Board of Retirement

The Board’s Role

The Board of Retirement’s primary role is to ensure SBCERA is appropriately governed and managed to fulfill its purpose on behalf of its members, beneficiaries and participating employers.

Consistent with this role, the Board serves as trustee of the SBCERA investment fund and has a constitutional and statutory fiduciary duty to administer the retirement system in a sound and prudent manner. Therefore, the Board is charged with making decisions solely in the interest of, and for the exclusive purpose of providing the promised benefits to SBCERA’s members and beneficiaries.

The Board’s responsibilities include: maintaining sole and exclusive authority over plan assets; setting investment strategies; selecting external, professional investment managers and advisors; monitoring and managing all investments in coordination with staff and advisors; administering benefits efficiently and lawfully; appointing the Chief Executive Officer; and ruling on disability retirement claims and special cases.

Each member of the Board is bound by the Board’s Statement of Governance Principles and Code of Ethics. The Board of Retirement’s responsibilities and functions are governed by the applicable provisions of the California Government Code, along with the By-Laws and policies of SBCERA.

Board Composition

The Board consists of nine members and three alternates including:

  • Four members appointed by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors
  • Two General Member Trustees elected by the General members
  • A Safety Member Trustee and Alternate elected by the Safety members
  • A Retired Member Trustee and Alternate elected by the Retired members
  • The San Bernardino County Treasurer who serves as an ex officio member
  • The San Bernardino County Deputy Treasurer, appointed by the San Bernardino County Treasurer, who serves as an alternate ex officio member

All members of the Board, with the exception of the County Treasurer, serve three-year terms.

Board Meetings & Committees

Board meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 9:00 a.m. in the SBCERA Board Chambers located at 348 W. Hospitality Lane on the First Floor in San Bernardino, CA. The meetings are open to the public.

In addition, the Board holds separate meetings for the following committees: Investment, Administrative, and Audit. These committees have an important role in assisting the Board in carrying out its responsibilities by making recommendations to the Board.

Each committee consists of three to four Board members and includes at least one elected and one appointed Board member. Typically, the Investment Committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 2:00 p.m. and the Administrative Committee meets on the third Thursday of the month at 9:00 a.m. (subject to change and cancellation). The Audit Committee meets as needed. All committee meetings are open to the public.

August 6, 2018


The 2018 Board of Retirement Election is underway.

The SBCERA Board of Retirement has three seats up for election in 2018:

  • General Member Trustee
  • Safety Member Trustee
  • Alternate Safety Member Trustee

Individuals interested in running for the SBCERA Board of Retirement may obtain Declarations of Candidacy and procedural information from the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters (ROV) starting August 13, 2018 through September 7, 2018. The final deadline to file papers is September 7, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. PST.

SBCERA members will receive voting ballots based on their membership status. Those interested in running must indicate on the Declaration of Candidacy form the seat for which they seek election.

Official voting ballots and voter information guides will be mailed to eligible SBCERA members between November 5 and November 26, 2018, and must be returned to the ROV via mail or in-person no later than 5:00 p.m. PST on December 4, 2018.

All Board of Retirement elections are conducted by the Registrar of Voters under the Mail Ballot procedure and in accordance with the Uniform District Election Law.

Board of Retirement Election Calendar