July 10, 2019
Public Safety Personnel Retirement System
State of Arizona
July 10, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Christian Palmer
Public safety veterans appointed to PSPRS board
DPS Major Christopher Hemmen, Fire Captain Brian Moore fill final slots
Arizona – Christopher Hemmen of the Arizona Department of Public Safety and Phoenix Fire Department Captain Brian Moore have been appointed by Governor Doug Ducey to the PSPRS Board of Trustees.
Hemmen and Moore fill the remaining vacancies of the nine-member board responsible for overseeing PSPRS-managed retirement plans. The plans serve 60,000 active and retired first responders, corrections officers, elected officials and members of the judiciary.
“With the appointments of Major Hemmen and Captain Moore, the PSPRS Board of Trustees is fully staffed and ready to continue addressing the challenges facing our public safety pension system,” said Board Chairman Will Buividas. “Both are highly respected by their peers and are well-versed with public safety benefits and pension administration through their service on local boards.”
Hemmen, who is chief of staff for the state’s Highway Patrol Division and a member of the DPS local board, brings nearly three decades of public safety experience and management expertise to the PSPRS Board of Trustees.
Likewise, Moore is a 26-year veteran of the Phoenix Fire Department. He serves as a member of the city’s local board as well as chairman of the Daisy Mountain Fire District Board. Moore also serves as a member of the PSPRS Defined Contribution Committee that oversees the 401a and 457 accounts available to members of PSPRS, the Corrections Officer Retirement Plan and the Elected Officials Retirement Plan.
“As first responders in Arizona we have a lot invested in the retirement plans managed by the PSPRS Board of Trustees and we’re looking forward to getting the system back on track,” Hemmen and Moore said in a joint statement. “By design and by the legal requirements, the board has an outstanding mix of member and employer representatives and some of Arizona’s most respected investors and businessmen.”
Hemmen and Moore join fellow public safety representatives Chairman Buividas, a City of Phoenix police officer, and Tempe firefighter and Vice-Chairman Mike Scheidt. Five civilian financial and business experts – Jim Ameduri, Scott McCarty, Harry Papp, Dean Scheinert and Don Smith – also serve on the Board of Trustees.
PSPRS is a $10.5 billion trust that provides retirement, disability and survivor benefits for members.