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2020 Retirement Board Election

The Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island (ERSRI) will hold an election for seven new Board members in January 2020. 

The 15-member Retirement Board oversees the state’s pension system and is responsible for its administration. The board approves disability pensions, votes on the target investment rate of return and other assumptions, and certifies employer contribution rates. The board meets quarterly and has four standing subcommittees that meet monthly.

If you are interested in running for election to the State Retirement Board, nomination papers will be available beginning September 12, 2019 at ERSRI (50 Service Avenue, Warwick, RI 02886). Potential candidates must secure 100 valid signatures from your membership group and return the nomination papers to ERSRI by October 16, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Board seats up for election, and the members currently serving in those seats, include:

Active state employee representatives:
1. Paul L. Dion, Ph.D.
2. Claire M. Newell

Active teacher representatives:
1. John P. Maguire
2. Michael J. Twohey

Active municipal employee representative:
1. Thomas M. Lambert

Retiree member representatives:
1. Roger P. Boudreau
2. Raymond J. Pouliot

Any active contributing or retired ERSRI member as of September 15, 2019 is eligible to run for election to the State Retirement Board. In addition, active contributing members and retired ERSRI members as of September 15, 2019 may vote for a candidate within their respective membership groups.

Once the ballot has been formalized, each ERSRI member will receive a ballot and candidate information sheet by mail. The State Board of Elections will tally the votes on behalf of ERSRI.

The Retirement Board also includes the following members:

  • General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, chair, ex officio member;
  • Mark A Carruolo, public representative (appointed by the Governor);
  • Brian M. Daniels, Executive Director, League of Cities and Towns, ex officio member;
  • Michael Dibiase, Director of Administration, ex officio member;
  • Thomas A. Mullaney,State Budget Officer ex officio member;
  • Jean Rondeau, public representative (appointed by the Governor);
  • Dr. Laura Shawhughes, public representative (appointed by the General Treasurer); and
  • Lisa A. Whiting, public representative (appointed by the General Treasurer)

Important Dates for the January 2020 Retirement Board Election 

September 12, 2019:   Nomination papers will be available at 50 Service Avenue.
October 16, 2019:        The deadline to submit nomination papers to 50 Service Avenue is 4 P.M.
November 2019 Election Subcommittee Meeting: A lottery for ballot order will be held during the meeting.
December 27- 31, 2019: Ballots will be mailed to all retirees and members who are eligible to vote.
January 31, 2020:         All completed ballots must be postmarked by this date.
February 2020:             The R.I. Board of Elections will tabulate ballots.
March 4, 2020:              New members will be sworn in at the Retirement Board meeting.