COAERS is now taking applications for the election for active Board Member Place 8 and Place 9. Currently, Place 8 is held by Jim Williams and Place 9 is held by Chris Noak. Their terms expire at the end of December 2017. The new terms will begin January 2018 and continue through December 2021.
To be an eligible candidate, you must be an active member of COAERS. Employees from Austin Public Health and Financial Services department are already represented on the Board of Trustees and are not eligible for this election. Applications will be available at the Retirement Office and at this link, and will be due by 5 p.m. Central Time on Friday, September 8, 2017.
A Candidates Training Workshop is scheduled for Friday, September 15, 2017 to inform candidates of Trustee duties and responsibilities. Candidates may withdraw their application after the session if they are unable to make the necessary commitments.
General Information on Board Elections
Board elections are held every year for active and retired trustee positions and are overseen by a volunteer committee called the Nominating and Election Committee. Terms for elected board members are four years and the terms are staggered so that there is an active or retired place for election every two years. As an active employee, you have the opportunity to vote for peers running for active board positions. When you retire, you can vote for the retired positions. You can also be a candidate yourself for these positions.
The volunteer Nominating and Election Committee meets approximately four times in the election year: once to kick off the election season, next to review candidate qualifications, then prepare ballot, and lastly to tabulate votes. All meetings are held at the Retirement Office at 418 E. Highland Mall. If you are interested in being a volunteer, please contact Michelle Mahaini at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidate applications are submitted in September, with ballots mailed out in October and voting by December. The newly elected board member will begin their new term the upcoming January.