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Greg Smith, a long time official with the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association, died December 21 while vacationing in Hawaii with his family. The news release:
It is with great sadness and grief that we announce the passing of Gregory W. Smith, PERA Executive Director, on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Greg was vacationing in Hawaii with his family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Laura, his two sons, William and Austin, and his family.

Greg served for five years as PERA’s sixth Executive Director after being named to the position by the Board of Trustees in November 2012. He joined PERA as General Counsel in February 2002 and in 2009, was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in addition to his role as General Counsel. He worked at PERA for more than 15 years and for several years prior to that he served as PERA’s external private sector legal counsel.

Greg was renowned for his extensive knowledge of the public pension industry and his passion for ensuring the retirement security of hundreds of thousands of Colorado’s public employees. Throughout his career, Greg served on national industry boards, including the National Institute on Retirement Security, the Council of Institutional Investors, the National Council on Teacher Retirement, and the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys.

“Colorado PERA and its membership have lost a true leader and dedicated servant to the public workforce,” said Timothy M. O’Brien, Chairman, PERA Board of Trustees. “Those who knew Greg knew he loved his family, was a proud fourth-generation Coloradan, and was fully dedicated to PERA and its members.”

Six Chief Officers and the PERA executive team will continue to run daily operations and the membership will not experience a disruption in service. The PERA Board of Trustees is working closely with the PERA executive team and will be announcing an acting executive director soon.

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