Board of Directors
Bob Pope, Chairman
Bob has been a credit union member since joining the Cincinnati Police Department in 1964. He became
involved with the credit union as a member of the Credit Committee in 1981. Bob has held the positions
of Director, Secretary, Treasurer and Vice-Chairman of the board. Bob retired from CPD with the rank of
Lieutenant and became Security Manager of the Western-Southern Financial Group until retirement in 2006.
Mark Brown, Vice Chairman
Mark began his career with the Cincinnati Police Department in 1967, and joined the credit union the same year.
While working for CPD, Mark received a Bachelor of Science degree from U.C., then went on to graduate from the
FBI National Academy. Mark retired from CPD in 1994 as a Sergeant. During his time at CPD, Mark served as the
President of the Police Supervisor's Association and was a member of the advisory committee to the Cincinnati Human
Relations Commission under City Manager Sylvester Murray. He also served on the FOP Wage Committee. After
retiring from CPD in 1994, Mark served as Change Agent Chief for the Fort Wright and Dayton Kentucky Police
Departments until retirement in 2006. Mark began volunteering with the credit union in 1983. He has served as
Director, Secretary and Treasurer. Mark lives in Ft. Wright, KY with his wife, Pamela, and son, Shawn.
Dennis M. Rees, Treasurer
Denny joined the Cincinnati Police Division in 1972, after completing 4 1/2 years in the Army, including one year
in Vietnam as an Infantry Platoon Leader. Denny was assigned as a Patrol Officer in District 4 and 5 as well as in
Research and Planning. Denny was promoted to Sergeant in 1985 and assigned to Districts 1 and 4. Denny was
then promoted to Lieutenant in 1987, serving at the Police Academy, Districts 2 and 3, and Patrol Administration.
In 1994, Denny was promoted to Captain and served as Night Chief and as Planning Section Commander. Denny
was a member of the SWAT Team from 1974 until 1994. Denny retired from CPD in July 1995, accepting the Police
Chief position at the City of Loveland. Denny served for 13 years as Loveland's Police Chief, retiring in 2008. In
1989, Denny began serving on the credit union's Supervisory Committee, and served as Supervisory Committee
Chairman from 2000-2005. In 2005, Denny was elected to the Board of Directors and previously held the position
Gerry Norton, Secretary
Gerry is a lifelong resident of Western Hamilton County. Gerry lives with his wife, Janet. They have three children
and two grandchildren. Gerry is a retired Cincinnati Police Officer with thirty years of experience. Gerry started as a
member of the Cincinnati Police Federal Credit Union in 1968. He has served as a member of the Credit Committee,
Supervisory Committee and on the Board of Directors. Gerry currently works for Allgeier and Son Construction Company
and says, "the knowledge I have gained from my contacts and involvement with the credit union has proved to be
invaluable in assisting with the everyday operations of a construction company."
Gerald (Jerry) R. Gramke, Chairman Emeritus
Jerry has been a lifelong resident of Cincinnati. In 1958 he married Betty (Elizabeth Nieman) and they had
five children: Joe, Jim, Jeff, Julia and Jay. Between their five children they have sixteen grandchildren and
two great-grandchildren. Jerry worked for the Cincinnati Police Department from 1957 to 1983. During that
time Jerry in worked Districts 5, 1, 2 and 3. He also worked in C.I.S., Robbery and Homicide Squads. After
retiring from CPD, Jerry worked for Provident Bank (now PNC) from 1983 to 1998 as a Corporate Vice President
Security Director. Jerry has been a member of the Cincinnati Ohio Police Federal Credit Union since 1966. Jerry
began as a volunteer on the credit union's credit committee in 1972. He was elected to the Board of Directors in
1974 and served as the Chairman of the Board from 1978 to 2015. Jerry recalls while volunteering for the credit
union in the 70's that their "lofty" goal was to have 3 million in assets (currently the credit union is over 75
million in assets). Jerry states "It appears that we have succeeded; it has been a great ride!"
Bill Baumann, Director
Bill was on the board of directors for the Northwest Employees Federal Credit Union since 1986. Bill has continued
to serve on the Cincinnati Ohio Police FCU since the merger of the two credit unions in March of 2007. Bill is a graduate
of Ohio State University. He taught math in the Northwest School District for 35 years and is now retired. Bill is married
to Nancy and they have five children and five grandchildren. Bill says "I have learned so much from serving on the
Boards. Each board has had different concerns."
Larry Ridener, Director
Larry has been a member of the Cincinnati Ohio Police Federal Credit Union Board of Directors since the merger, with
the Northwest Employees Federal Credit Union in 2007. Prior to the merger Larry was a member of the NEFCU Board
and Supervisory Committee for three years. Larry was a teacher in the Northwest Local School District for more than
30 years. His wife Diana was also a teacher/counselor in the Northwest Local School District for more than 30 years.
Larry says "the strength of the COPFCU is its strong member base of police, firefighters, educators and family members.
I feel honored to work for this group of public servants who service so many members of our society in very diverse
ways. It is important that we continue to reward their work by striving to make this credit union one of the stronger
financial institutions in the nation."
Thomas Prem, Director
Tom is a lifelong resident of Cincinnati. He attended the University of Cincinnati receiving an Associate Degree in 1970.
After completing his studies, Tom was drafted into the United States Army in 1970 and served in Vietnam. He received
an Honorable Discharge in 1971. The same year, Tom was hired by the Cincinnati Police Division and was promoted to
Specialist in 1981. Tom served in Districts One, Two and Three, District Two Investigative Unit, K-9 Unit, District One
Special Operations Unit, Planning Section, District One Neighborhood Officer Unit, and the Special Events Unit. Tom
retired in 2001 after 30 years of service. He joined the Cincinnati Police Federal Credit Union in 1973 and has been a
member ever since. In 1997, Tom volunteered to become a member of the credit unions Supervisory Committee. In
2005, Tom became Chairman of the Supervisory Committee, the position he still holds today.
Daniel W. Oliver, Director
Dan is a lifelong resident of Cincinnati. Dan joined the Cincinnati Police Federal Credit Union in 1980. Dan joined the
credit union's Supervisory Committee in 2002. Dan attended the University of Cincinnati. Dan retired from the Cincinnati
Police Department in 2005 and now works at Winton Woods Middle School. Dan is also the Vice President of the Golf
Advisory Council for the City of Cincinnati and President of the W.E.S.T. Golf Club.
Joyce Wright, Director