ERS Election Results Announced

Congratulations to Catherine Melvin, the newest member of the Employees Retirement System Board of Trustees. Melvin, who serves as chief auditor at the Texas Department of Public Safety, received 35 percent of the total vote and won the election by nearly 2,300 votes, besting three other candidates.

Melvin’s term begins Sept. 1, 2017, and she will fill the board position currently held by outgoing board member Brian Ragland, CFO at the Texas Department of Transportation. The six-member board is half-elected and half-appointed, with board members serving staggered six-year terms. The board oversees the administration of active and retired state employee health benefits and the investment of the ERS pension fund.

A 26-year state employee, Melvin has worked at several state agencies, including the Governor’s Office during the term of George W. Bush. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Law Enforcement Auditor (CLEA).

“We’re excited to work with Catherine in her role on the ERS board,” said Gary W. Anderson, TPEA executive director. “Her professional expertise and public service are remarkable and will be an asset to the board as it makes critical decisions affecting active and retired state employees and their families.”

Overall election participation increased this year: 11 percent of eligible voters participated, compared with 10 percent in 2015. This election was the first in which voters received an email containing a direct link to their ballots. In addition, four candidates from diverse sectors of state government drew additional interest.

“The 2017 election drew a strong field of candidates with dedication to the state workforce,” Anderson says. “Congratulations to all of the candidates for running a successful election and stepping forward to serve their colleagues. In doing so, they helped to educate their colleagues about the importance of the ERS board.”