The board of the $1.9 billion Colorado County Officials & Employees Retirement Association (CCOERA), in Littleton, has named Elizabeth Price as the Association’s new executive director (ED). The previous ED, Jacob Kuijper, retired in March. Marvin Tuttle has played the role of interim ED since.
The fund’s ED is responsible for directing, managing, planning, preparing and reviewing all functions of the Association, directing all the activities of CCOERA staff, consultants and contractors in formulating and administering Association policies, according to a description of the role on the fund’s website. CCOERA has a seven-member governing board composed of Colorado residents who are elected/appointed by participants, municipalities, special districts or county commissioners. Price will report to the board.
The fund secured in excess of 60 applications for the ED position when the recruitment effort began shortly after Kuijper’s departure, according to Tuttle, a retired financial planning professional, whom the fund brought on in a caretaker role. Tuttle will leave the fund in the next 30-45 days, he said. The search whittled down the candidates to two finalists over the summer, with Price officially appointed on Oct. 8. October 22 was her formal start date.
Price, who is a past president of the Association of Component Society Executives of the American Dental Association, has held several executive positions in the Albuquerque, New Mexico locale; her last full-time role was as ED of Metro Denver Dental Society, a position she held for seven years before leaving in October 2017.
“I’m very honored to be chosen for the position,” Price said, adding that her initial efforts at the fund will be centered on getting to know her staff and building collegial relationships. “I think that’s important when you join any new position,” she said. She noted that any new strategic initiative she considers for the fund, initially at least, will be “the board’s strategy,” but that a staff increase in the client servicing area was possible.
Executive search firm Leading Associations assisted in the personnel search.