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Honorable Daniel VanPelt, Ocean Township Mayor, Ken Hartman, the Manager of Education Programs, and Gary Siegel, Pension Benefits Specialist on Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at the PNC Arts Center.


A Dynamic Presentation


Honorable Daniel VanPelt, Ocean Township Mayor, and League Executive Board member, introduced Ken Hartman, the Manager of Education Programs for the Division of Pensions and Benefits, who presented a pension and benefits update program for municipal employers.  This program provided an overview of the Public Employee’s Retirement Systems (PERS) benefits and some sound retirement planning strategies.  Topics included retirement planning, beneficiary options, purchase of service credit, group life insurance, and designation of beneficiary.  In addition, highlighted were new developments and services for municipal
benefits administrators. 

Mr. Hartman had hoped to outline changes implemented by the new legislation under Chapters 92 and 103 and discuss the impact for current and future members.  However, that information is still forthcoming from the Attorney General’soffice.  The response to the presentation was positive.  One attendee shared, “Speaker held your interest, admitted when there was no answer to a question.”  Another said of Mr. Hartman’s speaking style, “Very good speaker.  Good sense of humor.”  The League understands there are various learning styles, and strives to secure speakers who embrace that fact. 



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