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John Spearing

State Division Candidate (Non-Higher Education; 4-Year Term)

Colorado Department of Corrections

John Spearing is a Lieutenant at Centennial Correctional Facility in Canon City within the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Education/Special Courses/Certifications

B.S., Colorado State University

M.S., Colorado State University

M.S., Network Security, Colorado Technical University

Graduate Studies in Organizational Behavior

Employment History

Lieutenant managing food service and working in custody control, Centennial Correctional Facility, 2013-Present

Colorado State Penitentiary, 2009-2013

Sterling Correctional Facility, 2006-2009

Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility, 2005-2006

Organizational Affiliations/ Other Achievements

Honorable Discharge, U.S. Navy

Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars

Member, Knights of Columbus

Responses

Interest in Serving as a PERA Trustee

My interest is focused on opportunities that lie in actively seeking diversification of the plan’s investment portfolio, exploring new investment avenues and strategies to maximize returns. As your representative, I would also focus on effective risk management and ensuring transparency and accountability in reporting and communication to members. I would also play an active role in advocating for favorable legislative and regulatory changes that benefit the plan and its members. Engaging in meaningful dialogue with stakeholders, monitoring emerging trends, and staying vigilant about potential risks are other ways the Board contributes to addressing challenges and seizing opportunities for PERA’s success.

Challenges/Opportunities Facing PERA

PERA faces challenges in ensuring the long-term sustainability of the plan, managing investments successfully, and maintaining the integrity of the investment strategy free from social engineering agendas. The Board plays a crucial role in addressing these issues by prudently managing investments, diversifying the portfolio, and balancing risk appropriately. They must prioritize the financial performance of the plan and make investment decisions solely based on the best interests of participants and beneficiaries. Seeking legislative and regulatory changes that benefit the plan and engaging in meaningful dialogue with stakeholders are also important tasks. Additionally, effective risk management, transparency, and accountability in reporting and communication are key. The Board’s proactive approach in addressing challenges and seizing opportunities is vital to ensure PERA’s long-term sustainability and success.

Role of a Trustee

I am incredibly interested in being elected to the PERA Board of Trustees because I am passionate about public service and have a strong commitment to ensuring the financial security and well-being of retirees. I believe that my combination of skills, including my expertise in financial management and my ability to understand complex issues and make informed decisions, make me an ideal candidate for this role. I am dedicated to serving the interests of the members of PERA and working collaboratively with fellow Trustees to ensure the long-term sustainability and success of the plan.