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The election for State and county Trustee positions for the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) is currently open.  Eligible PERS members may cast a ballot for the candidate of their choice through May 31, 2015, at 5 PM.
A few points of information that might be helpful:

  1. Ballots for voting for the positions of State and County representative to the PERS Board of Trustees were shipped on April 1, 2015. 
  2. PERS members who are eligible to vote will receive their ballots from the Certifying Officer at their employing location. 
  3. PERS members who were identified as active PERS members as of December 31, 2014 will receive a ballot at their place of employment.  Ballots should be distributed by April 14th.
  4. If a member doesn’t receive a ballot but thinks he or she should have:  Active PERS member who do not receive a ballot would usually be those who were on leave of absence at the end of 2014, or are just recently enrolled in the PERS. A member who did not receive a ballot must make a request to their Certifying Officer who will pass along the request to office of the Board Secretary.  The Certifying Officer is usually found in the HR or Payroll section.
  5. The closing date for the PERS Trustee election is May 31 at 5PM. All ballots cast, whether online, by phone, or by mail, must be received no later than May 31, 2015 at 5 PM.


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


Howard D. Lipoff, from Bergen County, registered with the TPAF Board Secretary by the filing deadline, February 1, 2014. Therefore, in accordance with N.J.A.C. 17:3-1.4, Howard Lipoff is deemed elected without ballot to represent Group A for a three-year term commencing on January 1, 2015.  Group A consists of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union counties.


The current election is to fill a trustee position from Group B, for a three-year term commencing on January 1, 2016.  Group B consists of Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Warren counties.

Names of those who wish to become a candidate for this position must be a resident of the State of New Jersey and must be employed in or retired from one of the counties listed above in Group B.  Written letters of interest for this position will be accepted by the Secretary of the TPAF Board no later than February 1, 2015

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


The following election notice is being distributed at this time for the position of one elected police officer to the PFRS Board of Trustees, to fill a vacancy* on the Board.

One State Street Square - 50 West State Street - P.O. BOX 295 - Trenton, NJ 08625-0295 or

Nominations are being accepted to fill the position of one elected police officer to the PFRS Board of Trustees to fill a vacancy* on the Board. The term will begin on September 1, 2015 and will expire on August 31, 2019. If you wish to declare your interest in running for the position, please send a written request to the PFRS Board Secretary at or PO Box 295, Trenton, NJ 08625-0295.

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 police position must be an active PFRS law enforcement officer and must be nominated by at least 500 active PFRS police members. Only active PFRS police members may nominate a candidate for the PFRS police position.

After the candidates have declared their interest in becoming a PFRS representative, nominations to support your choice for a candidate are now made electronically through a secure website. Please be sure to allow sufficient time after this notification for active police
members to request candidacy and to have ample time for the vendor to enter the member’s name to the online system. Afterwards, the process is very 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 is the last 4 digits of your social security number, the first 4 letters of your last name, and your year/month of birth. The list of those declaring their interest in being a candidate will then be available for your selection.

Nominations must be registered on-line on or before 4:00 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2015. If an election is needed, the ballots will be mailed to the PFRS employers on or about May 26, 2015. All qualified candidates will be invited to attend the drawing by lot for position on the
ballot, if necessary, on May 4, 2015.

We appreciate your assistance in supporting the electronic nominating process. By doing so you are helping to decrease administrative costs and preserve resources!


Police Officers: Keith Bennett-6/30/18; *Vacancy-8/31/19
Firefighters: Timothy Colacci-6/30/16; Brady Middlesworth-6/30/18;
Retired member: Marty Barrett-12/31/16;
Gubernatorial Appointments:
Laurel Brennan; Vincent Foti; Frank Leake; Richard Loccke;
State Treasurer 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.

CO Letter in Printable Format Adobe PDF (47K)

Candidate List


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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