The Public Employees' Retirement System of Mississippi (PERS) is seeking candidate nominations and petitions for one of two retiree positions on the PERS Board of Trustees.

This trustee position will become vacant June 30, 2013, as Dr. Virgil Belue steps down after serving on the Board for 17.5 years. The new term will run from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2019.

Candidates for the position must be retired members receiving retirement allowances from PERS. Candidate nomination petitions must be signed by at least 25 PERS retirees.

Nomination forms, petitions, and a cover letter with a complete election schedule are available on the PERS website, www.pers.state.ms.us. Deadline for receipt of completed nomination forms and petitions is 5 p.m. December 3.

Ballots for this election will be cast from Dec. 27 to Jan. 28 and unless a runoff election is necessary, the Board is scheduled to certify the election results at its regularly scheduled meeting February 26.

The 10-member Board includes the State Treasurer, a gubernatorial appointee who is a member of PERS, two PERS retirees, two state employees, and one representative each of public schools and community colleges, Institutions of Higher Learning, counties, and municipalities.

With the exception of the State Treasurer and the gubernatorial appointee, board members are elected to staggered six-year terms.