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December 19, 2009
Read the Don Novey e-mails to Mike Jimenez

797-7W28NOVEY.highlight.prod_affiliate.4.JPGAs reported in The Bee today, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association has fired Don Novey, a labor icon who built the union into one of the most powerful political forces in the state. Novey retired as CCPOA's president in 2002, but he was a contracted consultant for the union until, he says, CCPOA terminated his three-year deal this week.

The union declined to comment for The Bee's story, although spokesman Lance Corcoran didn't deny Novey had been fired.

Here's Novey's e-mail response to CCPOA President Mike Jimenez, who has returned to his post after several months off for an unspecified medical reason. The Bee obtained the e-mail from a third party with knowledge of the matter before confirming its authenticity with Novey.

From: Don Novey
Sent: Friday, December 18, 2009 10:10 AM
To: Mike Jimenez
Subject: termination

Mr. Jimenez: I just received your termination notice today (17/12/09). Nice holiday gift. I never received your September 2009 message that you placed through a third party. Also we discussed the working with the three law enforcement organizations during June of 2008. However you were preoccupied defending an exfelon and did not return my 15 telephone calls along with your #2. We all know that he was alone with our staff and you did nothing. Also, when the contract was up for ratification, you were home asleep and had to be awakened by Robert Dean. Former speaker Brown was so embarrassed by your poor judgment and lack of professionalism. Jimenez, it's fine to go after me, but your Stalin like attacks on the membership and inability to focus on the concerns of the troops disappoints me. You never had a master plan in place and tried to get by the seat of your trousers. Your switching of the negotiation teams (a/b) was utterly a joke at DPA. If you would have delivered then there would have been no furloughs. By the way my work on proposition 94 was in conjunction with your endorsement of that measure. Jimenez, you unfortunately will have to deal with me in the future and my respect for the line troops will continue. Therefore your conclusion about destroying the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) with other group is pure horse manure. Jimenez get a life and return to the institution. Also set time aside next week for my appeal and I'm requesting all documents that were made in your determination of termination. Please have the documents ready for my review next Monday (21/12/09). In closing, I consider your action unfortunate and displaying poor leadership skills.

Ps: I've called you twice today without response, but what's new.

Click the following link to read Novey's second e-mail to Jimenez.

Novey declined to provide a copy of the union's termination letter when Bee Capitol Bureau Chief Dan Smith contacted him to authenticate the e-mail, but the former union chief did provide a follow-up e-mail sent to Jimenez. Here it is:

From: Don Novey
Sent: Friday, December 18, 2009 2:22 PM
To: Mike Jimenez
Cc: 'carol novey'
Subject: RE: termination

Mr. Jimenez: Also, I'm requesting the minutes from all Executive Counsel (EC) meetings since May of 2007. In addition, please provide the minutes from the Political Action Committee ( PAC) during the same timeframe You have NOT provided me with a response to my written recommendations that were sent to you in 2009. Also, remember a firing is labor death and I will treat that accordingly. Hopefully your legal staff will have the necessary documents. BTW, you didn't enclose my contract in your letter of termination. I have asked counsel (DS) for the material on 21/12/09. MJ, with my health fully restored, I will be working the political arena for at least the next decade. Wishing you the best during this holiday season, and you're welcomed to attend church with Carol and myself on Christmas day.-novey (2)

IMAGE: Don Novey / 2002 Sacramento Bee file photo, Randy Pench

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