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Election Results for PERS Trustee Representatives

Listed below are the results of the recent PERS elections for Trustee on the Board of Trustees. For each position, only one candidate received the requisite number of nominations; therefore, they were elected without balloting. Each term begins on July 1, 2017 and will expire on June 30, 2020.

County Position - Tracy Smith

Municipal Position – Brian Currie

State Position – William O’Brien

We encourage you to periodically check the website for PERS Board Election information. On or about August 2017 information will become available regarding a State Trustee position for a three year term beginning on July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021.


State Representatives:  Thomas Bruno – 2019; Carey Brown – 2018; William O’Brien – 2020
County Representative: Tracy Smith – 2020
Municipal Representatives: Brian Currie – 2020; Benjamin “Max” Hurst – 2019
Gubernatorial Appointments:  Edward Thomson, III; Ronald Winthers
State Treasurer’s Representative:  Susanne Culliton, Ex-Officio Member


N.J.A.C. 17:3-1.4, sets forth the procedure for the election of a member-trustee.


Irene Savicky from Cumberland County representing Group C, began her three year term on January 1, 2017.


Howard Lipoff, Group A, was the only candidate to register with the TPAF Board Secretary by the filing deadline, March 1, 2017.  Therefore, Mr. Lipoff is deemed elected without ballot to represent Group A, for a three-year term commencing on January 1, 2018.  Group A consists of Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union County.  As only one candidate registered for the trustee position for Group A, there will be no need to conduct a vote for this position.


On March 10, 2017, the respective County Superintendent’s Office received information for the selection of this year’s delegates and alternates.  Please remember to register with your respective county for the 2018 election of a member-trustee. Eligibility is determined by where you worked — not your residence; therefore, the county contact will be based on the county where you are currently employed or your school district at the time you retired. If you are interested to being a delegate/alternate for the 2018 election of a member-trustee, contact your respective County Superintendent’s Office. The names of the selected delegates and alternates must be electronically submitted to the Division no later than Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

The selection of delegates and alternates is an important part of the process.  Per N.J.A.C. 17:3-1.4, the County Superintendent is required to continue the process of annually providing the names of eligible delegates and alternates to the Board office in the event that unforeseen circumstances make it necessary to conduct a vote for a trustee position.

For complete information about current TPAF Member-Trustee Election procedures, click here.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Division of Pensions and Benefits. You may write us at the Division of Pensions and Benefits, Attn: TPAF Board of Trustees, PO Box 295, Trenton, NJ 08625-0295, or e-mail us at


Election Results for Retired PFRS Representative

A notice of election was distributed to all employing locations with enrolled PFRS POLICE members.  The Certifying Officer at your employing location is required to distribute this information to all eligible employees when the notice is received. 

Beginning in mid-June, nominations are being accepted to fill the vacancy of a “Police” Representative on the PFRS Board of Trustees.  A police representative will be elected for an unexpired term beginning December 1, 2017 and ending on June 30, 2018.  Note: Only active PFRS Police members may participate in this election.

The general responsibility for the operation of the PFRS is vested in the Board of Trustees under the provisions of N.J.S.A. 43:16A-13. The Board meets monthly at the Division of Pensions and Benefits in Trenton. The statute provides that no employee shall suffer loss of salary or wages because of serving on the Board. A member who wishes to be a candidate for the PFRS-Police unexpired position must be an active PFRS-Police member and must be nominated by at least 500 active Police members. Only active PFRS-Police members may nominate a candidate for the PFRS Police position.

If you wish to declare your interest in running for the position, please send a written request by July 7, 2017 to the PFRS Board Secretary at or PO Box 295, Trenton, NJ 08625-0296.

After the candidates have declared their interest in becoming a PFRS representative, nominations to support your choice for a candidate are made electronically through a secure web site. Please allow sufficient time after this notification for active police members to request candidacy and to have ample time for the vendor to enter the candidate’s name in the online system.  

The process is easy and it only takes a few minutes to support the candidate of your choice. You just need to have access to a computer and log on to and follow the simple directions. You will need to provide the last (4) digits of your social security number, the first (4) letters of your last name, and your birthdate. You will then see a list of all the candidates, and you can make your selection.

Nominations must be registered on-line on or before 4 p.m. Friday July 21, 2017. If an election is needed, the ballots will be mailed to the PFRS employers on or about August 25, 2017. All qualified candidates will be invited to attend the drawing by lot for position on the ballot, if necessary, on August 1, 2017.


Police Representatives: Keith Bennett-11/30/2017and Michael Kaniuk-8/31/19; Fire Representatives: Timothy Colacci-6/30/20 and Brady Middlesworth-6/30/18; Retired Representative: Marty Barrett-12/31/20; Gubernatorial Appointments: Laurel Brennan, Frank Leake, Richard Loccke and two vacant positions; State Treasurer’s Representative: Susanne Culliton, Ex- Officio Member


  • Render determinations regarding Disability retirement cases.
  • Review appeals pertaining to the disallowance of pension benefits.
  • Adopt rules and regulations to provide for the payment of benefits and collection of monies as required by the statute.
  • Establish rules and regulation within the limitations of statutes and opinions of the Courts and the Attorney General, designed to prevent injustices and inequities that may arise in the operation of the Retirement System.
  • Resolve individual questions on the merits of each case in terms of statutes, opinions of the Attorney General, advice of the Actuary and cases cited by counsel as deliberated by the Courts.
  • View monthly and annual reports setting forth data such as assets and liabilities, income and disbursements and statistical summarization of membership as documented by the Actuary.


The State Police member representatives to the Board of Trustees are appointed by the Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.


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