We write in response to your May 1, 2019 request for information pursuant to the Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act (APRA). Your specific request is noted below along with our corresponding response.
I am writing in the hope of requesting information on the Rhode Island Municipal Employees’ Retirement System.
Prof. Siriwardane is conducting a research study for which I would like to ask for the following data, please: for every year from 2000 to the present, the full list of investment consultants that the pension fund has used, including a clear demarcation of who the lead investment consultant firm(s) were.
Please find attached the information responsive to your request. Please note that although you have asked specifically for information regarding the Municipal Employees’ Retirement System (MERS), the MERS plan sits under the ERSRI Pooled Trust, which includes multiple plans. The consultants listed in the attached are used for the Pooled Trust on behalf of the multiple retirement plans, including MERS.
If you contend you have been denied access to public records, pursuant to R.I.G.L. § 38-2-8, you may appeal this decision to Amy L. Crane, General Counsel, 50 Service Avenue, 2nd Floor, Warwick, RI 02886. You may also file a complaint with the Department of the Attorney General, 150 South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903 or the Rhode Island Superior Court of the county where the records are maintained. Additional information regarding the Access to Public Records Act may be found at http://www.riag.ri.gov/civil/opengovernment.
Thank you for your interest in keeping government open and accountable to the public.