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Board Elections

Nominations by the Membership

CERS members not nominated by the Board may be placed on the ballot by submitting a petition from the CERS membership. Per Kentucky Revised Statute 61.645, the petition must contain the name, last four digits of Social Security number, and signature of no less than 1,015 members (1/10 of the number of members voting in the last CERS election). Individuals seeking nomination by petition must also submit a completed application, a detailed résumé, and a signed release for a criminal background check to be performed by Kentucky State Police. Petition and all other documents must be submitted to the Division of Internal Audit no later than November 30, 2020.  

Voting in the Upcoming Election

The Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) Board of Trustees (Board) will be offering online voting during the upcoming election. To cast your vote online, you need a valid email address for your KRS account. You can log in to our Member Self Service website using your current User ID and Password or register today to access your account online. Once you log in, please review your contact information and make sure we have your current email address. A paper ballot will automatically be sent to eligible voters who do not have a valid email address on file.

An electronic ballot will automatically be sent to all eligible voters with a valid email address on file. If you prefer to vote via a paper ballot, a paper ballot can be requested in multiple ways:

  1. A paper ballot selection option will be made available in Member Self Service during October 2020 until November 30, 2020. To receive a paper ballot, please check the box indicating you would prefer not to vote electronically. Your choice will be locked until the next election cycle.

  2. A paper ballot can also be requested in writing. The deadline to request a paper ballot is November 30, 2020. To request a paper ballot in writing, please send your request to the KRS office. The request must include your name, Member ID or last 4 digits of SSN, and signature.

  3. A paper ballot can also be requested via phone. Please call the KRS offices between October 15 and November 30 and request a paper ballot. You will need your PIN in order to make this request.

Nominations by the Board

At the September 10, 2020 KRS Board meeting, the Trustees nominated the following nine (9) individuals to be on the County Employees Retirement Systems (CERS) 2021 election ballot. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order. Additional candidates may be added by petition. Petitions must be submitted no later than November 30, 2020. Please see "Nomination by Membership" below for additional information.

Patricia Carver

Position: Current – Assistant Professor, Bellarmine University
Retired – Various, Louisville and Jefferson Metropolitan Sewer District (1987-1999)

Residence: Prospect, Kentucky

Education: Doctor of Philosophy Leadership in Higher Education, Bellarmine University
Master of Business Administration, Bellarmine University
Bachelor of Science in Commerce Accounting, University of Louisville

Certifications: Certified Public Accountant

Associations: Louisville Metro United Way (Financial Committee Member since 2013)

Melanie Lilly

Position: Retired – Executive Administrator, Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government (1992-2013)

Residence: Louisville, Kentucky

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Indiana University

Harold Monroe

Position: Executive Director, Pennyrile Allied Community Services, Inc.

Residence: Utica, Kentucky

Education: Master of Arts in Organizational Communications, Western Kentucky University
Bachelor of Science in Communication and History, Murray State University

Certifications: Certified Financial Planner
Certified Trust and Financial Advisor
Charted Financial Consultant
Charted Life Underwriter
Senior Professional in Human Resources
Global Professional in Human Resources

Betty Pendergrass

Position: Current CERS Elected Trustee
Retired – Various positions with county governments (1983-2014)

Residence: Bardstown, Kentucky

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration with High Distinction, Eastern Kentucky University
Completed AICPA Government CEA Program (1992)
Attend/teach at least 40 hours of continuing education each year (since 1975)

Certifications: Certified Public Accountant
Certified Government Financial Manager
Accredited Fiduciary

Associations: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)
Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants
Association of Government Accountants (AGA)

Jason Potts

Position: Manager of Planning, Owensboro Municipal Utilities

Residence: Maceo, Kentucky

Education: Master of Science in Accounting, University of Kentucky
Bachelor of Science Double Major in Accounting and Business Administration, Kentucky Wesleyan University
Attend at least 30 hours of continuing education each year (since 1998)

Certifications: Certified Public Accountant
2016 Graduate of Leadership Owensboro, Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce

Associations: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants

Jerry Powell

Position: Current Elected CERS Trustee (since April 2017)
Retired – Over 37 years of law enforcement experience, 15 of those in supervisory roles.

Residence: Georgetown, Kentucky

Education: Bachelor of Science in Police Administration, Eastern Kentucky University
Department of Criminal Justice Training

Certifications: Multiple law enforcement certifications and numerous commendations and recognitions of service and professionalism throughout career.

Associations: Kentucky Public Retirees (Bluegrass East Chapter President)
Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police
Fraternal Order of Police (Bluegrass Lodge #4)
Kentucky State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police Pension Committee
Concerns of Police Survivors
International Critical Incident Stress Foundation

David Rich

Position: Current CERS Elected Trustee (since November 2013)
Retired Sergeant – Louisville Fire Department (1973-2000)

Residence: Louisville, Kentucky

Education: Business Degree from Oxford Business College in Louisville, Kentucky
Kentucky Instructor Level II, University of Kentucky
OSHA Outreach Trainer, Eastern Kentucky University

Certifications: Journeyman Ironworker/Certified Welder
OSHA 500 Construction Outreach Trainer
Certified Safety Officer
Emergency Medical Technician
FEMA Safety and Survival Instructor
CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor
ISO 14001 Environmental Management Lead Auditor

Associations: Kentucky Safety and Health Network, Inc.
Silver Creek Little League Coach and Safety Officer
YMCA Youth Basketball Coach

Ronald Scott

Position: Retired - City Manager, City of Danville (2011-2020)
Retired - Associate Executive Director (1975-1989) and Director of Insurance/Risk Management (1990-2001), Kentucky
League of Cities

Residence: Danville, Kentucky

Education: Master of Public Science in Public Administration, Western Kentucky University
Bachelor of Arts double major in Government and Sociology, Western Kentucky University

Certifications: Master of City Government, Kentucky League of Cities
Associate in Risk Management, American Institute for Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters
Certified Grant Writer, Grantsmanship Institute of America
Leadership Kentucky Graduate, Leadership Kentucky Foundation

Associations: International City/County Management Association
Kentucky City/County Management Association, Lifetime Member
Danville Rotary Club, Board Member and Rotary Foundation Chair
Boyle Landmark Trust, Board Member
Danville Regional Arts Center, Board Member

Charles "Jack" Wright

Position: Retired – Stormwater Manager for Warren County Fiscal Court (1993-2019)

Residence: Woodburn, Kentucky

Education: Bachelor of Science in Engineering Tech, Western Kentucky University
Currently enrolled in Accounting classes at Western Kentucky University

Certifications: Professional Engineer

Associations: Woodburn Community Fire Department (current Treasurer)
Woodburn Baptist Church (current Treasurer)

Election Timetable

November 30, 2020

Last day to file a petition to be placed on the election ballot and last day to request a paper ballot.

December 31, 2020

Ballots prepared.

January 20, 2021

Ballots made available/mailed to membership.

March 1, 2021

Date by which electronic votes must be cast and paper ballots must be postmarked.

March 15, 2021

Ballots tabulated.

April 1, 2021

Winners of election begin term of office. Please note, for this election only, the individual receiving the third-highest number of votes will begin his/her term on November 1, 2021.

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