PUBLIC OFFICERS IN GENERAL
PUBLIC EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT SYSTEM
59-1305. Powers and duties of board — Indemnification. (1) The board shall have the power and duty, subject to the limitations of this chapter, of managing the system. It shall have the powers and privileges of a corporation, including the right to sue and be sued in its own name as such board. Members of the retirement board, retirement system staff and retirement system mortgage and investment committee members shall, jointly and individually, be provided a defense and indemnified against all claims, demands, judgments, costs, charges and expenses, including court costs and attorney’s fees, and against all liability losses and damages of any nature whatsoever that arise out of and in the course and scope of their official duties and functions, but only if the defense and indemnity for such person’s wrongful act or omission are not provided by chapter 9, title 6, Idaho Code, and the wrongful act or omission of the person was not intentional, willful or wanton misconduct, fraudulent, or a knowing violation of law. The board may, as a fiduciary of the trust, determine to provide a defense and indemnity hereunder. The board may, as a fiduciary of the trust, determine to refuse a defense or disavow and refuse to pay any judgment against a board member, retirement system staff, or retirement system mortgage and investment committee member if it is determined that such person was not within the course and scope of his official duties and functions or his conduct was intentional misconduct, willful, wanton, fraudulent, or a knowing violation of the law. Any defense and indemnity provided under this section shall be an expense of the trust, and the board is authorized but not required to purchase insurance to protect against such risks notwithstanding any other provision of law. No contribution or indemnification, or reimbursement for legal fees and expenses related to such defense or indemnification, shall be sought from any person defended or indemnified under this section unless the court in which the underlying claim was brought finds that the act or omission of the person was outside the course and scope of his official duties and functions or was intentional, willful or wanton misconduct, fraudulent, or a knowing violation of law. Any action by the trust against a board member, retirement system staff, or mortgage and investment committee member, and any action by a person against the trust for contribution, indemnification or necessary legal fees and expenses, shall be tried to the court in the same civil lawsuit brought on the claim against the retirement board member, retirement system staff, or retirement system mortgage and investment committee member. The venue of all actions in which the board is a party shall be Ada county, Idaho.
(2) The board shall appoint an executive director to serve at its discretion. The executive director shall be the secretary to the board, bonded as is required by the board, and shall perform such duties as assigned by the board. The executive director shall be authorized to designate a staff member as acting director or secretary in the director’s absence.
(3) The board shall authorize the creation of whatever staff it deems necessary for sound and economical administration of the system. The executive director shall hire the persons for the staff who shall hold their respective positions subject to the rules of a merit system for state employees. The salaries and compensation of all persons employed for purposes of administering the system shall be fixed by the board and as otherwise provided by law.
(4) The board shall obtain all actuarial, audit, legal and medical services it deems appropriate for the system. It shall cause a competent actuary who is a member of the academy of actuaries and who is familiar with public systems of pensions to be retained on a consulting basis. The actuary shall be the technical advisor of the board on matters regarding the operation of the system. During the first year of operation of the system and at least once every four (4) years thereafter, the actuary shall make a general investigation of the suitability of the actuarial tables used by the system. The board shall adopt the actuarial tables and assumptions in use by the system and may change the same in its sole discretion at any time. The actuary shall make an annual valuation of the liabilities and reserves of the system and an annual determination of the amount of contributions required from the employers under this chapter and certify the results thereof to the board. The actuary shall also perform such other duties as may be assigned by the board. An independent financial audit shall be conducted annually or as frequently as otherwise determined by the board.
(5) The board shall establish the system’s office or offices to be used for the meetings of the board and for the general purposes of the administrative personnel. The board shall provide for the installation of a complete and adequate system of accounts and records for administering this chapter. All books and records shall be kept in the system’s offices.
(6) If the board determines that it has previously overpaid or underpaid benefits provided under this chapter or chapter 14, title 72, Idaho Code, it shall correct the prior error. In the event of prior underpayment, the board shall forthwith pay the amount of the underpayment together with regular interest thereon. In the event of prior overpayment, the board may offset future benefit payments by the amount of the prior overpayment together with regular interest thereon. Any such decision to offset future benefit payments shall be administratively and judicially reviewable as provided in section 59-1314, Idaho Code. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to limit the rights of a member or the board to pursue any other remedy provided by law.
(7)(a) For the collection of an overpayment, the board shall have the power to issue subpoenas to financial institutions to compel the production of evidence to determine if persons other than a deceased retiree or a deceased beneficiary have access to an account.
(b) Any subpoena issued pursuant to this section may be enforced by the district courts of Ada county. The court shall have jurisdiction to hear the parties, determine the reasonableness of the subpoena, and to set aside, modify, or enforce the subpoena by its order in accordance with the evidence. Any failure to obey such court order may be punished by the court as a contempt thereof.
[(59-1305) 59-1327, added 1963, ch. 349, Art. 8, sec. 2, p. 988; am. 1965, ch. 265, sec. 3, p. 682; am. 1969, ch. 283, sec. 12, p. 856; am. 1971, ch. 49, sec. 11, p. 105; am. 1985, ch. 4, sec. 1, p. 8; am. and redesig. 1990, ch. 231, sec. 5, p. 620; am. 1991, ch. 61, sec. 2, p. 144; am. 1993, ch. 350, sec. 3, p. 1301; am. 2005, ch. 90, sec. 1, p. 307; am. 2006, ch. 268, sec. 1, p. 834; am. 2022, ch. 38, sec. 1, p. 99.]