UPDATE: Pension fund manager dies unexpectedly

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UPDATE:

Friends of the Howard Miller family want people to know that a fund for his son's education has been established. Here's information about that:

Howard C Miller Memorial Fund – Account 587317, Ent Federal Credit Union, 719-574-1100. Please contact Stacey Forte with any questions - 719-550-6438 or sforte@Ent.com.

Miller's family has been evacuated because of the Waldo Canyon Fire, so his memorial service is pending.

——————————ORIGINAL POST June 22, 1:47 P.M.————————————————————


El Paso County Retirement Plan administrator Howard Miller, 44, died of an apparent heart attack today, the plan says in a news release.

El Paso County
  • Howard Miller

Howard Miller was hired as El Paso County Retirement Plan Administrator in 2009. He was accredited as a certified financial planner at the University of Houston and had worked exclusively in public retirement plan funding for twenty-two years. For six years prior to taking the position in El Paso County he had served as the Director of Employer Services for the 190,000 member Texas County and District Retirement System. Miller was born at the Air Force Academy but moved away from the area as a child. He is survived by his wife and son.
Bureau Chief Joe Breister of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, who is currently serving as Chairman of the Retirement said, “It’s a great loss to the retirement plan and to the entire community. Howard was hired at a time when we needed great leadership following financial collapse in 2008. Everything he did was out of his dedication and commitment to the financial stability of the plan for the benefit of plan members.”
The El Paso County retirement plan covers approximately 3,680 employees, beneficiaries and retirees of El Paso County, El Paso County Public Health, Office of the 4-th Judicial District Attorney, El Paso County Board of Retirement, and the Pikes Peak Library District.

Miller may be known to Indy readers as part of the controversy surrounding the retirement plan's decision to split its IT functions from El Paso County and hire a Denver-area consultant for the work. But he's also been named a Rising Star in the public funds investing community by publishers of Institutional Investor News.

There was no mention in the release of any initial plans to replace Miller.

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