A. The board may appoint investment management.  Investment management shall have:

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 38-848.03

  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Board: means the board of trustees of the system, who are the persons appointed to invest and operate the fund. See Arizona Laws 38-842
  • Depository: means a bank in which all monies of the system are deposited and held and from which all expenditures for benefits, expenses and investments are disbursed. See Arizona Laws 38-842
  • Fiduciary: A trustee, executor, or administrator.
  • Fund: means the public safety personnel retirement fund, which is the fund established to receive and invest contributions accumulated under the system and from which benefits are paid. See Arizona Laws 38-842
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Pension: means a series of monthly amounts that are payable to a person who is entitled to receive benefits under the plan but does not include an annuity that is payable pursuant to section 38-846. See Arizona Laws 38-842
  • State: means the state of Arizona, including any department, office, board, commission, agency or other instrumentality of the state. See Arizona Laws 38-842
  • System: means the public safety personnel retirement system established by this article. See Arizona Laws 38-842

1. The highest professional and fiduciary recommendations.

2. Not less than three years’ experience at handling institutional investments of at least two hundred fifty million dollars.  This paragraph is satisfied if investment management, the individual retained by investment management or individual employees in a firm of investment managers meet this requirement.

3. Had responsibility for investment decision making as an insurance company investment fund, an investment division of a bank, a mutual fund, an investment organization or institution, a pension fund or an investment adviser who is designated as a chartered financial analyst by the chartered financial analyst institute.

B. A bank serving as investment management does not have a conflict of interest because it is also a depository in which any monies administered by the board are deposited.

C. The board shall appoint investment management for a term of one year and may appoint the investment management to succeeding terms. The board may remove investment management for not complying with this article or for failure to comply with or adhere to the board’s investment goals, objectives or policies.

D. Investment management appointed by the board:

1. May purchase and sell in the name of the system and other plans that the board administers any of the securities and investments held by the system or plans.

2. Subject to any restrictions imposed by the board, is responsible for making all investment decisions relating to the investments the board has assigned investment management to manage.

E. Investment management shall not directly or indirectly:

1. Except for the fees agreed to be paid by the board to investment management or as otherwise agreed by the board, have any interest in the investments being managed by investment management for the board.

2. Borrow monies, funds or deposits of the system or other plans that the board administers or use these monies in any manner except as directed under this article.

3. Be an endorser, surety or obligor on investments made under this article.

F. Subject to the limitations in this article, the board may authorize the administrator, chief investment officer and other in-house investment professionals employed by the board to make discretionary investments for the system and other plans or trusts that the board administers that do not exceed fifty per cent of the assets of the system and other plans or trusts measured at cost.

G. To exercise the responsibilities prescribed in this article, the board may enter into contracts that may be interpreted and enforced under the laws of a jurisdiction other than this state and that are not subject to section 35-214 or 38-511 or title 41, chapter 23.