Published: October 16, 2017
election for the Third Trustee Position representing general members shall be
held on December 5, 2017.
is hereby given that a regular election for the Third Trustee of the Sonoma
County Employees’ Retirement Association (SCERA) Board shall be held on
December 5, 2017. This position is elected by the active general (non-Safety)
membership. The term for this position will be from January 1, 2018 to December
papers may be obtained at the SCERA office, 433 Aviation Boulevard, Suite 100,
Santa Rosa, CA between October 11, 2017 and October 30, 2017 (Deadline extended due to the fires). No fewer than
five but no more than ten signatures of qualified (active general membership)
voters are required on the petition, which must be filed at SCERA no later than 5:00 p.m.
on October 30, 2017 (Deadline extended due to the fires).
the event there is only one nominee, no election shall be held and the nominee
shall be declared elected.
who wish to submit a statement of their qualifications for office may obtain
blank forms from SCERA during the nomination period beginning October 11, 2017.
Statements must be submitted to SCERA for publication by 5:00 p.m. on October 30, 2017 (Deadline extended due to the fires), the last date to file nomination petitions. Qualifications
statements so submitted will be distributed with the official ballots.
the close of the nomination period, SCERA shall conduct a random drawing of the
nominated candidates to determine the order of the candidates’ names on the
November 15, 2017 SCERA shall mail to each eligible voter a ballot containing
the names of qualified nominees and space for a write-in candidate.
ballots must be returned to the Registrar of Voters at 435 Fiscal Drive,
Santa Rosa, CA 95403 prior to 5:00 p.m. on December 5, 2017. Any ballots
received thereafter will not be counted in the official canvass of the vote.
Your name, signature, department and employee identification number on the back
of the ballot return envelope must be completed legibly in order for the vote
to be counted as eligible.
December 6, 2017 the Registrar of Voters shall canvass the returns of the
election and shall certify the results thereof to the Board of Retirement and
to the Board of Supervisors. The candidate receiving the highest number of
votes shall be declared elected.
canvass of the returns, conducted in the Registrar of Voters Office at 435
Fiscal Dr., Santa Rosa, California 95403, shall be open to the public.
Must be an active
general (non-Safety) member of the Sonoma County Employees’ Retirement
A “Petition for
Nomination” form shall be filed with SCERA by the nomination deadline with not
less than five but no more than ten signatures of qualified (active general
petition shall include a statement by the nominee indicating their consent to
be a candidate.
Retirement Board’s primary duty is its fiduciary responsibility to its members
and their beneficiaries. The Board is also responsible for the administration
and investment of Retirement System funds. More specifically some of the
responsibilities of each Retirement Board trustee are as follows:
In accordance with applicable statutes, to determine whether disability
applications are service connected, non-service connected or not eligible to be
judged a disability at all.
Survey: To review actuarial surveys, take necessary action on the funding
progress of the system and the setting of actuarial assumptions, and make
recommendations to the Board of Supervisors regarding contribution rates to be
To assist in the development of an investment plan for both short and long
range scenarios. To provide for adequate diversification so as to minimize risk
of loss and maximize rate of return.
Capacity: To perform all the above with care, skill, prudence and diligence
such as a prudent person in like capacity, and familiar with these matters,
would use. To exhibit a high degree of integrity and honesty as well as a
knowledge of all the above responsibilities to maintain the confidence and trust
of the system members.
Fulfilling these fiduciary responsibilities
requires a significant time commitment for meeting preparation and attendance
as well as ongoing training related to the above duties.