Kelly Fox Accepts CalPERS Position, Resigns as IAFF District Vice President
On Friday, June 23, 2017, Kelly Fox announced that he had accepted a position with the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and would resign his position as International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) 7th District Vice President effective upon the election of his successor. “After working with the IAFF on multiple levels over many years. . . I am ready to pursue new challenges that remain consistent with the values and objectives of our IAFF and the greater labor movement,” he said. Fox will serve as Chief of Stakeholder Relations for the $300 billion CalPERS fund, the largest defined benefit public pension fund in the United States.
Fox, an Olympia fire fighter since 1990, led the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters (WSCFF) as president for nearly 20 years and was recognized last week at the organization’s 78th Annual Convention. Members conferred upon him the title “President Emeritus” and named the WSCFF Legislative Conference in his honor. Fox led the WSCFF membership to present and pass Initiative 790 in 2002, creating the Law Enforcement Officers and Fire Fighters (LEOFF) Plan 2 Retirement Board, and served as its chair from 2003 – 2017.
WSCFF President Dennis Lawson said, “Under Kelly’s leadership, the WSCFF became a political force in Washington and beyond. Under his guidance we were able to pass legislation that expanded our presumptive coverage, provides disability coverage for those who suffer career-ending injuries, and gives peace of mind to surviving spouses. I know he will bring the same drive and commitment to serve the public employees of California.”
The IAFF will hold a special election for 7th District Vice President, representing IAFF members in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska, in the next 45 days. The IAFF will communicate directly with local leaders about the details of this election.