2012-01-19 / News

Keiser named to pension study commission

Town Administrator Bruce Keiser was one of 14 members recently named to the state’s municipal pension study commission that was established by the Rhode Island Retirement Security Act of 2011.

The panel is charged with reviewing existing legislation and pension plan administrative practices and making recommendations for the improved security and funding of locally administered plans and other post-retirement benefit obligations of cities and towns.

Sen. President Teresa Paiva Weed and House Speaker Gordon Fox were asked to name to the commission a mayor of a city or town with a population greater than 50,000; a mayor of a city or town with a population of less than 50,000; and a town manager or administrator. Along with Keiser, the two municipal officials chosen were Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena.

Rosemary Booth Gallogly, the director of the Department of Revenue, will chair the commission. Also on the panel are three members appointed by Governor Chafee: Paul Doughty of the International Association of Firefighters; Jean Bouchard, municipal vice president for Council 94 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; and Sgt. Steven St. Pierre of the Bristol Police Department.

Legislative appointments included Antonio Pires, a former state representative and former chairman of the House Committee on Finance who was appointed by Fox, and J. Michael Lenihan, a former state senator and former chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance who was appointed by Paiva Weed.

Rounding out the 14-member panel is Dennis Hoyle, acting auditor general; Treasurer Gina Raimondo; Cranston Mayor Alan Fung, representative from the League of Cities and Towns; John Simmons, representative from the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council; and a representative from the Department of Administration, who has yet to be named.

“I look forward to the findings of this commission as we continue our efforts to protect the property taxpayer, provide retirement security for employees and retirees, and address the financial issues facing our municipalities,” Governor Chafee said.

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