Meridian Star

November 12, 2013

Runoff election slated for state employee rep on PERS Board

The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — Special to The Star

    The Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi (PERS) mailed ballots, biographical information, and candidate statements Nov. 6 to eligible voters for a runoff election to determine the new PERS Board of Trustees state employee representative.

    The candidates in the runoff are Mississippi State Hospital Director of Support Services Kelly R. Breland of Clinton, Mississippi Department of Human Services Director of Finance and Administration Andrew Friday of Jackson, and Mississippi Department of Archives and History Human Resources Director Diane Mattox of Madison.

    Votes must be cast by mail, phone, or online by 5 p.m. Dec. 9. Instructions on the voting process are on the ballot that has been mailed to state employees.

The election schedule and a sample ballot are available on the PERS website,

    The 10-member Board includes the State Treasurer, a gubernatorial appointee who is a member of PERS; two PERS retirees, two state employees, and one representative each of public schools and community colleges, institutions of higher learning, counties, and municipalities. With the exception of the State Treasurer and the gubernatorial appointee, board members are elected to staggered six-year terms.