Richard Wells is the current president of the Police Conference of New York (PCNY). He has served in that capacity since 2007, after having risen through top positions on the Executive Board. Additionally, he served as Chair of the PCNY’s Legislative Committee for many years.
He began his police career in 1973, when he was appointed to the Village of Hempstead Police Department, and his union career commenced in 1978, when he was elected as a delegate in the Hempstead PBA. He went on to hold the offices of Recording Secretary and Vice President before being elected as President in 1989, a position he held for 18 years until his retirement. From 1988 until his retirement in 2007, he also held the appointed position of Legislative Chair for the Nassau (County) Police Conference.
During his police career, and concurrent with his positions as an elected union official, Richard was promoted to Police Sergeant in 1989 and Police Lieutenant in 1993. Upon retirement in 2007, he became president of PCNY.
Richard also serves in the following capacities:
Legislative Chair and Area Vice President for National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO)
Recording Secretary of the New York State Public Employee Conference (NYSPEC)
Member of the State of New York Police Officers' Memorial Advisory Committee
Member of the Governor's Police Officer of the Year Advisory Committee
Member of the Comptroller's Advisory Council for the NYS Employees' Retirement System
Member of the NYS Civil Service Police Examination Review Committee
Member of the NYS Law Enforcement Accreditation Council
Dixon A. Palmer is First Vice President of the Police Conference of New York. He has held this position since 2007, and previously served as the Second Vice President, Third Vice President, and Recording Secretary.
During his tenure at the PCNY, Dixon served as President of the Police Association of Suffolk County in 2001, and has held the position of Chairman of the Board of that organization since 2009.
In 1980, Dixon became a part-time Police Officer for the Riverhead Town Police Department and the Southampton Village Police Department, and became a full-time Police Officer for Riverhead in 1985, where he served as a patrol officer for five years.
In 1990, Dixon was assigned to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office East End Drug Task Force as an undercover Police Officer. He also worked in Riverhead’s street cime unit until he became a Detective, the rank he held until his retirement from the Police Department in January 2019.
Dixon was an active member of the Riverhead PBA for 31 of his 35 years in law enforcement, where he spent two years on the Board of Directors, 10 as Vice President, and 19 as President.
Thomas H. Mungeer joined the New York State Police in 1993 and currently serves as the President of the Troopers PBA, a position he has held since 2009. In addition, he is currently the Chairman of the National Troopers Coalition and the Northeast Regional Troopers Coalition, Co-Chairman of the New York State Public Employees Conference, Second Vice President of the Police Conference of New York and serves as an Area Vice President with the National Association of Police Organizations and is active with several statewide police and public employee organizations. Mungeer has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Ithaca College. He is the parent of four children and lives in Sullivan County.
Recording Secretary John Evans is a member of the Buffalo Police Department. John was elected to the Buffalo PBA Executive Board in January of 2012.
He has served the Buffalo PBA as Recording Secretary, 2nd Vice President, 1st Vice President, and currently as President.
Daniel Fitzpatrick is the President of the Suffolk County Detectives Association (SDA). He has worked in Suffolk County law enforcement for the past twenty-nine years, the last eighteen of which as a Detective. He has also spent fifteen years holding a union leadership position within the SDA, holding every key position from Delegate, Trustee, Treasurer, to Vice President. Like his predecessors, Daniel remains vigilant in promoting a safe and healthy work environment for his members, as well as advocating for rights as officers.
Daniel also has over a decade of experience working in Albany. As a member of the New York State Association of PBAs legislative committee, he advocated for police officer rights and against issues that were not only detrimental to officer safety, but the public as well. For the past four years, Daniel has also served as the Treasurer of the NY State Association of PBAs. He was an integral part of the team that merged the two largest police organizations in New York. Daniel now serves as the Treasurer of the Police Conference of New York, which represents over 65,000 officers throughout the State.
Daniel is a lifelong resident of Long Island and has resided in Huntington for over 25 years with his wife Anne. Together they have raised their four children. When not working, Daniel enjoys camping, backpacking, woodworking, and is always up for a round of bad golf.
PCNY Executive Director Michael O’Meara started his law enforcement career in 1990 as a Long Island Railroad Police Officer (MTA Police since 1998). He quickly became involved in the PBA, and served over the years as Delegate, Secretary, Vice President and presently as President of the MTA PBA. He has been serving as President of the MTA PBA since 2013.
He was appointed to the New York State Association of PBAs Legislative Committee as a lobbyist in 2001, requiring him to be present in Albany for all legislative session days advocating on behalf of the Police in NYS. He served the association in that capacity for 12 years before being appointed to the position of Treasurer. He eventually went on to serve as Vice President, and President of the association, and continued in that capacity until the merge with the PCNY in 2021, when he took on the new role of Executive Director of PCNY.
Michael has also served on the NYS Comptrollers Advisory Council, The NYS Governor’s Police Officer of the Year Committee, the NYS Police Officer Memorial Committee, as a Legislative Director and member of the Board of Directors for the NYS Public Employee Conference, and on numerous legislative panels and committees.
Jim Carty started his law enforcement career in 1994 with the NYPD but quickly left to join the Rockville Centre Police Department. Jim joined the RVC PBA Board as a Delegate in 2000. He moved on to Corresponding Secretary and Recording Secretary before becoming President, a position he has held since 2008.
Jim is the current Vice President of the Nassau Police Conference and was Sergeant-At-Arms with the New York State Association of PBAs until its merger with the Police Conference of NY.
Jim lives in Nassau County with his wife and 3 children.
Jim Tuttle graduated from St. Lawrence University with a B.A. in 1971 and from the Albany Law School of Union University with a J.D. in 1975. He served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York from 1976-1981 when he joined the law firm of Harvey, Harvey, Mumford & Kingsley where he became a partner. He left that firm in 1987 to form the law firm of Dreyer, Kinsella, Boyajian & Tuttle. In 1995, he opened his own practice.
Jim has represented police officers throughout his career, defending them in civil rights actions and disciplinary proceedings, representing them as plaintiffs in 205-e cases and representing officers and PBAs in all matters involving the civil service law, the Retirement & Social Security Law and the Taylor Law. Jim has served as General Counsel to the Police Conference of New York, Inc. since 1987, and also represents numerous PBAs across upstate New York
Following more than 35 years as a Police Officer, and after advocating for his former union members and other law enforcement officers, and public employees in general, for many years, for the past 15 years Bing Markee has worked as a full-time registered lobbyist, specializing in and concentrating on legislative advocacy at the state level in Albany, New York.
During this most recent chapter in his life, he served as the Legislative Director of the New York State Association of PBAs (NYSAP), an umbrella organization comprising scores of law enforcement groups representing police officers. In 2022, NYSAP merged into the Police Conference of New York (PCNY), forming the largest police organization in New York State. Bing now serves as the Legislative Director for PCNY.
In January 2007, Bing retired from the Port Authority (of New York & New Jersey) Police Department, where he enjoyed a long career as a Police Officer. He served on the Executive Board of the Port Authority PBA as an elected official for more than 27 years, including a full term as its President. He served as Chair of the Legislative and Pension Committee for the Port Authority PBA from 1993-2006.
Bing served as the Sergeant-at-Arms for the Police Conference of New York for 15 years, beginning in 1990. He also served for many years as the Vice President At-Large, and as a member of the Legislative Committee, for the National Association of Police Organizations.
Following the 9/11 attack, Bing was appointed Chair of the 9/11 Committee of the New York State Public Employee Conference (NYSPEC). For several years he served as Co-Chair, with the venerable Floyd Holloway, of the NYSPEC Legislative Committee, and has served as its sole Chair since January 2007.
Bing represented NYSAP on the Governor's Police Officer Memorial Advisory Committee, the Governor’s Police Officer of the Year Award Committee, and the Comptroller’s Advisory Council for the New York State Employees’ Retirement System.
Born in Manhattan, raised in the South Bronx and then Queens, he is a “born-and-bred New York City boy”. At the age of 18, during the Vietnam War, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, and is an honorably discharged combat veteran. He is a proud Life Member of the following organizations: Disabled American Veterans, Marine Corps League, Vietnam Veterans of America, and Veterans of Foreign Wars, and is distinctly honored to have been awarded the Vietnam Veterans of America Achievement Medal for his pro bono Publico work as a lobbyist for that organization.
He has a baccalaureate degree from SUNY’s Empire State College, where he majored in Labor Studies.A proud and loving Father and Grandfather, Bing lives happily ever after with none of his ex-wives.