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November 9, 2016


All mail and correspondence should be sent to:

City of Fort Lauderdale
General Employees' Retirement System
316 NE 4th Street, Suite 2
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Office: 954-828-5171
Toll Free: 888-269-4447
Fax: 954-828-5270

An election is being conducted for two positions on the Board of Trustees of the General Employees’ Retirement System (GERS). Both positions are for three-year terms, which will begin on January 1, 2017 and expire on December 31, 2019. Ballots and election materials will be mailed out to members that are eligible to vote on November 10, 2016. The election will conclude on December 2, 2016 and the results will be announced on December 9, 2016.
The annual retirement seminar conducted on September 23, 2016 was a success with 66 active members attending and receiviving information on Social Security benefits, estate planning, post employment City benefits, Medicare, long-term care and taxes. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicholas Schiess as the new Pension Administrator for the General Employees' Retirement System. Mr. Schiess comes to GERS with a wide array of experience and looks forward to serving the membership beginning April 25, 2016. Please join the Trustees in welcoming Mr. Schiess to GERS. For more information about our new Administrator, click on his name underlined above.
At GERS' Board of Trustees meeting on March 3, 2016, GERS Auditors, Crowe Horwath LLP presented GERS' Audit Report for fiscal year ending 09/30/2015. The Board unanimously approved acceptance of the report which included their "unmodified opinion". Click here to view the report - 2015 Audit Report
Congratulations to GERS' newly elected Trustee, Lynn Wenguer. Ms. Wenguer's term is from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2017. The GERS Board and staff would like to thank all candidates who submitted a profile.

Ron Cameron was recently appointed to GERS' Board of Trustees. Mr. Cameron's term is from Junauary 1, 2016 through December 31, 2018. Mr. Cameron previously served six years as a Trustee on GERS Board.
At the December 3rd Board meeting, the Trustees said good bye to 2 long serving members of the Board. Darlene Pfeiffer and Julie Cameron attended their last scheduled Board meeting. The Trustees thanked them for their service and wished them well. Click on their names to see a picture of Chairman Darmanin presenting each with a plaque.
On October 13, 2015, the 316 Building and 300 Property owned by GERS were sold. Real Estate Property Manager, VMC Realty reported this investment returned 20.5%. Included in the final agreement is 3 years of free office rent for GERS.
October 1, 2015

Please join the Board of Trustees in wishing GERS' Pension Administrator, David Desmond well in his retirement years. After 15 years of dedicated service Mr. Desmond decided to join the hundreds of retirees he processed over his career with GERS.
Click here to see Chairman Darmanin present Mr. Desmond with a plaque.

Do you know when to begin your pension? Click here.

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