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PERA Board of Trustees Welcome New Leadership

PERA Board of Trustees Welcome New Leadership

February 19, 2019

The PERA Board of Trustees held elections for its 2019 leadership positions during a February 12 Special Board Meeting. Dr. Jaquelin Kohlasch, a State Member, was elected Board Chair and Mr. John Melia, a Municipal Member, will serve as Vice-Chair. Both have served on the PERA Board for a combined 10 years.

“I am honored to be elected Board Chair for 2019 and I look forward to working with my fellow Board Members and PERA staff to continue our focus on providing excellent customer service to our members and ensuring the long term stability of the PERA Fund.” Dr. Kohlasch said.

Former Board Chair, County Member James Maxon, announced his upcoming retirement as Fire Chief of Sandoval County Fire Department. During his tenure as Board Chair, Mr. Maxon lead several significant initiatives, including improvements to the Board’s governance structure and a comprehensive solvency plan that was recently introduced as House Bill 338 in the 2019 New Mexico Legislative Session.

Dr. Kohlasch has worked for the State of New Mexico for 27 years and is currently an auditor for the New Mexico Tax and Revenue Department. Mr. Melia has served as a firefighter and paramedic with the Albuquerque Fire Department since 2005.

PERA is governed by a 12-member Board of Trustees whose mission is to preserve, protect and administer the Trust to meet its current and future obligations and provide quality services to association members.

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