Benita Falls Harper has been named executive director of Fort Worth Employees' Retirement Fund, the fund's board of trustees said in a news release Thursday.
Ms. Harper has been serving as interim executive director since December when Joelle Mevi, the fund's last executive director, left the post for undisclosed reasons. Prior to December, Ms. Harper served as the fund's legal counsel, a role she held since joining the fund in July 2017.
As executive director, Ms. Harper will oversee all aspects of the day-to-day administration of the $2.3 billion fund, including implementation of board policy, strategic planning, investment oversight, benefits administration, stakeholder outreach and staff development, the news release said.
Todd Cox, chair of the board of trustees, expressed confidence in Ms. Harper's experience in public pensions, law and municipal government, saying that it "will provide positive direction to the fund."
"The board looks forward to her providing sound representation to fund members, fund stakeholders and the City of Fort Worth," Mr. Cox said in the news release.
Prior to joining the fund, Ms. Harper served as a judge for Forth Worth's Southwest Municipal Court. She also worked as an attorney with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, as well as the Fort Worth City Attorney's office and the Fort Worth Human Resources Department.