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Nominations and Elections

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The International Public Safety Association is holding an Election in January 2018 for two Board of Directors' seats. All interested candidates must self-nominate and submit a completed application by 5pm Arizona Time on November 3, 2017.

Each seat is a highly visible leadership position and has a term of three years of volunteer leadership service to the IPSA.

All applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements::

  • Voting Membership on or before 12/31/2016.
  • Minimum of three years in public safety service.
  • Letters of Recommendation (minimum of one).
  • Applications will be accepted through November 3, 2017.


Per IPSA Bylaws

The corporation shall have 12 directors and collectively they shall be known as the Board of Directors.

To encourage equal representation geographically, on the board, there may be no more than two board members from any one state, parish, province or territory.

To encourage equal representation of public safety professions, on the board, there may be no more than three board members from any one public safety profession.

Directorships on the board shall not be denied to any person on the basis of race, creed, sex, religion or national origin. Employees of the Corporation are ineligible to serve on the Board of Directors

To ensure fairness: All Individual members should have equal opportunity to seek elected positions on the IPSA Board of Directors. To ensure equity: All nominees should be provided equal access to the membership. To ensure engagement: Communication with membership about the election process and the candidates should arouse interest in IPSA affairs and foster optimum ballot returns.

Only voting members of the IPSA are eligible to participate in the election. All applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered for a position on the IPSA Board of Directors:

  • Must be a voting member of IPSA as defined by the IPSA Bylaws in Section 12 of these bylaws for at least one (1) year prior to the election.
  • Must have possessed all necessary qualifications to engage in the profession of public safety for at least three (3) years.
  • Elections for board of directors filling expired terms shall be held electronically, 30 days prior to the annual meeting, held in February of each year, starting February 2018. The secure electronic voting method shall be approved by the Board of Directors on recommendation of the IPSA Nominating and Election Committee. Electronic votes shall be cast on a one member vote basis.
  • Any directorship to be filled by reason of an increase in the number of Directors shall be filled at the next regular meeting of the Board of Directors or at a special meeting called for that purpose. When a re-appointment or replacement is made, the re-appointment or replacement shall be considered effective on the date that the prior term expired (i.e., the new term does not begin on the date of the election). Board members whose terms have expired may continue serving until they are either re-appointed or until their successors are chosen.
  • A Director who is elected or appointed to fill the unexpired portion of a vacated position shall complete the remaining portion of the original Director’s term and may run and be re-elected for additional consecutive three-year terms
  • The Board has the authority to extend any term due to extenuating circumstances to ensure effective governance. A two-thirds majority vote of the Directors is required to extend any Director’s term beyond those described Section 7 of these bylaws.

Per the State of Arizona, all Directors must disclose the following:

CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE (A.R.S. ยงยง 10-202(D), 10-3202(D), 10-1622(A)(8) & 10-11622(A)(7))

Has ANY person who is currently an officer, director, trustee, incorporator, or who, in a for For-Profit corporations controls or holds more than 10% of the issued and outstanding common shares or 10% of any other proprietary, beneficial or membership interest in the corporation been:

Convicted of a felony involving a transaction in securities, consumer fraud or antitrust in any state or federal jurisdiction within the five year period immediately preceding the execution of this certificate?

Yes No

Convicted of a felony, the essential elements of which consisted of fraud, misrepresentation, theft by false pretenses or restraint of trade or monopoly in any state or federal jurisdiction within the five year period immediately preceding execution of this certificate?

Yes No

Subject to an injunction, judgement, decree or permanent order of any state or federal court entered within the five year period immediately preceding execution of this certificate where such injunction, judgement, decree or permanent order involved the violation of:

  • fraud of registration provisions of the securities laws of that jurisdiction, or
  • the consumer fraud laws of that jurisdiction, or
  • the antitrust of restraint of trade laws of that jurisdiction?

Yes No

Has any person who is currently an officer, director, trustee or incorporator, or who, in a For-Profit corporation, controls or holds over 20% of the issued and outstanding common shares, or 20% of any other proprietary, beneficial or membership interest in the corporation, served in any such capacity or held a 20% interest in any other corporation on the bankruptcy or receivership of that other corporation?

Yes No


Per IPSA and to maintain our IRS 501(c)3 status, all Directors must sign a Conflict of Interest Policy


The purpose of this conflict of interest policy is to protect this tax-exempt corporation's interest when it is contemplating entering into a transaction or arrangement that might benefit the private interest of an officer or director of the corporation or any "disqualified person" as defined in Section 4958(f)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code and as amplified by Section 53.4958-3 of the IRS Regulations and which might result in a possible "excess benefit transaction" as defined in Section 4958(c)(1)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code and as amplified by Section 53.4958 of the IRS Regulations. This policy is intended to supplement but not replace any applicable state and federal laws governing conflict of interest applicable to nonprofit and charitable organizations. Officers and directors must review and sign this policy. A record will be maintained at the corporation’s principal office.

Section 2. Definitions

  • Interested Person. Any director, principal officer, member of a committee with governing board delegated powers, or any other person who is a "disqualified person" as defined in Section 4958(f)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code and as amplified by Section 53.4958-3 of the IRS Regulations, who has a direct or indirect financial interest, as defined below, is an interested person.
  • Financial Interest. A person has a financial interest if the person has, directly or indirectly, through business, investment, or family:
  1. An ownership or investment interest in any entity with which the corporation has a transaction or arrangement;
  2. A compensation arrangement with the corporation or with any entity or individual with which the corporation has a transaction or arrangement; or
  3. A potential ownership or investment interest in, or compensation arrangement with, any entity or individual with which the corporation is negotiating a transaction or arrangement.

Compensation includes direct and indirect remuneration as well as gifts or favors that are not insubstantial.

A financial interest is not necessarily a conflict of interest. Under Section 3, paragraph B, a person who has a financial interest may have a conflict of interest only if the appropriate governing board or committee decides that a conflict of interest exists.

Section 3. Conflict of Interest Avoidance Procedures

  • Duty to Disclose. In connection with any actual or possible conflict of interest, an interested person must disclose the existence of the financial interest and be given the opportunity to disclose all material facts to the directors and members of committees with governing board delegated powers considering the proposed transaction or arrangement.
  • Determining Whether a Conflict of Interest Exists. After disclosure of the financial interest and all material facts, and after any discussion with the interested person, he/she shall leave the governing board or committee meeting while the determination of a conflict of interest is discussed and voted upon. The remaining board or committee members shall decide if a conflict of interest exists.
  • Procedures for Addressing the Conflict of Interest. An interested person may make a presentation at the governing board or committee meeting, but after the presentation, he/she shall leave the meeting during the discussion of, and the vote on, the transaction or arrangement involving the possible conflict of interest.

The chairperson of the governing board or committee shall, if appropriate, appoint a disinterested person or committee to investigate alternatives to the proposed transaction or arrangement.

After exercising due diligence, the governing board or committee shall determine whether the corporation can obtain with reasonable efforts a more advantageous transaction or arrangement from a person or entity that would not give rise to a conflict of interest.

If a more advantageous transaction or arrangement is not reasonably possible under circumstances not producing a conflict of interest, the governing board or committee shall determine by a majority vote of the disinterested directors whether the transaction or arrangement is in the corporation's best interest, for its own benefit, and whether it is fair and reasonable. In conformity with the above determination, it shall make its decision as to whether to enter into the transaction or arrangement.

  • Violations of the Conflicts of Interest Policy. If the governing board or committee has reasonable cause to believe a member has failed to disclose actual or possible conflicts of interest, it shall inform the member of the basis for such belief and afford the member an opportunity to explain the alleged failure to disclose.

If, after hearing the member's response and after making further investigation as warranted by the circumstances, the governing board or committee determines the member has failed to disclose an actual or possible conflict of interest, it shall take appropriate disciplinary and corrective action.



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