Arizona Judicial Branch






A Public Meeting of the Corrections Officer Retirement Plan Local Board for the Superior Court was convened Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., Conference Room 109, Arizona State Courts Building, 1501 West Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona.


Board Members Present in Conference Room 109:



Board Members Attending via Conference Call:

Kevin Kluge, Chair; Rob Lubitz, Danna Quinn, Jason Hathcock


Board Members Absent:

Mark Smalley


Also Present: 

Annette Corallo, Board Secretary; Leticia Chavez, Recorder


Call to Order:


Approval of the Minutes:


June 7, 2016 – Public Meeting Minutes

June 7, 2016 – Executive Session Minutes


MOTION: A motion to approve the public meeting and executive session minutes of the June 7, 2016 meeting was made by R. Lubitz.  Motion was seconded and passed unanimously; minutes stand approved. CORP 2016-36


Approval of Normal Retirement Benefits:


The Local Board may consider and vote on the approval of Normal Retirement benefits for the following applications or defer decision to a later date:


Maria Milburn

Rhonda M. Paine

Kendall D. Rhyne


MOTION: A motion to approve the payment of Normal Retirement benefits to the following applicants in about the following amounts, effective July 1, 2016, was made by J. Hathcock.  Motion was seconded and passed unanimously.  CORP 2016-37


Maria Milburn:                          $2,897.40

Rhonda M. Paine:                     $3,641.54; Reverse DROP Estimate:  $66,306.07

Kendall D. Rhyne:                    $4,646.96

Acknowledgement of CORP Physical Exam Final Letters:


The Chair noted, for the record, that a physical examination report for Benton T. Morris was not received within 60 days of receipt of his membership application and that a final letter requesting an examination was sent to this member via certified mail on June 17, 2016.


Approval of Membership:


The Local Board may consider and vote on the approval of the following requests for membership or defer decision to a later date:


Bingham, Michael



Finlayson, Michelle



Morris, Benton



Munoz Felix, Jessica



Ortiz, Jose



Pendergraft, Anita Darlene



Rivas, Claudia



Ruokis, Lisa



Shoaff, Paige



Van Der Voort, Chase




MOTION: A motion to approve the 10 applicants listed on the agenda for this meeting for membership in CORP pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-893.D and to note for the record that the physical examinations for Michelle Finlayson and Jose Ortiz identified a physical or mental condition or injury that existed or occurred before the member’s date of membership in the plan, was made by R. Lubitz.  Motion was seconded and passed unanimously.  CORP 2016-38


Future Agenda Items:        


Board member Jason Hathcock advised that the Board Secretary sent out a notice about service purchase reduction. The Board Secretary stated that a House bill was passed that temporarily reduces the cost to purchase certain types of eligible service and also reduces the number of years a member must work in order to purchase military service. The Board Secretary advised that a notice will be placed on the Board website but asked for the Board’s guidance in communicating the provisions of this bill to the membership, as participation is time-limited. The Chair directed the Board Secretary to send a request to Kathy Waters, Adult Services Division Director, and Joseph Kelroy, Juvenile Justice Services Division Director, to ask that they distribute the information to the Probation Chiefs and Directors. 


The Chair asked for an update regarding the cancer insurance.  Board member Jason Hathcock stated that the Maricopa County Probation Chief sent out an email on June 29, 2016, that informed employees they could sign up for the cancer insurance, but Mr. Hathcock felt that employees might still not be aware of the option and may miss the enrollment period. Board member Danna Quinn advised that employees can still enroll during open enrollment the following year, but clarified that once a member opts in, they can never opt out of the program while employed.


Ms. Quinn added that an FAQ was developed and asked if the FAQ was sent out with the communication from the Probation Chief.  Mr. Hathcock stated that several attachments were sent out but could not confirm if the FAQ was one of them. Ms. Quinn added that while some employees may not have seen the communication from the Chief, all employees are required to either opt in or out, and stated that responses will be tracked.


Mr. Hathcock asked if the annual premium for the cancer insurance is currently $50.  Ms. Quinn confirmed the annual premium is currently $50 but indicated that, as with any insurance plan, the premium could increase.


The Board Secretary advised that Dr. Prince agreed to perform the evaluation for Total and Permanent Disability Applicant #16-01, Monique R. Usher, without repeating a full IME.  She reported that the Board should have Dr. Prince’s updated report to review during the August 2016 meeting. The Chair asked if there were any scheduling conflicts for members of the Board for the August meeting. Board members had no conflicts but the Board Secretary stated that she would verify the Board Attorney’s availability, as there may be a conflict with her schedule.  The Chair stated that the Board would need the Board Attorney’s assistance during the August meeting and if there was a conflict with her schedule the Board could try to move the meeting date or schedule an additional hearing for Disability Applicant #16-01.


Call to the Public:


No members of the public addressed the Board.


The meeting was adjourned at 10:12 a.m.