Mitch Mellick, K-381
President, Kansas State
Schedules and Retirement
A new schedule
proposal has been
made by KSTA
to command staff.
Mitch can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org
Schedules are incredibly important in living a balanced
life. It helps to ensure that there is some order to your day.
Schedules help the human brain to plan and determine
what is truly important. As we send our children back
to school, schedules have been on many minds lately.
Webster’s Dictionary defines schedule as“a procedural plan
that indicates the time and sequence of each operation.”
Schedules are important not only in the day to day, but also
as we look beyond the windshield and plan for the horizon.
“The key is not to prioritize what's on your
schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”
~ Stephen Covey
As early as June 2015, Colonel Mark Bruce stated in an agency-wide email
that “the current trooper work schedule places undue strain on our officers. This has
negative performance implications and most importantly has the potential to impact
officer safety.” The Colonel stated in this email that, within three years, he wanted to
implement a new schedule that would be better for employees. I am hoping that we are
nearing fruition of this plan as we are most certainly approaching the three-year mark.
A new schedule is something the KSTA has been working toward for quite some
time now. With the signing of our newest Memorandum of Agreement, we ensured
there was wording that allowed for shifts longer than eight hours included. We have
gathered research regarding shift work, proposed multiple different schedules, and
left the finalizing of a change in the KHPCommand Staff’s court. To date, no schedule
changes have been proposed by KHP. Recently the colonels have participated in
troop meetings across the state. During these meetings, schedule change questions
were again brought up by our members. During these meetings, there was some
confusion that ensued regarding exactly what was or wasn’t proposed by the KSTA
about schedule changes during contract negotiations, and the colonels misspoke.
Rest assured, we at the KSTA wanted to address schedule changes during our
contract talks, but the KHP preferred to wait. As part of the limited talking that KHP
would engage in, we did lay the groundwork for shifts longer than eight hours. There
seems to be renewed interest from our Command Staff, and just recently the KSTA
presented a 10-hour work schedule proposal to address sleep patterns, longer time at
work to perform duties and more time with families. This schedule also decreases the
number of days worked in a row and allows for consistent coverage on the road. This
would improve officer safety and hopefully morale.
I understand each individual is unique and their needs
for their schedule are their own. We value each member’s
input, but we recognize, we won’t make 100% of our
members happy. We will work for what the majority desires
to ensure that we can do our jobs to the best of our abilities,
as safe as possible, and find balance in our lives.
Please see the information on the next few pages for
more details on this process.
As the rest of us are contemplating what our future
schedules will look like, I would like to take this time to
remark on Master Trooper Jeff Dietz as he embarks on
his retirement. Jeff gave generously of his own schedule,
often his personal one, to help ensure that others were
taken care of. During his career, he served the KSTA
and its members in many roles. He was on numerous
committees, served on the Board of Directors for many
years, and was president as well. His contributions have
played a large role in helping the KSTA become what it is
today. We will miss you Jeff!
“The trouble with retirement is that you
never get a day off.” ~ Abe Lemons
CAN JOIN US
Serving First Responders and Their Families Since 1934publicsafetycu.org
New Kansas Branch - Fall 2017
We have been serving the Mid Kansas
area for over 36 years with:
• Commercial trucking
• Buy and sell new and used pallets
• Food grade and non-food grade
Contact Pal-Co KS Inc today at
620-663-6191 for more information.
701 E 2nd Ave. Hutchinson, KS 67501
Find us online:palco-ks.com