2-15-1009. Public employees' retirement board -- terms -- allocation. (1) There is a public employees' retirement board.
(2) The board consists of seven members appointed by the governor with the consent of the senate. The members are:
(a) three public employees who are active members of a public retirement system. Not more than one of these members may be an employee of the same department and at least one of these members must, no later than July 1, 2003, be a member of the defined contribution plan created pursuant to Title 19, chapter 3, part 21.
(b) one retired public employee who is a member of the public employees' retirement system;
(c) two members at large; and
(d) one member who has experience in investment management, counseling, or financial planning or who has other similar experience.
(3) The term of office for each member is 5 years.
(4) (a) The board is allocated to the department for administrative purposes only as prescribed in 2-15-121.
(b) The board shall hire necessary employees as provided in 19-2-404.
(c) Consistent with its constitutional mandate to administer the retirement plans as a fiduciary of system participants and their beneficiaries, the board shall appoint its own existing attorney in lieu of the person appointed by the department, as provided for in 2-4-110, to have sole responsibility for the legal review of each board rule proposal notice, adoption notice, or other notice related to administrative rulemaking.
(5) Members of the board must be compensated and receive travel expenses as provided for in 2-15-124.