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The Director’s Corner In Praise of Public Employees Tom Spencer, Executive Director I wrote a similar column to this in 2005 and felt my fellow public employees needed a little lift coming out of several bad budget years. For a variety of reasons, it’s time for another pep talk. We all agree it’s a healthy thing for our state leaders to streamline government, do away with wasteful spending, and save taxpayers’ money. But I bristle more than a little when the rhetoric from some pundits comes close to attacking the work ethic or value of public employees. It is misguided and inaccurate. I have worked in the private and public sectors and I’ve seen just as many hard-working, dedicated employees in the public sector as in private business. It would be interesting to see how a private corporation would handle being subject to the Open Meetings and Open Records acts for even a short time. We public servants are used to it and embrace the wisdom of openness in government as a check and balance for the electorate. (Continued on page 6) (Continued on page 2) Member Dies in the Line of Duty Jeffrey Matthew McCoy 1979 – 2012 The state of Oklahoma tragically lost an employee who was murdered while simply doing his job. Jeffery Matthew McCoy was a six-year veteran probation and parole officer with the Department of Corrections who was killed when making a scheduled home visit at the home of a parolee. We felt it only fitting to honor Jeff’s life and service to his state and his country. Jeff was only 32 at the time of his death and left his wife Megan, son Alexander, age 7 and daughter Allie Elizabeth, age 4. He had a Criminal Justice degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and was a Navy veteran, serving aboard the USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) from 1998-2002 during conflicts in Kosovo and the Persian Gulf. Jeff was a Boy Scout and remained active as an adult. Most of all, he was totally devoted to his family, friends and church. At his funeral, the Reverend Dennis Quirk said Jeff loved his job “because he believed what he did mattered. He believed he could make a difference in the lives of those he served. He didn’t just do his job to make a living; he did it for public safety.” A memorial fund has been set up for the benefit of Officer McCoy’s children, The Jeffery McCoy Memorial/Children’s Scholarship Fund, c/o BancFirst, 1201 W. Main Street, Norman, OK 73069. Active Member Edition Summer 2012 retiring Right P E R S Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System Also in This Issue: 2 / 2012 Legislative Update 3 / OPERS Recognized for Quality 4 / Retirement 101 5 / Healthful Hints 6 / Contact OPERS 2012 Legislative Update The 2012 session of the Oklahoma Legislature adjourned on May 25, 2012. This was a relatively light year, in terms of legislation directly impacting OPERS and our members. In this edition of the annual legislative update, we focus on three bills signed into law by Governor Mary Fallin.
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|Title||Retiring right, summer 2012 active member|
Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System.
|Purpose||Member Dies in the Line of Duty, Jeffrey Matthew McCoy 1979-2012; The Director's Corner In Praise of Public Employees Tom Spencer; 2012 Legislative Update: House Bill 2321 Rounding of service credit eliminated for new members; House Bill 2322 Step-Up program offered to elected officials; House Bill 2939 I.T. consolidation and participation in Oklahoma Teachers' Retirement System;|
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