About OPERS

Board of Trustees Election

As a member of OPERS, you have a voice in decisions and policies affecting your retirement benefits. Every member is part of a specific employee group and each group has a representative on the Board of Trustees.

The Board is ultimately responsible for all administration and management of OPERS including setting retirement system policies, approving the overall investment plan and asset allocation strategy, reviewing and approving budgets and acting as fiduciaries of the System. Individuals elected to the OPERS Board also automatically serve on the Ohio Public Employees Deferred Compensation Program Board.

Nomination Packets

The 2016 Board of Trustees

Front row (left to right): Charles Latsa, Representative for Non-teaching College/University Employees; Robert C. Smith, Treasurer-Appointed Investment Expert; James Tilling, General Assembly Appointed Investment Expert

Standing: Patrick Smith, Designee for Robert Blair, Director of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (Statutory Member); Cinthia Sledz, Representative for Miscellaneous Employees and Board Chair; Christopher Mabe, Representative for State Employees; Sean Loftus, Representative for County Employees; John W. Maurer, Representative for Retirees; Steve Toth, Representative for Retirees; Ken Thomas, Representative for Municipal Employees

Not Shown in Photo: Governor’s Appointee – Herman Mollmann

Elected Representatives

The OPERS Board is comprised of 11 trustees—seven individuals are elected by the specific group each represents. The seven elected positions on the OPERS Board of Trustees are designated for election on a staggered basis, ensuring experience and organizational knowledge is stable from year to year. Three individuals with investment expertise are appointed by Ohio’s Governor, Treasurer and jointly by the Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and the President of the Ohio Senate. The Director of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services also serves on the Board of Trustees by virtue of office.

Election 2017

Elections for three seats on the OPERS and Ohio Deferred Compensation Boards of Trustees will be held in September. Those elected will serve four-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

The three seats up for election in 2017 include one representative for each of the following groups:

Your retirement and your representation on the OPERS Board are important, so please be an active participant in the election process and cast your vote.

The Nomination Process

Any active OPERS member, with the exception of one receiving a disability benefit, is eligible for election to represent the members of their employee group on the OPERS Board of Trustees. Any OPERS retiree receiving an age and service retirement benefit or a disability benefit is eligible for election as a retiree representative.

Employee Board Seat

Under Ohio law, a candidate seeking election to an employee member Board seat is required to obtain a minimum of 500 signatures from active members within their employee group. At least 10 different counties must be represented by a minimum of 20 signatures each.

Retiree Board Seat

Under Ohio law, a candidate seeking election to a retiree Board seat is required to obtain at least 250 signatures from retirees. At least five different counties must be represented by a minimum of 10 signatures each.

2017 Election Timeline
June 1
8 a.m.
Formal notice of election posters, petitions and forms are mailed to employers and made available upon request at the OPERS office or online at opers.org
July 31 Completed nominating petitions, biographical statements and certification by candidates are due at the OPERS office no later than 4:30 p.m. Petitions postmarked on this date, but received later, are invalid.
Aug. 16 OPERS Board certifies slate of candidates
Aug. 22 Voting materials are mailed to qualified voters
Sept. 29 Last day to receive votes, which are due by midnight
Oct. 2 Election results verified under supervision of Secretary of State representative at OPERS
Oct. 18 Election results are certified by OPERS Board