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OPERS Board Names Joseph A. Fox Interim Director, Plans of Search for Permanent Director

The Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) met today to announce the appointment of Joseph A. Fox as interim director of the System effective November 1, 2014. Mr. Fox fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Tom Spencer, who is leaving OPERS to become the executive director of the Oklahoma Teachers’ Retirement System effective November 1st.

“The OPERS Board is pleased to appoint Joe to serve in this capacity,” said OPERS Board Chair DeWayne McAnally. “We greatly appreciate his willingness to step up at this critical time and provide continuity and leadership as we search for a permanent director.”

Mr. Fox has been the general counsel for OPERS since March 21, 2005. He served as legal counsel for the Oklahoma House of Representatives for many years and became general counsel for Speaker of the House Larry Adair in November 2000.

In related action the Board authorized Mr. McAnally to form a search committee to find a permanent executive director.

“This is an important time for OPERS,” said McAnally. “The OPERS Board and staff are committed to serving our participating members and employers as we always have, as well as focusing our efforts on implementing a new defined contribution system in 2015. The board’s actions today help us meet these two vital responsibilities.”


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