ELECTION – FIRE DEPARTMENT RETIRED MEMBER BOARD OF FIRE AND POLICE PENSION COMMISSIONERS
The current term for the Fire Department Retired Member of the Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners will end on June 30, 2020. The Office of the City Clerk, in conjunction with the Department of Fire and Police Pensions, is scheduled to conduct an Election on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, to fill that position. All retired, sworn members of the Fire Department are encouraged to participate. The candidate elected will serve a five-year term that begins July 1, 2020 and ends June 30, 2025.
BOARD MEMBER DUTIES – The Board exercises the prudent person standard in the discharge of its duties. It has sole and exclusive fiduciary responsibility to administer the Fire and Police Pension System (System) and its assets; has the authority to set and adopt investment policies for over $23 billion in fund assets; and has the duty to establish actuarial assumptions and adopt rules and regulations necessary to properly fund and administer the System.
Preparation for regular and special meetings requires a Commissioner to commit several hours of advance reading of Board Reports and disability cases. The Board normally meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 8:30 a.m. The duration of most meetings is from two to four hours.
CANDIDATE PROCESS – Only retired, sworn Los Angeles Fire Department members of the System are eligible to run and vote for this Board seat. Members who wish to qualify for the ballot are required to complete and submit the following documents to the Office of the City Clerk – Election Division, 555 Ramirez Street, Space 300, Los Angeles, CA 90012: 1) Notice of Intent to run for office; 2) Occupational Ballot Designation (Optional); and 3) Statement of Qualifications for office (Optional). The Office of the City Clerk will mail these documents beginning on Friday, January 31, 2020, to all eligible members with further instructions. Candidates who wish to hand deliver their completed Notice of Intent may do so beginning on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Notice of Intent must be received by mail or in person by the Office of the City Clerk – Election Division by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2020.
VOTING PROCESS – After the candidates are determined, ballots will be mailed to eligible voters beginning on Friday, March 6, 2020. Voters who wish to submit their ballots in person may do so beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020. To be counted all completed ballots must be received by mail or in person by the Office of the City Clerk – Election Division by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The ballots will be tallied on Thursday, April 2, 2020 in the presence of the observers designated by each candidate.
QUESTIONS – Inquiries regarding the election process may be directed to the Office of the City Clerk – Election Division at (213) 978-0440 or the Administrative Services Section of the Department of Fire and Police Pensions at (213) 279-3080.