The administration, management and responsibility for the proper operation of the retirement defined benefit system, and for interpreting and making effective the provisions of the retirement system ordinance are vested in a Board of Trustees consistent with Article IX, Section 24 of the State of Michigan Constitution and P.A. 314 of 1965 as amended and other applicable law.

Board of Trustees - Composition

The St. Clair County Employees Retirement System Board of Trustees consists of nine individuals.

  • The County Board of Commissioners Chairperson or Commissioner appointed designee
  • The Road Commission Chairperson or Commissioner appointed designee
  • The County Administrator/Controller as appointed or Commissioner appointed designee
  • A Citizen not eligible for membership appointed by the County Board of Commissioners
  • A Retired Member receiving a pension elected by the retired members
  • A member of the plan in the employ of and elected by members of the Road Commission
  • A member of the plan in the employ of and elected by members of the Community Mental Health Authority
  • Two  members of the plan in the employ of and elected by members of General County and/or Sheriff who are not in the same department

A Chairperson and Vice Chariperson are elected in July of each year. 


Deborah Martin, Chairperson (Road Commission Employee)
William Herpel, Vice Chairperson (St. Clair County Retiree)
Jorja Baldwin, Trustee (St. Clair County Board of Commissioner)

Geoffrey Donaldson, Trustee (St. Clair County Employee)
Karen Farr, Trustee (St. Clair County CMH Employee)
Karry Hepting, Trustee (St. Clair County Administrator/Controller)
William Oldford, Trustee (Citizen)
James Spadafore, Trustee (St. Clair County Employee)

Timothy Ward, Trustee (Road Commission Board Chairperson)

Regular meetings of the Board of Trustees are typically conducted on the third Tuesday of each month at 8:00 a.m. at:

St. Clair County Administration Builidng
Donald Dodge Auditorium - 1st floor
200 Grand River Avenue
Port Huron, MI  48060

All meetings of the Board shall be held in compliance with the Open Meetings Act, Public Act 267 of 1976, as amended (MCL 15.261 et seq.).

Notice of the regular meeting schedule and any special meeting is posted at the St. Clair County Administration Building outside of the Human Resources Office and on the St. Clair County website in the Calendar of Events.

The St. Clair County Employees’ Retirement System does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to its programs, activities, or services as required by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you require further information or wish to attend the meeting and are in need of special assistance under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) please contact Tami Rumsey at (810) 989-6390 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.


2024 Regular Meeting Schedule


January

01/16/24

February

02/20/24

March

03/19/24

April

04/16/24

May

05/14/24

June

06/18/24

July

07/16/24

August

08/20/24

September

09/17/24

October

10/15/24

November

11/19/24

December

12/17/24

St. Clair County Employees' Retirement Board meeting agendas are posted at the St. Clair County Administration Building outside of the Human Resources Office.

St. Clair County Employees' Retirement Board meeting minutes are maintained in the St. Clair County Human Resource office, and are available upon request.

HR Staff Directory

Human Resources
200 Grand River Avenue, Ste. 206
Port Huron, MI 48060

Phone:      (810) 989-6910
Fax:          (810) 985-3493
Email:      Human Resources