The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
PUBLIC EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT ADMINISTRATION COMMISSION
5 Middlesex Avenue, 3rd Floor
Somerville, MA 02145
POLICY NO: 97 - 006
Selection of Commission Seventh Member
The Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission (Commission) must
perform its oversight function and management of affairs in an efficient and effective
manner in compliance with the laws of the Commonwealth.
When the Legislature created the Commission it mandated that the seventh member of the
Commission be selected by the other six Commission members for a term of five years
and to serve as chairman of the Commission. The Legislature further mandated that if the
vacancy occurs in the position of chairman of the Commission, the successor would be
appointed in the same manner. An appointment to a vacancy that occurs before the
expiration of a term is for the remainder of that term. The Commission therefore
establishes this policy to assure that the position of the seventh Commission member,
who also serves as chairman of the Commission, is filled in an expeditious and fair
manner, whether the position becomes vacant by expiration of the term or otherwise.
If the position of chair of the Commission becomes vacant, the Vice-Chairman shall serve
as Interim Chairman until the seventh Commission member is appointed in the manner
In the event of a vacancy in the position of the seventh member of the Commission,
whether by expiration of the term or otherwise, each Commission member may propose
any person or persons for consideration by the Commission for appointment as the
seventh Commission member.
Commission members shall submit to the Executive Director the names and brief
biographical sketches of any person or persons proposed for consideration. Submissions
should be made in sufficient time before the next scheduled Commission meeting so that
the materials can be disseminated to each Commission member by the Executive Director
at least one week prior to the Commission Meeting.
The Executive Director shall cause the matter of the selection of the seventh Commission
member to be placed on the agenda of said meeting.
The Executive Director shall notify each person proposed for consideration of the time
and place of the Commission meeting at which the matter will be considered.
During an open session at a scheduled Commission meeting the Commission members
may ask questions of each person proposed for consideration for appointment as the
seventh member of the Commission and each person proposed for consideration will be
allowed to make a brief statement to the Commission.
The selection of the seventh Commission member will take place by means of a roll call
vote of the Commission members present during an open session of a scheduled
Adopted at the Commission meeting on May 27, 1997.
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