Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Texas Senate Honors Retired Police Officers Association's Former Executive with Resolution

By Allen Jones, TEXPERS Communications Manager

The Texas Senate adopted on May 14 a resolution honoring and congratulating W. M. "Bill" Elkin on his retirement from the Houston Police Retired Officers Association.

Senate Resolution 732 recognizes Elkin's service to the organization as well as his prior 38 years as an officer of the Houston Police Department. 

Elkin retired as the association's executive director in December of last year. He spent roughly 21 years with the organization, serving as its first executive director. This year, the association gave Elkin the honorary title of Lifetime Director Emeritus.

"Whereas, during a span of over four decades of noteworthy leadership with these various associations, [Elkin] worked with the Texas Legislature to improve pension benefits and address other matters of significance for both active and retired officers; he helped give voice to those who devoted their careers to protecting and serving area citizens, and this year, he became the first person awarded the title of Lifetime Director Emeritus of the Houston Police Retired Officers Association;..."

The resolution was authored by Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston.

Anthony Kivela is the new executive director of the Houston Police Retired Officers Association. In a Feb. 24 post to the association's website, Kivela says he is "thrilled and privileged to have the opportunity to follow" in Elkin's footsteps. 

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