Board of Directors
Gerald (Jerry) R. Gramke, Chairman
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 has served as the Chairman of the Board since 1978. 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!"
Bob Pope, Vice 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 positions of
Director, Secretary, Treasurer, and currently Vice Chairman. 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, Treasurer
Mark Brown 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 began volunteering with COPFCU in 1983. He has served on the
board as a director since 1989. Mark retired from the Cincinnati Police Division in 1994 as a Sergeant.
During his time at CPD, Mark served as the President of 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 was a member of the FOP wage committee. After retiring from the CPD in 1994, Mark served as a Change
Agent Chief for Fort Wright and Dayton Kentucky Police Departments until retirement in December of 2006.
Mark lives in Ft. Wright Kentucky with his wife, Pamela, and son, Shawn.
Mike started his law enforcement career with the Cincinnati Police Cadet program after graduating from
high school in 1961. After a couple of years, Mike quit to pursue a career in music. He later went on to
become one of the founding members of the police band "Most Wanted". Mike began working again for
the police in the mid sixties. Mike served with the Deer Park, Cheviot and Blue Ash Police Departments.
Mike retired in 2002, after serving 32 years at the Blue Ash Police Department. The last nine years serving
as Chief. Mike joined the Credit Union Supervisory Committee in 1994. Upon retiring Mike has continued
in public service as a member of the Deer Park city council. Mike is also a member of the board of the Deer
Park-Silverton Joint Fire District. Mike and his wife, Renee', are the legal guardians of Shane McGowan for
the past 13 years. Mike's favorite hobby is fishing and serving the community.
Dan Argo, Director
Dan joined the Cincinnati Ohio Police Federal Credit Union as a member in 1971, the same year he
joined the Cincinnati Police Division. Dan retired from the Police Division in 1997 after 26 years of
service. In 1989, Dan became a member of the Cincinnati Ohio Police FCU's Credit Committee.
Since that time Dan has served as the Chairman of the Credit Committee, member and Chairman of
the Supervisory Committee. Dan is currently a Director on the credit union's board. Dan says "I became
sold on the value of the credit union shortly after I joined. I had stopped in the office one day inquiring
about a small loan for new carpeting for my house. A short time later, I walked out with a check in my hand."
Dennis M. Rees, Secretary
Denny joined the Cincinnati Police Division in October, 1972 after completing 4 ½ years in the Army, including
one year in Vietnam as an Infantry Platoon Leader. Denny was assigned as a Patrol Officer in Districts Four
and Five and in Research and Planning. Denny was promoted to Sergeant in 1985 and assigned to Districts
One and Four. Denny was then promoted to Lieutenant in 1987, serving at the Police Academy, Districts Two
and Three, 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 December, 2008. Denny joined the Cincinnati Police Credit
Union Board Supervisory Committee in 1989. He served as Supervisory Committee Chair from 2000-2005.
In 2005, Denny was elected to the board. He currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors.
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."
Gerry Norton, Director
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 experience.
Gerry started as a member of the Cincinnati Ohio Police FCU in 1968. He has served as a credit
committee member, a supervisory member and currently is a board member. Gerry, currently works for
Allgeier and Son Construction Company, says "the knowledge I have gained from my contacts and
involvement with the credit union has proved to be invaluable assisting with the everyday operations of a
Thomas Prem, Chairman
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
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.