COAERS Board of Trustee Elections

2019 Active Member Election - Call for Candidates - Places 6 & 7

Are you interested in serving as a Trustee on the COAERS Board? We are gearing up for the upcoming COAERS Active Member Election for Places 6 & 7 to be held in December 2019. Currently, Place #6 is held by Michael Benson, and Place #7 is held by Amy Hunter.  Their terms expire December 2019.  The new term will begin January 2020 and continue through December 2023.

To be an eligible candidate, you must be an active member currently contributing to COAERS and not on a leave of absence.  Please know that employees currently employed by Austin Energy and Public Works departments cannot run in this election since these departments are currently represented on the Board.  Click here for the Application Packet, or you may pick one up in person at the COAERS office. Completed applications must be returned to the COAERS Office before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 6, 2019.

A Candidates Training Workshop will be held on Friday, September 20, 2019 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.  For a summary of fiduciary duties of the Board of Trustees, click here. 

Ballots will be mailed to active members in mid-October and must be received at COAERS before 5:00 p.m. December 2, 2019.  Make sure your address is up to date with our office.  Only active-contributing members of COAERS are eligible to vote in this election.

General Information on COAERS 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 COAERS Boardroom at 6850 Austin Center Blvd, Suite 320. If you are interested in being a volunteer, please contact Michelle Mahaini at michelle.mahaini@coaers.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.

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