Mark Spencer Coasting at PLEA Till He Retires in February

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Spencer, on easy street at PLEA till retirement...

If you're wondering why you haven't seen media hog Mark Spencer flapping his lips on TV in a while, it's because Spencer is no longer president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, the union that represents rank and file Phoenix cops.

His second term expired September 1. That's when longtime PLEA hack and Spencer-pal Joe Clure stepped into the position after running unopposed during a July election.

Spencer is scheduled to leave the Phoenix Police Department in February as he is part of the DROP program, which allows cops to begin drawing their retirement into a special account, five years prior to exiting the department.

So what's Spencer doing for the remaining months, from September to February? 

Well, the PPD had assigned him to the Central City Precinct. But Spencer doesn't have to worry about going out on patrol and pretending to be a real police officer. 

See, PLEA has a bank of so-called "release time" as part of its contract with the city. PLEA's supposed to use the hours for training, board meetings and the like, but Spencer's pals have decided to use it to keep Spencer on for a little while longer.

PPD spokesman Trent Crump got back to me with the following statement when I asked him about Spencer's current duties:

"When Mark Spencer's term as the PLEA President concluded he was to be reassigned to the Central City Precinct. The Association has asked to utilize their negotiated release hours for Officer Spencer to continue to work on Association related issues. The use of these release hours is in accordance with the current [Memorandum of Understanding] between the City and PLEA."

Lori Steward, Phoenix's Labor Relations Administrator, told me that the PLEA has wide discretion how the hours are used. She also said she has no knowledge of what Spencer's current duties are.

The most recent issue of the PLEA rag RECAP lists Spencer as a lobbyist for the organization. Thing is, PLEA already has an in-house lobbyist in Spencer-crony Levi Bolton. PLEA's also represented by the lobbying firm Williams and Associates. 

In other words, the union doesn't need another lobbyist. And considering that in the last legislative session, many of the state House and Senate members that PLEA backed ended up slashing cop benefits, some better "lobbying" than Spencer, Bolton, et al. can perform may be in order.

I phoned and e-mailed Clure, to explain this use of taxpayer funds in a tight economy. Ditto Spencer. Neither has replied to my inquiries as of yet.

Of course, it may be better for public safety in general if Spencer is not out on patrol, given the black marks in his personnel record. In one incident from his patrol days, he actually grabbed a suspect by the hair and forced him to crawl around on his hands and knees like a dog. In another, he pointed his shotgun out the window of a moving car. 

More recently, while PLEA president, he instigated the collaring of a day-laborer, transporting the Mexican fella to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, without booking the suspect on an alleged trespassing charge.

Spencer got no more than a wet-noodle slap in the way of discipline for not following cop protocol. 

The poor schlub hustling for odd jobs at Home Depot? He was deported, tried to return to the U.S., and was last heard being held for ransom by the coyotes who smuggled him back. No good end there.

Sure, Spencer's a menace with a badge and gun, but the city could put him to work somewhere doing something. Hell, we always need crossing guards.

BTW, if you want to see something truly sickening in the annals of sycophancy, check out the September issue RECAP, devoted exclusively to what a swell dude Spencer is. 

There's a word that describes the act that Spencer's buddies are performing in that RECAP issueBasically, it's what Mayor Phil Gordon's son, PPD officer Jeff Gordon is alleged to have received while on the beat. Only, um, a lot less understandable.


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Jason
Jason

Of course Spencer's gonna coast it as PLEA prez. He's doing it so that he can retire with a full police pension from the 5 different pension plans currently offered to the cops in this state. Why do you think Blimpie gets something to the tune of $7,000/month? in retirement money?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

When I was a cop we had a four letter word assigned to folks who Spencer reminds me of, Slug.

I am anticipating that when the MCSO shurf is removed from office Spencer will have to fight off pearce for the chair. Of course there is always Mr. Stauffer in the running.

Truth08
Truth08

I see the infamous KTAR-Ankarlo, flack and......locally known....'Paul Revere'..., legend [The Mexican Army has invaded ...Oh my ...Oh my..?] is still around ..'fleecing'.. the taxpayer (and of course the Union dues..) 

This despite the fact he is to blame for the largest ...'mass migration'... to the opposing Union FOP..

In other words, he gets the ..'credit'... for losing more members than anyone in the history of PLEA  and is the best recruiting tool for the FOP Union, that money can buy..

Regards,Truth

Hock
Hock

This doesn't bother me.  If the union wants to give their release time to their former President, that's up to them.  It's not costing the taxpayers more...I mean, the release time is limited...who gets it doesn't change the cost.

Let's hope with a new President, the union works more for their membership and less towards the Presidents personal agenda.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Seems odd, doesn't it? Hendershott is drawing dual retirement income and he's still so mentally bankrupt he can't afford to pay attention... :-)

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

You bring up a scenario I have not thought of, however. The thought of Spencer as the Sheriff is gut wrenchingly repulsive. Every meeting I have ever had with the man bolstered my initial impression of him as a self serving prick.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Stauffer doesn't stand a chance at beating Arpaio. He may be a great guy and may even make a great Sheriff, but he has no clue how to match up against the legend that is Arpaio.

Guest
Guest

so u don't mind if he sits on his ass for 5 months on the city's dime? i want my $'s worth outta these mofos

Jason
Jason

Hendy really has learned well from the Flaccid Fool. Both of them are so mentally, ethically, and morally bankrupt that it has cost county taxpayers millions.

This is why we need Mike Stauffer in the MCSO. I read today that Captain Joel Fox has made over $100,000 in taxpayer dough to sit on his corrupt, sleazy ass. (Valley & State, pages B1 and B3.)

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

We need to mark this date in our calendars. I never thought I would see the day you might actually agree with anything I've written.

KnowItAll
KnowItAll

The feds won't touch Arpaio until after 2012. If Obama is re-elected -- a big if -- then indictments will come. But not before.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Interestingly, the 'legend that is arpaio' is primarily outside Maricopa County, Arizona. Those who vote in Maricopa see a newer and more factual 'legend'. One of corruption and criminality. The support base for the Old Fool diminishes with each day as he becomes more incompetent, senile, and demented.

He is not fooling folks anymore with his self promotion tactics. Folks are seeing through all of his gimmicks including coloring contests for inmates and other such nauseating stunts.

Worstmayor
Worstmayor

Why don't you ask for more...when i comes to the drivel, the feathered bastard writes. Mostly liberal fiction and socialist ramblings. Dump the "terd"...I mean Bird!

Hock
Hock

It's time given to the union through their contract.  It will result in less time to other union members.

Jason
Jason

You're right. The abuse-of-power probe the Flaccid Fool of MCSO is currently under is high profile and very sensitive politically. If anything, Obama, a man whose popularity is sinking faster than Titanic, needs to convince the voters he is worthy of re-election. Then again, so does the MCSO shurf...

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

At least this way he lives a slot open for a good street cop.

Guest
Guest

Neither. They're using a "bank" of taxpayer-paid-for hours that's part of the union's agreement with the city. The union normally uses it for other stuff, as Lemons states above. But for their fuhrer Spencer, they've decided to spend it on keeping him in PLEA's offices until he exits stage right.

Hock
Hock

Did they add one or just make Spencer one of them?

Guest
Guest

It's still coming out of our taxes, Hock. PLEA already has six cops on full-time release. They don't need another. Waste of manpower.

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