SPECIAL MEETING

MINUTES OF MEETING
STATE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT COMMISSION

CONFERENCE ROOM F
55 ELM STREET
HARTFORD, CT 06106

March 28, 2014

CALL TO ORDER
The Chairman called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m.

TRUSTEES PRESENT
Sandra Fae Brown-Brewton
Michael Carey
Charles Casella
Robert Coffey
Paul Fortier
Laila Mandour
Ronald McLellan
Linda Yelmini

TRUSTEES PRESENT BY PHONE
Peter Blum, Chairman
Robert Baus
Steve Greatorex
Richard Cosgrove
Claude Poulin

TRUSTEES ABSENT
Sal Luciano
Lee Ann Palladino, CIO, State Treasurer

EX OFFICIO MEMBERS
Martha Carlson, Deputy Comptroller

OTHERS PRESENT
Brenda Halpin, Director, Retirement Services Division
Colin Newman, Asst. Director, Retirement Services Division
Natalie Braswell, Esq., Asst. Comptroller
Peggy Gray, Executive Secretary, Retirement Services Division
Michael Rose, Attorney for the Retirement Commission

The Trustees held a Special Meeting to discuss ways to improve the processing of documents to the Medical Examining Board and how to deal with the backlog situation. Ms. Brown-Brewton provided a model used in New York to get the discussion started.

Trustees discussed, at length, recruiting new members, where would they come from, what would the hiring process be, would they be State Employees, who would they report to, what specialties are needed, should UConn still be part of the process, what would constitute a quorum for a meeting, how often would they meet, a scenario where IME doctors already used by Workers Compensation be used, and a number of other questions.

Ms. Yelmini offered to write something up with all of the suggestions for a stipulated agreement and send it around to all of the Trustees to see what changes/additions needed to be made. She cautioned that it had to be done quickly to meet the April 4, 2014 deadline for submission.

Ms. Brown-Brewton moved, seconded by Mr. Carey to have the parties draft a document impaneling the Medical Examining Board. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision

At 10:20 a.m. Ms. Brown-Brewton moved, seconded by Mr. Cosgrove to go into Executive Session to discuss a pending complaint. Only the Trustees remained in the room.

At 10:22 a.m. The Trustees came out of Executive Session

At 10:23 a.m. Ms. Brown-Brewton, seconded by Ms. Mandour moved to have the Retirement Commission employ Attorney Michael Rose to represent the Commission in the Virginia Brown Whistleblower matter. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision

At 10:25 a.m. Mr. Casella moved, seconded by Ms. Brown-Brewton to return to Executive Session to discuss the pending matter with their Counsel for background information. Attorney Rose remained in the room.

At 10:55 a.m. Ms. Brown-Brewton moved, second by Ms. Mandour to come out of Executive Session
All voted in favor

No motions were made.

Ms. Brown-Brewton moved to adjourn the meeting at 10:56 a.m.



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Brenda K. Halpin, Director Peter R. Blum, Chair
Retirement Services Division


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