police Officers on criminal matters.
Rob joins the legal staff of the FOP/OLC with significant experience both as an attorney and a retired law enforcement officer. Rob earned his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Kaplan College in Florida. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Northern Kentucky, Chase College of Law in 2014 and was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio in 2015. While earning his law degree Rob worked as a law enforcement officer at Springfield Township Police Department in SW Ohio for 18 years holding the positions of Patrol Officer, Vice Detective, Investigator, Crime Scene Technician, Fingerprint Analyst, and Sergeant. Rob was also a labor Union Representative. Prior to Springfield Twp., Rob worked at a few other departments until obtaining full-time employment. After 20+ years as a police officer Rob suffered an on the job injury and was forced to take a disability retirement. Since retiring from law enforcement Rob started his own law practice representing clients in criminal matters, probate, family law, Police Department Consulting, contracted investigations and contract law. Rob stayed involved with the law enforcement community with consulting and assistance from Police Administration to Criminal Investigations. The opportunity to represent the men and women within law enforcement presented itself and Rob couldn’t think of anything else he’d rather do. This made him the perfect fit for joining the FOP/OLC and winding down his private law practice. Rob will be representing various bargaining units in the Southwest part of the state.
Michael W. Piotrowski, Esq. is a labor lawyer who has been representing unions since he was in law school. Mike earned his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and attended law school at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland. After graduating from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, he worked in the international headquarters of the United Transportation Union. He has been representing police officers and public safety personnel since 1996 and has been General Counsel with the FOP/Ohio Labor Council since 1999. Mike has 30 years of union-side labor law experience under the Railway Labor Act, the National Labor Relations Act, and the Ohio Public Employee Collective Bargaining Act. He is admitted in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and has argued cases in numerous Ohio Courts. He resides in Brecksville, Ohio, and has a son at Kent State and a daughter who is attending Brecksville Broadview Heights High School.
Megan is a graduate of the University of Toledo with a double major in Law and Social Thought and Women’s and Gender Studies. Megan went on to the University of Toledo College of Law where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in the top 10% of her class. She was also the Technical Editor of the Toledo Law Review and published an article in the law review on Why Title IX Matters: The Key to Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Medicine. While in law school Megan was active in the Labor and Employment Law Association as well as the Toledo Women’s Bar Association. Prior to joining the FOP/OLC Megan worked for a law firm in Toledo as an Associate Attorney. Megan is admitted to practice law in Ohio as well as Michigan. She resides in the Toledo area with her husband.
Meagan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration summa cum laude from The Ohio State University in 2008. Meagan received her law degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2012 where she was the Issue Editor of the Information Society Journal. After law school Meagan gained valuable legal experience working at law firms as well as holding a position of Administrative Hearing Officer for the Unemployment Review Commission in Columbus. Meagan is admitted to practice law in Ohio and is admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Meagan is working out of the Columbus Office of the FOP/OLC. She resides in central Ohio with her husband and two daughters.
Keith graduated from Ironton High School and enlisted in the U. S. Army as an Intelligence Analyst. After his service obligation, Keith attended Ohio University and later joined the Chillicothe Police Department, where he worked 25 years. Keith rose through the ranks at CPD from Officer to Sergeant to Captain and finally to Chief of Police. Keith was the Chief for the last six years of his Chillicothe career.
During his police career, Keith served as a bargaining unit member, and later as the bargaining unit chairman. Keith has negotiated collective bargaining agreements for both the union and management. While serving as Chief of Police, Keith earned his Juris Doctor from Capital University. Upon retiring, Keith took a position as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Jackson County Prosecutor. Keith is licensed in Ohio and the Federal Courts in the Southern District of Ohio.
Reneé has been employed with the FOP/OLC since 1988 when she was hired as a Paralegal. Reneé has spent nearly thirty-five years assisting the legal staff in all aspects of public sector collective bargaining. Over that time frame, Reneé has assisted the legal staff in preparing for contract negotiations, processing grievances, and attending arbitration hearings. Reneé has drafted legal pleadings at every level of state courts in Ohio as well as at the State Employment Relations Board. Reneé currently manages the grievances that get filed by OLC members through the OLC Griev Trac database. In addition to making sure that all grievances that are filed are processed following the steps contained in the collective bargaining agreements, Reneé also oversees all matters related to the Notices to Negotiate, the certification of new bargaining units, and any amendments to the descriptions of current bargaining units. Reneé is well-versed in researching issues that are related to public sector collective bargaining and has extensive experience in navigating through BNA published Labor Arbitration decisions.
Before being hired at the FOP/OLC Reneé worked in the private sector. She worked in loan services for a local bank and worked as a manager for a local restaurant chain. Reneé resides in central Ohio with her husband and her beloved Shelties. Outside of work, Reneé is very active in Sheltie rescue programs throughout Ohio.
Carol is a paralegal in the FOP, Ohio Labor Council’s Columbus Office. Originally from Mansfield, she moved to central Ohio to take a position as a dispatcher with the Reynoldsburg Police Department. From there, she went to a law firm and acted as paralegal for a busy bankruptcy law firm. Carol is also a notary, a graphic designer, and prides herself on being detail oriented.
In her spare time, Carol worked in the food service industry which allowed her to make food drops to nearby first responder stations making her and the responders very happy.
FOP/OLC Field Staff
Chuck Aliff has been a Staff Representative for the FOP/Ohio Labor Council since 2015. He served more than thirty years in the military and law enforcement. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and the Ohio Air National Guard. He retired as a Command Chief Master Sergeant. He retired as a Sergeant from the Cleveland State University Police Department. While employed at Cleveland State, he served as the FOP/OLC Associate for more than 12 years. Chuck has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics.
Eric graduated from East Canton High School in 1988. He joined the United States Marine Corps and served his time in an infantry unit. After his enlistment in the Marine Corps, he was hired at the Stark County Sheriff’s Office as a Correction Officer. He later switched to the classification of Deputy Sheriff. He retired from the Stark County Sheriff’s Office as a Sergeant in July of 2021. He started his employment with FOP/OLC in August of 2021. He instructed at Stark State College, Buckeye Career Center and Zane College for police academies in the topic of subject control. During his time at the Sheriff's Office, he was the FOP/OLC associate for the Corrections Unit and Sergeants Unit for over 20 years.
Lucy DiNardo started her career in public safety as a 911 Dispatcher and Assistant Tac Officer with the City of Independence in 1994. While working for the police department, Lucy became the Union Associate and remained in that position for over eight years. After her ninth year with the PD she accepted a position with the FOP/OLC as a Staff Representative. She has extensive knowledge in LEADS, BCI and NCIC policy and procedures. In her years with the FOP/OLC she has represented members in contract negotiations and covered many Officer involved shootings and numerous discipline cases and has extensive experience in the defense and contract negotiation process. She’s earned the nickname “Pitbull” from numerous members and strives to maintain it.
Tom graduated from Oak Hills High School in 1970. He went to work for his father in the family wholesale flower business until 1975 when his father sold the business. Tom stayed on with the new owners until 1980 when he was hired by the City of Cincinnati as a Corrections Officer. Tom had always wanted a career in law enforcement. While with the city, Tom was assigned to the “Work House”, the city jail that was built in the 1860s to house Civil War prisoners. In 1981 Hamilton County took over the operations of the jail. Tom stayed on at the “Work House” until he was promoted to the position of road deputy in 1985. He was promoted to Corporal in 1989. That same year he became Chair of the law enforcement bargaining committee. He held that position until his retirement in 1998. Shortly after retirement, Tom was hired to work for the FOP/OLC by then Executive Director Larry Hudson. Tom still to this day enjoys working tirelessly for the membership as he has done from day one.
David has over fourteen years of experience in law enforcement, having worked at both the Stark County Sheriff’s Office and the Richland County Sheriff’s Office. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. While working with the Richland County Sheriff, David served for many years as the FOP/OLC Local Associate. Before starting with the FOP Ohio Labor Council, he was with the Law Firm of Spaulding and Kitzler as Director of Investigations.
Otto Holm, Jr. is currently with the FOP/OLC as a Staff Representative since 1995. His labor relations and negotiating experience spans more than 15 years in private sector manufacturing and since 1992, he negotiates on behalf of the members of the FOP/OLC. In 1979, he was the youngest recipient of the prestigious Certified Purchasing Manager, a testimonial to his expertise in negotiation and administration. He introduced “just-in-time” (JIT) inventory strategies at several companies and was responsible for the start-up of two materials departments.
Today, his expertise includes contract administration, labor law, negotiation, and arbitration matter in over 1000 cases. He has served on the Arbitration Association Advisory Board as Vice-President and as the Policy and Ethics Chairman from 1997-2004 and ghost-author of “Did You Know….” for the FOP Journal. He negotiated percentage increases during economic recession, saved multiple discipline cases their employment and is considered an expert in financial “what-if” scenario planning. Holm recently developed and implemented a joint labor and management healthcare committee in cooperation with many municipalities, saving significant costs for both employee and the employer.
Mr. Holm earned his undergraduate degree (BSBA) from Ashland University with a double major in marketing and Psychology. After working as a purchasing professional for 10 years he decided to transfer his negotiating skills to a new field as a labor advocate for the “FOP”. He received his Master’s of Labor relations and Human Resources with emphasis in Labor Law from Cleveland State University in 1992 and is a guest lecturer in the College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Mr. Holm holds his commission as a Captain as a Merchant Marine for over 16 years. Mr. Holm is active on nonprofit boards, serves as church deacon, past council Vice President, Endowment committee co-char, and as a member of Blue Coats as well as a member of the American Legion Post 136 St. James City Florida. Mr. Holm resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife, Dr. Maudie Holm PHD.
Rick Paquette was raised in Boston , Massachusetts. He graduated from Boston Technical High School in 1981. Rick served active duty with the United States Marine Corps from 1981 until 1990. He and his wife, Kelly, have three adult children. Rick was a Deputy Sheriff from 1990 until 2012 when he retired from active Law Enforcement service. He first became involved with the FOP/OLC in 1994 while working as a Deputy Sheriff. Rick has been a Staff Representative for the FOP/OLC since 2017.
Tracy Rader is a Senior Staff Representative for the FOP, OLC. She has been with the organization since 2008. She was born and raised in Franklin County, Ohio. She studied business technology and management at Columbus State Community College. Tracy started her career working in a non-profit organization (Goodwill Rehabilitation Center) as a Quality Assurance Inspector for nearly eight years. Tracy was able to ensure work and rehabilitation opportunities for people with disabilities through providing standard manufacturing plans and quality plans for products packaged and/or produced. Tracy then went on to leadership in recruitment and sales for the private sector continuing in her passion to assist people with employment opportunities, providing supervision to a staff, meanwhile maintaining P&L statements and building business relationships.
Tracy is a Licensed Therapeutic foster parent through the State of Ohio. Tracy provides services through volunteering for Meals on Wheels, serves the community dinner and mentors teenagers.
Adam started his career in law enforcement in 2007 as a volunteer Auxiliary Deputy for the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office. In 2012, Adam attended the Cuyahoga Community College Police Academy and upon graduation, he was offered a part-time Deputy Sheriff position with Lorain County, eventually switching to full-time for the department in 2014. Adam is presently a full-time deputy sheriff assigned to the night shift. Adam also stands as the President of the Lorain County Deputies Association and has been heavily involved in local negotiations, grievances and other topics within that office. Adam is a northeast Ohio native and is married with 2 kids.
Heath retired as a Lieutenant from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office after 25 years of service. During his time at the Sheriff’s Office he served on the bargaining committees for both the Deputies’ Unit and the Supervisors’ Unit. Heath negotiated every Collective Bargaining Agreement on behalf of the union during a twenty (20) year time period while at the Sheriff’s Office. Heath understands the work of law enforcement and what it takes to communicate with the members having been a former member himself. He is currently employed by the Ohio Northern Smuggling Enforcement Team in NE Ohio where he will continue to be employed while he works for the Ohio Labor Council as a part-time Staff Representative. Heath attended Stark Technical College and the University of Akron where he majored in Criminal Justice/Political Science. He is a 2007 Graduate of P.E.A.L.S. (Police Executive Administrative Leadership School) and a 2017 graduate of P.E.L.C. (Police Executive Leadership College). Heath will be servicing bargaining units in Northeast Ohio.
Jim has a wealth of collective bargaining experience and first-hand knowledge of issues facing law enforcement today. Jim retired from the Streetsboro Police Department where he served for over 27 years as a patrol officer, a detective and as the public relations officer for 10 years. Prior to working at the Streetsboro Police Department Jim served in the Air Force Military Police in the rank of Sergeant and as a Police Academy Instructor in Hiram, Ohio. While employed in Streetsboro Jim became involved in representing his bargaining unit as the negotiating chairman and grievance chairman. Jim served in that capacity for 15 years, negotiating several contracts along the way. During negotiations Jim took the lead on researching comparable agencies for income and health care as well as language favorable for their contract negotiations. Jim worked with 6 different city administrations, multiple councilpersons as well as several law directors and law firms as the union president. In addition to his fifteen years of experience negotiating contracts Jim represented his membership in disciplinary actions and has testified as an expert witness in termination hearings on behalf of the union at outside agencies.