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Nominations are being accepted to fill the position of one elected “State” position, and one elected “County” position, to the PERS Board of Trustees.  The State position term will expire as of June 30, 2015*; the County position is open to fill an unexpired term with two years remaining, through June 30, 2017*.  If you wish to declare your interest in running for one of the positions, please send a written request to the PERS Board Secretary at or PO Box 295, Trenton, NJ 08625-0295.

The general responsibility for the operation of the PERS is vested in the Board of Trustees under N.J.S.A. 43:15A-17.  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 one of the above positions must be an active or retired member of the PERS and must be nominated by at least 500 active PERS members.  Only State employees may petition for State Representative; and only County employees may petition for County Representative.  Instructions for the nominating process are available upon receipt of a written request to the Secretary of the PERS Board of Trustees.

After the candidates have declared their interest in becoming a PERS representative, nominations to support your choice for a candidate are now made electronically through a secure website. The process is very easy and only takes a few minutes to support the candidate of your choice. You only need to have access to a computer and log on to: and follow the simple directions. The only information 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 January 9, 2015. If an election is needed, All qualified candidates will be invited to attend the drawing by lot for position on the ballot on January 30, 2015. Ballots will then be mailed to PERS employers for distribution on or about April 1, 2015.

Please note that the original Certifying Officer memo has been reissued for distribution on November 17, 2014, due to a weak response.

For additional information, please see the November 17, 2014 reissue of the Certifying Officer letter and accompanying PERS Notice of Election provided at the link below. For convenience, links for the PERS State Nominating Petition (2015) and the PERS County Nominating Petition (2015) have also been provided.

CO Letter in Printable Format Adobe PDF (50K)

PERS State Nominating Petition (2015) Adobe PDF (11K)

PERS County Nominating Petition (2015) Adobe PDF (9K)




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