Casper town hall on public pension system

College site of fourth public pension meeting

System chief Thom Williams tells how to keep the system healthy

Forum in Nichols auditorium starts at 7 p.m.

The Equality State Policy Center and its allies will stage a fourth town hall meeting of 2012 to examine Wyoming’s public pension system and its importance to the state and its communities Wednesday night (Nov. 28) in the Nichols auditorium on the Casper College campus. The event again will be sponsored by the Coalition for a Healthy Retirement System. Teachers, fire fighters, nurses and other public servants work hard and rely on the state  system to provide a stable income around which they an build their retirement income plans. The system, meanwhile, pays the bulk of all benefits with earnings on investments of funds contributed by state and local employees and their employers, whether the state, county, city, town or local governments. Even special districts and joint powers boards around Wyoming participate in the system. Attendees will hear Wyoming Retirement System Director Thom Williams explain the system and the changes made by the Legislature during the 2012 session. Stephen Sommers, the chair of the WRS board of directors, will join Williams to answer questions. Other members of the state retirement board are expected to attend. The Wyoming system is healthy but must be managed carefully to assure its health over the long-term.

Town hall meeting agenda

  1. 6:45 – 7 p.m. Attendees arrive and sign in. (We need to be certain to have sign-in sheets for attendees.)
  2. 7 p.m. – Welcome – Ken Decaria
  3. 7:05 p.m. – Sheila McHattie, art teacher at Natrona County High School
  4. 7:20 p.m. – What the system means to teachers, fire fighters and others – Video by Coleen Haines
  5. 7:30 p.m. – Advocating for the system – Dan Neal, ESPC
  6. 7:40  p.m. – Thom Williams, WRS director
  7. 8:15 p.m. – Q&A with Thom Williams and Stephen Sommers
  8. 8:30 p.m. – Meeting adjourns (flexible)
See ESPC news release here.

How to get there

The Nichols Auditorium sits inside the McMurry Career Studies building at the south end of the Casper College campus. Take the most southerly entrance to the campus from Casper Mountain Road, turn left at the access road (a four-way intersection with stop signs for all but west-bound traffic), then continue south curving to the McMurry Career Studies building parking lot on your left. Here’s a Casper College map highlighting the site.

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