Election of Board Officers
On July 21, 2016, the Board elected Commissioners Pedram Salimpour, MD and Ruben Navarro as the new President and Vice President, respectively.
Each year, the Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners elect its Officers of the Board during the last meeting in July. On July 21, 2016, the Board elected Commissioners Pedram Salimpour, MD and Ruben Navarro as the new President and Vice President, respectively.
Commissioner Salimpour was originally appointed to the Board by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in May 2013 and re-appointed in November 2013 by Mayor Eric Garcetti. He succeeds Robert von Voigt, active Police member, who served as Board President since July 2015. As President, he will preside over the Board’s primary responsibility to oversee the administration of the pension system; its assets, investments, actuarial services, rules and regulations. Additionally, the Board President provides leadership in furthering the mission of LAFPP “to advance the health and retirement security of those who dedicate their careers and risk their lives to protect the people of Los Angeles,” and the delivery of professional and prompt services to over 25,000 active and retired members. The Board President also exercises the following duties:
- Approves the Board agenda; presides at all Board meetings, ensuring that such meetings are conducted in an efficient manner and in accordance with the City Charter and Administrative Code, applicable public meeting laws, and relevant Board policies;
- Determines who shall act as spokesperson for the System should the need arise; and,
- Approves the travel expenses incurred by the General Manager and the Board, as appropriate.
As Vice President, Commissioner Ruben Navarro will assume the duties of the Board President when the President is absent or if the President should delegate the Vice President to act. He will also assume the duties of the President if the President becomes unable to carry out his duties. Commissioner Navarro was first elected to the Board by active Fire members in November 2009. Commissioner Navarro succeeds Commissioner Salimpour, who served as the Board’s Vice President since July 2015.
The Board consists of nine members, of which Commissioner Salimpour is one of the five members appointed by the Mayor. Commissioner Navarro is one of the four members elected by active and retired Plan members.