A general election to select the Fire Department Employee Member of the Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners (Board) is scheduled on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. All active, sworn members of the Fire Department are encouraged to participate. The candidate elected will serve a five-year term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2022.
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 $19 billion in fund assets; and has the duty to establish actuarial assumptions and adopt rules and regulations necessary to administer the System.
Preparation for regular and special meetings requires an individual to commit hours of advanced reading of Board Reports and disability cases. The Board normally meets on the first and third Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. Most meetings are from two to four hours.
CANDIDATE PROCESS – Only active, sworn Los Angeles Fire Department members of the System are eligible to run and vote for this Board seat. Members who are interested in becoming a candidate are required to complete and submit a Notice of Intent form, with optional Occupational Ballot Designation and Statement of Qualifications, that will be mailed to all eligible members with further instructions. Due to recent changes to the election process, signature gathering by eligible members is no longer required to run as a candidate.
To qualify, candidates must mail or hand deliver the completed Notice of Intent, with optional Occupational Ballot Designation and Statement of Qualifications, to the Office of the City Clerk - Election Division, Piper Technical Center, 555 Ramirez Street, Space 300, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The completed 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 March 17, 2017. Candidates who wish to hand deliver their Notice of Intent may start on March 9, 2017, seven (7) business days preceding the above due date, and between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
VOTING PROCESS – After the candidates are determined, eligible voters will receive a ballot in the mail. Voters can begin submitting their ballots starting April 17, 2017. 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 April 25, 2017 to be counted. The ballots will be tallied on April 27, 2017 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 at (213) 978-0440 or the Administrative Services Section of the Department of Fire and Police Pensions at (213) 279-3080.