Happy New Year - A few 2023
New Year Resolution
1. Not in the Retirees' Association? Join Us!
If you are a uniform or civilian retiree of the Ohio State Highway Patrol you can join the Retiree's Association. If you have ever WORKED for the Ohio State Highway Patrol, you can become an Associate Member. Established in 1975 and still going strong with over 1400 members, you can be part of this special group for only $1.00 per month. Link to the membership page at OSHPRetiree.org
The Retirees' Association is a registered 501(c)(3).
2. Not a State Troopers of Ohio Patron? Sign Up!
Anyone, ANYONE, can support the recently resurrected State Troopers of Ohio Inc. As a registered 501 (c) (4), the STO has been actively lobbying members of the Ohio General Assembly to improve the pay and benefits of our active duty employees and, in turn, strengthening the financial stability of the Ohio Highway Patrol Retirement System. Working with our legislative agents at the Batchelder Company, progress has been made! As addressed by Colonel Jones in his message to the field legislation was codified during the lame duck session of the 134th GA that established a framework for restructuring the pay range for certain exempt employees. Earlier in 2022, troopers were provided a pay range increase in addition to the increase provided in their collective bargaining agreement. Also, legislation was passed to increase the entry age to be a trooper to less than 40 years, from the previous 35 years. All of these changes were made to help improve the Patrol's competitive position in todays extremely difficult law enforcement recruiting environment. But as noted by Colonel Jones, "While this is a start, it is not the finish line. Much more work will continue to occur until we reach our goals." We agree!
Over 400 retirees, actives, or friends of the Patrol have provided a monetary gift of support to the STO to fund our legislative efforts. Many of our uniform retirees have made a $5.00 per month pledge from their monthly pension. Link to our STO page to learn more about the STO and how you can support our efforts in 2023.