Scholarship Time Again

It is time for the MOCOA annual scholarship program again. The graduating high school student must be a child / dependent child or grandchild of a current member. MOCOA must receive the student’s scholarship application packet in their offices no later than July 21, 2017 to be eligible. The packet MUST include the following:

  1. A letter from the MOCOA member who is sponsoring the child. It should include why they think the student is a good candidate for a scholarship and how they are related to the child.
  2. A 500 word essay written by the child. The subject of this essay should be: “The Future Of Corrections.” Please explain and give examples of your opinion.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from other members of the community (clergy, teachers, business owners, etc.) A listing of grade point averages, special training, extracurricular activities, volunteer work, employment, the college that the student is hoping to attend and which field they plan to go into after college graduation.
  4. Remember to have a cover sheet that includes the child’s name, phone number and address, the sponsor’s name, phone and address, including work institution. Include the name, address and phone number of the school they current attend with the dates of graduation ceremonies.

All of the above information is required and should be included to avoid being disqualified. Unfortunately, several scholarship packets have been disqualified in the past due to not submitting all required information.

Mail Scholarship packet to:

MOCOA
7141 Business 50 West
Jefferson City, Mo 65109

Packets received after July 21, 2017 will be disqualified.

Precythe and Jones Meet with MOCOA

On Monday, March 27th, Missouri Corrections Officers Association held their quarterly meeting in Jefferson City. Guests at this meeting were Department of Corrections Director Anne Precythe and the head of Probation and Parole, Kenny Jones. Director Precythe expressed her willingness to work with the Association, as well as staff throughout the department, in hopes to improve the working environment for all staff.

It is apparent that under her leadership you are going to see many changes within the department in the near future. Many of these changes are long overdue and in the long run will be beneficial for staff.

As Director Precythe went around the room, asking each board member what their biggest issues are, she heard over and over morale, staff treatment, promotional system, good ol’ boy system and pay. She expressed that she could work on all the issues addressed, with the exception of pay, which is controlled by the legislature. She did express however that she wouldn’t interfere in anyway with our efforts to achieve improvements in that area. That alone is an improvement for us as we have been lobbied against by the department year after year regarding pay and overtime issues.
Keep in mind Director Precythes’ success has to be a team effort and not a one way street.

Kenny Jones spoke a few minutes about the connection between probation and parole and custody and the need for them to be on the same team. He also stated that he and Director Precythe will be visiting all the institutions, visiting with staff and seeking out their ideas of improvement for the department.

Thank you to Director Precythe and P&P Director Kenny Jones for attending our meeting and listening to our concerns.

Eric Greitens for Governor

MOCOA has officially endorsed Eric Greitens for Governor and we are asking you and your friends and families to get out and vote for Eric. In September, Tim Cutt and I met privately with Mr. Greitens in Saint Louis for over an hour. What we found was a very impressive individual with the good of Missouri at heart. We discussed the following issues in our meeting:

We discussed the Right To Work. Although Eric would sign a right to work bill, he assures us that he would exempt corrections officers. I can promise you that Missouri is going to get the right to work passed. The legislature was only one vote short of overriding the Governors’ veto last session. They will soon find that one vote and with Mr. Greitens as Governor we will be ahead of the curve.

We discussed corrections officers pay and how they are among the lowest paid in the nation. He agreed that this needs fixed and has a plan to achieve this by downsizing state government through all departments.

We also discussed his lack of an NRA endorsement. He assured us that he has the highest rating a private citizen can have. However, not being a politician with a voting record to score by, he could not receive an endorsement. The NRA bases their endorsement on past voting records. As an ex-NAVY SEAL, Eric is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.

I can assure you that if Koster is elected as Governor you can expect four to eight more years of the same past eight years.

Please help us….help you. Get out and vote for Eric Greitens and encourage everyone you know to do the same. Your vote does matter. If you have questions give us a call.

THANK YOU,

Gary Gross, MOCOA Director