Willie elected AGSI President at Conference
Willie Gleeson, long term member of the AGSI National Executive and Senior Vice-President since January this year was elected to the top office of President of the association at the Annual Delegate Conference early in April.
Willie is highly experienced in association business having worked at all levels from branch to executive, including a term as national treasurer. Currently he is sergeant in charge of the Command and Control centre in Anglesea Street station in Cork city.
Willie Gleeson, President AGSI, pictured with this year’s AGSI Excellence Award Winner, Paul Gillen.
A native of Terryglass in North Tipperary he served as a garda in Cobh, McCurtain Street – where he was the official motorcyclist – going on promotion to Castletownbere in 1992 and then back to the city in 1993 and serving in Anglesea Street, the Bridewell and Watercourse Road.
He served with the United Nations in Croatia in 1996 and 1997, initially as team leader for six months based in Vukovar and then as Chief of the Special Operations Unit where he designed police courses for a mixed team of 100 Serbs and Croats. “It was a tactical unit similar to the ERU and it worked very well on several special operations,” he said.
He worked as a unit sergeant in Anglesea St., from 1997 to 1999 when he was appointed in charge of the Cork city Command and Control.
From the time of his promotion Willie was involved in AGSI, attending all open meetings and contributing to debates. In 1999 he topped the poll in the election to the branch committee and became chairman in 2000. On the retirement of Tim Bowe in 2004 he took over as branch secretary and he retained that position until 2011 when he returned to the position of chairman on the retirement of Willie Dooley.
He was elected to the National Executive in 2001, has retained his seat there ever since and is now the longest serving executive member. He served as national treasurer from 2004 until 2010 and became senior vice-president in January this year.
Hi interests include music, he is a former member and chairman of the Cork Garda Male Voice Choir, walking, cycling, chess and sport in general.
One of the first functions attended by the newly elected AGSI President was a tribute to gardaí by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Colr Terry Shannon who during the function presented Willie with a pen set bearing the arms of the city (left). Tributes were also paid to Willie by Chief Superintendent Michael Finn.
Top picture shows, from left to right – Chief Superintendent Mick Finn, Lord Mayor of Cork Councillor Terry Shannon, Willie Gleeson and Superintendent Con Cadogan.