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.
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.
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:
- County Employees - Representing those working at a county job within the state of Ohio. Download a complete list of County employers.
- Miscellaneous Employees - Representing those employed by one of the following: park district, conservancy district, sanitary district, health district, township, metropolitan housing authority, state retirement systems, public library, county law library, union cemetery, joint hospital, or institutional commissary. Download a complete list of Miscellaneous employers.
- Retirees - One of two seats representing age and service and disability retirees. The two retiree seats do not come up for election in the same year. The other retiree representative seat will be up for election in 2018.
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|
|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|