Board of Trustees
PERA is governed by its Board of Trustees. The Board approves PERA’s operating budget, decides legislative policy and priorities, and hires the executive director. In addition, the Trustees establish the policies and procedures that govern operations at PERA, hear and rule on appeal matters of disabilitants, retirees, and members, and direct the dissemination of information to PERA’s members.
Board Trustees do not receive compensation for their service to PERA, but are reimbursed for necessary expenses incurred while serving the association.
The PERA Board of Trustees consists of eleven members. The State Auditor is a member of the Board by statute. Five trustees are appointed by the Governor to represent cities, counties, school boards, retirees and the public, respectively. The remaining five members are elected by the PERA membership at large to represent the general active membership, Police and Fire plan members and all benefit recipients. All elected and appointed Board members serve four-year terms. The State Attorney General’s office provides legal counsel to the Association.
Becoming a Trustee
Board of Trustees Election Process
Five PERA members are elected to serve on the Board for four-year terms. Three of the seats are filled by active (presently working) members of the Association’s three largest defined benefit plans. The fourth seat is specifically designated to be occupied by an active member of the Police & Fire Plan. The fifth seat is designated to be filled by a former member of PERA who is either receiving a retirement annuity or disability benefit.
All five trustees will be elected at large by the retirees, benefit recipients, and active members of PERA’s General, Police & Fire Plans, and Correctional Plans. Defined Contribution Plan participants who do not also belong to one of the Association’s defined benefit plans cannot vote.
Open Appointment Process
The Governor appoints five trustees to represent Minnesota cities, counties, school boards, retired annuitants, and the general public. The Trustees appointed to these positions also serve a four-year term.
Current openings for all state councils, boards, task forces, and commissions, along with application forms, and facts and questions (FAQ’s) can be found on the Secretary of State’s website under “Open Appointments.”
Vacant Retired, Disabled, and Survivor Representative Position
The PERA Board of Trustees is seeking candidates to fill the Retired, Disabled, and Survivor Representative seat on the Board. The four-year term ends in January 2023. PERA will accept applications from February 19 through March 19, 2019. Interested applicants must be a member of PERA who is either receiving a retirement annuity or disability benefit, and can apply by completing a brief biography and answering three questions concerning the position.
If there are more than five candidates for the position, a subcommittee of the Board will review the candidate statements and present a slate of three to five candidates for consideration by the Board of Trustees at the April 11, 2019 Board meeting.
Trustees meet seven times a year to oversee the administration of the pension funds. Board members act as PERA fiduciaries in accordance with Minnesota law and establish the policies and procedures that govern operations at PERA, hear and rule on appeal matters of disabled, retired, and active members, and direct the dissemination of information to PERA’s members. Further information about the duties and powers of the Board, can be found under Minnesota Statutes 353.03.
Download Biographical Sketch and Questions
Return to Gladys Rodriguez by email, Gladys.email@example.com, or regular mail to 60 Empire Drive, St. Paul, MN 55103-2088.
The application must be received in our office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 19, 2019.
REGULAR MEETING SCHEDULE
BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Trustee of the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) that the following dates will be scheduled for Regular Board Meetings and Planning Workshop for the year 2019. The Board will meet the second Thursday or third Thursday of the following months beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Room 117 of the State Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building, 60 Empire Drive, St. Paul, Minnesota, unless otherwise noted.
February 21, 2019 (third Thursday)
April 11, 2019
May 9, 2019
June 13, 2019
August 8, 2019
October 10, 2019 (Meeting and Planning Workshop)
December 12, 2019
Notice: Some Trustees may be participating in meetings via conference telephone; when a Trustee is participating from a remote location, the public may monitor these meetings by telephone. Persons wishing to do so should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on the links below for agendas and minutes.
Please note that meeting minutes are not posted until approved by the Board.
2018 PERA Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes
|January 09, 2018 — Special Meeting||Agenda||Minutes|
|February 08, 2018||Agenda||Minutes|
|April 12, 2018||Agenda||Minutes|
|May 10, 2018||Agenda||Minutes|
|June 14, 2018||Agenda||Minutes|
|August 09, 2018||Agenda||Minutes|
|August 30, 2018 — Facilities Management Committee||Agenda||Minutes|
|October 11, 2018 — Meeting and Planning Workshop||Agenda||Minutes|
|December 13, 2018||Agenda||Minutes|
2017 PERA Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes
|February 09, 2017||Agenda||Minutes|
|April 13, 2017||Agenda||Minutes|
|May 11, 2017||Agenda||Minutes|
|June 08, 2017||No Meeting|
|August 10, 2017||Agenda||Minutes|
|October 12, 2017 Meeting and Planning Workshop||Agenda||Minutes|
|December 14, 2017||Agenda||Minutes|