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John J. McNesby


John McNesby is a 22 year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5. He has received numerous commendations and awards from the Philadelphia Police Department including Officer of the Year in 1995 and 1999. John has also received awards from the Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearm’s Bureau, The United States Senate and Congress as well as Philadelphia City Council. In December of 2008 John was nominated by the Secretary of Labor and appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as a member of the Advisory Committee on Job Corps for a two year term. In the fall of 2009, John was honored as the “Man of the Year” by the Emerald Society marking his never ending commitment to the surviving families of our killed in the line of duty officers.

In October of 2007, John was elected President of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5 in Philadelphia which represents over 14,000 active and retired police officers, the largest labor organization in Philadelphia. During his first term as president of Lodge #5, John has successfully negotiated two contracts in a poor fiscal climate. These contracts have awarded the police officers of Philadelphia outstanding medical coverage and much deserved annual raises in pay.

On October 5, 2010 John was elected to his second term as President of Lodge #5 with an overwhelming 91percent of the vote in favor of retaining his leadership.

In addition to his executive position at the union, John is also involved in numerous philanthropic events including Coats for Kids program, adopt a school, care packages for troops and raising funds for the surviving families of our slain officers of the police department.

John is a 2007 Graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program, an intense course, focusing on labor around the world that includes participants from around the world.

John and his wife Patty have been married for 17 years and have two young daughters, Meghan and Caitlyn attending MaST Community Charter School. The McNesby’s live in the Northeast section of Philadelphia.