Police and Fire Retirement System Board of Trustees

Organization in Charge of This Board

General Retirement System

About the Board

We manage the Grand Rapids Police Department and Fire Department retirement systems. Here's how we do that:

  • Manage the retirement plans of the City's police officers and fire fighters
  • Review pension questions
  • Approve member eligibility
  • Authorize expenditures of system funds

Apply for Boards and Commissions

  • 7 total members
  • 2 member trustees are elected by the members of Police or Fire Department
  • 1 employer trustee is appointed by the City Commission
  • 1 citizen trustee is appointed by the Mayor
  • 2 citizen trustees are appointed by the City Commission
  • 1 citizen trustee is appointed by the City Commission from a selection of 4 eligible citizens submitted by Police and Firefighter members

Residency Requirement

There are no residency requirements to sit on this board.

Term Limits

The term for Member and Citizen Trustees is four 4 years. There is no term limit for Member and Citizen Trustees, so you can serve an unlimited number of terms. The Employer Trustee is appointed annually. 

Compensation

You will receive $75 for Special and Subcommittee meetings if you are not full-time employees of the City of Grand Rapids or elected officials.

Philip A. Balkema

City Commission Appointment
Citizen Trustee
Ward 3 Resident
Term ends: 1/6/2025

Donijo DeJonge

Mayoral Appointment
Citizen Trustee
Non-Resident
Term ends: 1/6/2025

Justin Ewald

Elected by Police System membership
Member Trustee
Non-Resident
Term ends: 1/5/2026

William Fabiano

Elected by Fire System membership
Member Trustee
Non-Resident
Term ends: 1/6/2025

Michael Hawkins

City Commission Appointment
Citizen Trustee
Non-Resident
Term ends: 1/4/2027

Holly Jackson

City Commission Appointment
Citizen Trustee
Ward 2 Resident
Term ends: 1/4/2027

Commissioner Drew Robbins

City Commission Appointment
Employer Trustee
Ward 1 Resident
Term ends: 12/31/2024