City of Hartford (Conn.) Municipal Employees Retirement Fund is searching for a director of investments, said Kathleen Palm, city treasurer and secretary of the pension commission for the $975 million fund. The pension commission is currently interviewing a dozen semi-finalists. It will choose finalists by the end of this month and a director in November, she said. "We havent had such a person for some time, Ms. Palm said. The director of investments position will now be full time, replacing Cynthia Steer, who had been a part-time, in-house consultant for the fund. Ms. Steer is now chief investment officer and senior vice president for SBLI New York.