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Chances are, you don’t get very excited when you hear someone say, “board meeting.”

But service on the Retirement Fund’s Board of Trustees is different. The Board’s work is always changing, always interesting, and very meaningful. As a Board member, you are actively involved in determining the strategic direction and leadership of the Fund. In short, participation on the Board is an opportunity to play a direct role in monitoring the progress of the pension and ensuring its success. Learn more about the roles and responsibilities of a Board member. 

For 2022, three seats will be open on the Board of the Fort Worth Employees’ Retirement Fund:

Place 2 - Active Firefighters
Place 4 - Active General Employees in Group D
Place 6 - Retired Police (Civil Service only)

Click here to learn about the eligibility requirements for candidates. Key election dates:

Nominations Opened May 9 Closed 4 p.m. June 10 CLOSED
Elections Opened July 5 Closed 4 p.m. August 9 CLOSED
Results Announced at Board meeting August 24 Pending

Nomination Process
Please note that nominations closed at 4 p.m. Friday, June 10. 

Active and retired members each have access to an online nominations platform. The two groups have slightly different processes.

Active Employees
In order to be nominated for Places 1, 2, 3, or 4, active employees must obtain at least 75 signatures of regular (not temporary) employees from the department/group they wish to represent.

Active employees have two ways to collect petition signatures: Online and on paper. Details:

Online option:  A link to the nomination website will be posted here on May 9. Active employees also will receive an email from YesElections (the third-party company managing the election). This email will contain a link to the nomination website. All eligible active employees can access the site throughout the nomination period to add their virtual signature to the petition of any nominee.

Paper option: An active employee who would like to run for the board may also download a petition and collect signatures from other employees in their department or group. 

Nominees can obtain signatures using the paper method, the online method, or both. Regardless of the method used, the number of signatures must be at least 75. The deadline to collect the signatures and submit a petition is 4 p.m. Friday, June 10, 2022. 

In order to be nominated for Places 5, 6, or 7, a retiree must receive at least 25 nominations from retirees in their retiree group.

Retirees also have online and paper options for collecting signatures.

Online option: A link to the nomination website will be posted here on May 9. Once on the site, retirees will use a search tool to find and select the person whom they would like to nominate. If there is more than one person by the same name, the member's retirement date will also be visible. Once the correct person is selected, the retiree will be asked to electronically sign the form and submit the form the nomination.

Place 6 Nominations Site

Paper option: The Retirement Fund will mail a nomination form to the retirees in each group eligible to vote. Retirees must fill out the form and mail it to YesElections, using the return envelope included with the form. YesElections must receive the form by 4 p.m. Friday, June 10, 2022. 

For more information about the nomination process, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Election Process
All active employees and retirees who are eligible to vote will receive a ballot in the mail from YesElections, the third-party company managing the election.

Members can vote one of three ways: via phone, mail, or online. Instructions for each method are specified on the ballot. To avoid duplicate counting of votes, each ballot has a unique Election Code and Voting PIN. All votes must be registered by the date stated on the ballot as specified by the Retirement Fund.

Election results are delivered to the Fund’s Executive Director by YesElections. The Board of Trustees will canvass the results of the election and certify the nominees that are elected to the Board at their regular monthly meeting,