City of Columbia Missouri

Firefighters' Retirement Board

Meeting Body Details

Advises the City Council on the administration of the firefighters' retirement plan and fund. The City Council makes two appointments to this five member board. Both must be registered voters and residents of the City. The length of terms is two years, with openings occurring in December.

Members & Terms:

  • Nicholas Kenny - Term Ending December 31, 2021
  • Michael Yoakum - Term Ending December 31, 2020
  • Justin Collins (Fire Department Representative)
  • Greg Kome (Fire Department Representative)
  • Fire Chief - Nonvoting

Establishing Legislation:

Sec. 18-61. Firefighters' retirement board--Memberships; terms; compensation.
            (a)        The firefighters' retirement board is hereby established. The board shall consist of five (5) members, two (2) of whom shall be members of the fire department, two (2) of whom shall be registered voters and residents of the city. The fire chief shall be an ex officio nonvoting member of the board.
            (b)        The firefighter members of the board shall be elected by a majority of the covered firefighter employees for terms of two (2) years.
            (c)        The citizen members shall be appointed by the city council to two (2) year terms. Appointments to fill vacancies shall be for unexpired terms only. The citizen members shall be chosen from applicants who are not employees of the city.
            (d)        No board member shall receive any compensation for service, although reasonable expenses of members shall be reimbursed in the same manner as provided for reimbursement of council expenses.
            (e)        Members shall serve until their successors are appointed.
            (f)         The board shall select a chair from its voting members.
(Code 1964, § 9.2050; Ord. No. 12868, § 1, 2-4-91; Ord. No. 18160, § 1, 7-6-04)

Sec. 18-62. Same--Meetings; quorum; attendance; vacancies.
The board shall hold one (1) regular meeting each quarter at a time and place to be determined by the board, and may hold such additional meetings as may be required for the transaction of business. A quorum for the transaction of business at such meetings shall be a majority of the duly appointed and acting members of the board. The fire chief shall not be counted toward determining a quorum. The chair of the board is authorized to excuse any member from attendance at a board meeting; provided, that the member requested to be excused before the meeting. Any member who is absent, without being excused, from two (2) consecutive regular meetings shall automatically forfeit the office. It shall be the duty of the chair of the board to promptly notify the appointing authority of the vacancy.
(Code 1964, § 9.2060; Ord. No. 18160, § 1, 7-6-04)

Sec. 18-63. Same--Powers and duties.
            (a)        The board shall oversee and establish policies for the fire retirement trust, advise the city council and the director of finance upon the administration of the fund, shall hear appeals from the decisions of the director of finance in accordance with the provisions of this article and such additional rules as it shall adopt.
            (b)        Records of hearings before the board and its minutes shall be kept. These records of the proceedings of the board shall be open to the public during all regular business hours; however, the records of medical examinations of any retiree or applicant for retirement shall be closed records.
            (c)        The board shall have exclusive original jurisdiction to receive, hear and rule upon all appeals from decisions of the administrator for benefits from the fund under the contested case provisions of chapter 536 RSMo.
            (d)        The board may prescribe rules and regulations, not inconsistent with state laws or this article, to govern and control the hearing, consideration and disposition of all appeals, and other administrative matters and proceedings before the board.
            (e)        The board shall advise the city council in order that a high degree of care is exercised to keep the firefighter's retirement fund safely invested in such securities as will afford the greatest return consistent with safety of principal, but such investments shall be limited to such securities as are, or may be eligible by the laws of the State of Missouri.
(Code 1964, § 9.2070; Ord. No. 18868, § 1, 2-4-91; Ord. No. 18160, § 1, 7-6-04)