President Message Message January 7, 2018 By Dan Seiler 0 Comment 463 Views Message from the MTA President Brian Blubaugh (The below message from Sgt. Brian Blubaugh is a reprint published in The Trooper, Winter of 2017 Addition. Dear Friends, This will be my first message to the membership and to our supporters since assuming office as the President of the Maryland Troopers Association. First and foremost, I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to point out the exceptional accomplishments and lasting legacy of my predecessor, M. Kirk Daugherty. Our Past President has a long history of leadership and service to the Maryland State Police and the Maryland Troopers Association. Kirk began his career with the Maryland State Police on July 1, 1963, and served with distinction and honor until his retirement as a First Sergeant on June 1, 1989. He was a founding member of the Maryland Troopers Association and served many of his early years with the organization as the President of the Tri-County Lodge on the lower Eastern Shore. In 1985, Kirk was elected President of the Association and served two terms during a very austere and challenging time in the Maryland State Police. Kirk worked tirelessly to ensure that Troopers remained well represented and protected throughout several changes in structure and leadership of the Department. Kirk was again elected President of the Association in 2003 and continued as our President for the past 14 years. Kirk has always remained very involved with the legislature in Annapolis and actively worked with the General Assembly to address many issues important to the Department and the welfare of our membership. He was always available to represent the Association at formal functions throughout the State and faithfully supported the charitable and community programs by our lodges and their members. The Board of Directors, the membership and office staff, want to express our most sincere appreciation to Kirk for his many years of dedicated leadership and successful management of this organization. We are a better organization for having Kirk as our President for so many years. I must say that we owe Kirk a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid but can easily be recognized. Thanks again for everything. On the heels of our election convention at the Grand Hotel in Ocean City, Maryland, I would like to thank all the members of our Finance Committee for their hard work in organizing this event. I would especially like to express my gratitude to Retired Sergeant Harry Edwards for hosting an outstanding hospitality suite again this year. As always, the cuisine was delicious, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed Harry’s exceptional menu choices. We are happy to report that this years’ event was very well attended and we managed to sell out our entire block of reserved rooms. I look forward to seeing you again at our next convention in the Fall of 2019 and don’t forget to ask your friends and family to join us as well. In the coming year, I look forward to working with the Administration, other employee groups, and our collective bargaining units to address a number of issues that continue to impact recruiting and retention of MSP sworn and civilian personnel. While many factors contribute to these issues, pay parity seems to be the most prevalent cause cited. Without question, the Maryland State Police employs and trains some of the finest law enforcement professionals around only to lose them to other States, Federal Agencies and County Governments that pay much higher salaries. I know the State of Maryland can do better to attract and retain these very valuable human resources. They represent a considerable investment that we really can’t afford to keep losing.In closing, I am very excited to begin my responsibilities as President of the Maryland Troopers Association. I hope that I can count on our active and retired members to become involved and support the Association’s efforts. We need your help to address issues that impact the Department’s ability to provide the exceptional law enforcement services that Maryland citizens have come to expect and deserve. Last but not least, a special thank you to our loyal supporters and generous advertisers who help us keep our Association’s programs alive and well. We ask our members to always consult your TROOPER magazine for service providers and do your best to patronize their businesses. They support us and we should certainly do the same for them. Thanks again for all of your support. Sincerely, Brian T. Blubaugh-President Maryland Troopers Association, Inc.