Richard Allen and Norman Ruggles were named finalists for the executive director position at the $2.6 billion Denver Public Schools Retirement System, according to the fund's website. They will be interviewed by the board of trustees on Sept. 9, and the new executive will be named Sept. 11 at the system's regular monthly meeting. Mr. Allen is currently assistant superintendent of budget and finance for the Denver Public School District; and Mr. Ruggles is executive director of the $1.9 billion Seattle City Employees' Retirement System. Officials of the Denver fund undertook the current search in May, after a candidate turned down a job offer earlier this year. The system has not had a permanent executive director since David Stella left in November 2003. Bob Scott was interim director until his retirement at the end of 2005, and John MacPherson, communications director, took on the interim role in January.