Randy Gerke was appointed interim director-retirement services for the Nebraska Public Employees Retirement System, Lincoln, which administers the state's $8 billion in retirement assets for school employees, state employees, judges and the Nebraska State Patrol. Mr. Gerke will retain his duties as accounting and finance manager. He replaces Anna Sullivan, who resigned this summer. No further information was available about selecting a permanent director.
Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., was the first recipient of the National Council on Teacher Retirement's "Annual Award for Outstanding Service to Public Pensions," according to NCTR spokeswoman Kelly Kenneally. "Congressman Pomeroy was the clear choice to be the first recipient of this award because he is at the forefront of efforts to protect retirement security for the citizens of North Dakota and workers across the nation," Clare Barnett, president of NCTR, said in a news release. "He knows that pensions go beyond retirement security - they help retain and recruit a work force that delivers vital taxpayer services such as education for our children, police protection for our streets, and first responders for emergencies." The National Council on Teacher Retirement membership includes 77 state, territorial, local and university pension systems with trust funds with a combined $1.4 trillion in assets.