City Officials: Apply to Serve on Firefighter Retirement Plan Board

The board provides guidance to PERA’s Board of Trustees about the retirement coverage needs of volunteer firefighters.
(Published Sep 3, 2019)

The League is seeking an elected or appointed city official to serve on the Statewide Volunteer Firefighter Retirement Plan Advisory Board. The deadline to apply is Oct. 4.

The advisory board provides advice and guidance to PERA’s Board of Trustees about the retirement coverage needs of volunteer firefighters who are members of the retirement plan. It also gives guidance about the legislative and administrative changes that would assist the retirement plan in accommodating volunteer firefighters who are not members of the retirement plan.

2018 Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 353G provides for an Advisory Board made up of representatives from townships, cities, fire chiefs and volunteer firefighters.

The advisory board consists of 10 members:

  • One representative from townships, appointed by the Minnesota Association of Townships (Steve Fenske).
  • Two representatives from Minnesota cities, appointed by the League of Minnesota Cities (Calvin Larson, Mayor of Shelvin, and vacancy)
  • One Fire Chief, appointed by the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association (Jeff Sanborn).
  • One volunteer firefighter, covered by the lump-sum retirement, appointed by the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association (John King).
  • One volunteer firefighter, covered by the monthly benefit retirement, appointed by the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association (Dan Anderson).
  • Three volunteer firefighters, appointed by the Minnesota State Fire Departments Association (Marc Rosenblum, Marc Volk, and Jay Wood).
  • One representative of the State Auditor’s Office, designated by the state auditor (Rose Hennessy-Allen).

Preference will be given to officials from cities that have a fire relief association in the statewide plan.

The term for this appointment is three years (Oct. 17, 2019 to Oct. 31, 2022). There is no regularly scheduled meeting date, but this board has traditionally met once a year. Meetings are announced at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date.

—Learn more about the advisory board

How to apply

City officials interested in serving on the advisory board should submit a completed questionnaire (link below) and a resume to Ted Bengtson at tbengtson@lmc.org or by mail to 145 University Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55103. Applications are due by noon on Oct. 4.

—Download the questionnaire (pdf)

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