Advisory Committee Candidates
The deadline to vote for an advisory commitee member was Friday, May 14, 2021 @ 5:00 p.m. The winner will be announced at the Friday, May 21, 2021 retirement board meeting.
George Delaney – retired member
It has been my privilege to serve as a member of the DERP Advisory
Committee for the past year. I am now running for re-election to a full term
and ask for your support and vote.
I am a retiree of the Denver Dept. of Public Works, now Transportation and
Infrastructure. I retired in April of 2018 and ran for the DERP Advisory
Committee in spring of 2020. During my years in Public Works I served as
Deputy Director, Chief Operating Officer, and Executive Director. Prior to
my work for Denver, I worked for 30 years for the State of Colorado in a
variety of financial and management positions, including serving as State
Budget Director. It is this financial management experience that I bring to
DERP, which, I believe, will prove beneficial to managing the plan.
My past year on the committee has been challenging and rewarding, and, I
believe, very successful. In spite of Covid, we met regularly via Zoom.
We accomplished a lot in the past year. We have lowered our investment
growth target to 7.25% with the goal of being more attuned to the current
economy and being more actuarially sound. Soon you will be seeing a “new”
look DERP with new branding, a new logo and color scheme and new
publications and web site. This effort will modernize DERP’s look, our
products, and services. Being part of these decisions and actions has been
very rewarding and I hope to continue with your support.
I believe the Denver Employees Retirement Plan is a critical part of the
benefit package that attracts and retains quality employees for the city. My
goal, as a member of the Advisory Committee, has been and will be to keep
our plan financially strong and relevant to meeting the needs of our
members. Thank you for your support and your vote.
Victoria Gallo – retired member
I would like the opportunity to be on the advisory committee as a member to represent City & County of Denver employees by presenting suggestions and questions to the Derp Retirement Board.
I started work 9-25-79
I retired work 10-1-19
as a City & County Denver employee
Joseph A Margoshes – active member
My name is Joe Margoshes and I am a current employee of the City and County of Denver and work in the Division of Real Estate within the Department of Finance. My professional and life experiences make me an ideally suited candidate for the open position on the Denver Employees Retirement Plan Advisory Committee. I am confident that I can bring special insights, background and inclusivity to the task and privilege of being a member of the Advisory Committee.
I am a graduate of the Boston University School of Law and have been a member of the Colorado Bar in good standing since 1983. During that time, I practiced real estate law in Denver for more seven years prior to joining city staff in 2011. I now serve as the Senior Asset Manager in the Division of Real Estate. When not practicing law, I worked as an asset manager in world of real estate and finance, in both the public sector (at the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority- CHFA), as well as in the private sector at the nation’s largest multifamily REIT (AIMCO).
Over the years, I have exhibited a consistently thoughtful, inclusive, open minded and honest approach to asset management. My 38 years of experience have prepared me to excel as your representative.
Chris Rutan – active member
During my almost 14 years with the City and County of Denver, I have served the community as a Deputy with the Denver Sheriff Department. A career commitment to public service is an honor. It is also important that after a career of public service City and County of Denver employees can retire with dignity.
That is why I am a strong proponent of the Denver Employees Retirement Plan. I want to make sure that the plan remains fully funded and continues to prudently manage funds with cost efficient financial management.
I am running for the advisory board to continue this tradition and to leverage my skills with Masters Degrees in Business Administration and in Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration to continue to improve the plan for those covered. A lifetime of public service should be complemented with a retirement plan that allows for a meaningful retirement. I thank you in advance for your support.
Jason Swift – retired member
I was a City/County employee for over 23 years. I valued my time with the City and met lifelong friends along the way. My core values are to commit to coworkers, be a productive team player, help DERP members anyway possible. I valued my time of meeting Citizens of the City of Denver at their workplace and at their homes and giving my best to serve them well. I wish to continue to serve the City of Denver by being on the Denver Employees Retirement Plan Advisory Committee. I am proud to be a Retired City of Denver employee. I saw a lot of people come and go with the City. Only with persistence and dedication to duty do you arrive at retirement status. I was also a USAF Reservist that proudly retired honorably with the United States Air Force after serving 28 years. I was recalled to Active Duty during the Gulf War and 9/11 campaigns. Please consider my application for Denver Employee Retirement Plan Advisory Committee.
Term expires June 2023
Heather Britton was appointed to the DERP Advisory Committee by the Career Service Board in 2011. Her career in the field of human resources has been focused on employee benefits, and she has worked for the City and County of Denver since 2001, where she is currently the director of benefits and wellness. Heather is a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS), an honor she earned through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.
“Although my primary responsibility is to ensure our active and retired employees have access to world class medical insurance, I want to help all employees understand and use other resources and benefits available to them as city employees,” she said. “Although the administration of DERP benefits and contributions fall outside the Office of Human Resources, being on the Advisory Committee prepares me to stay abreast of important plan changes, allows me to caution the board against adverse employee impact, and aids me in having intelligent conversations with our employees about their pensions.”
A dyed-in-the-wool Colorado sports fan with an affinity towards the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, and University of Colorado Buffaloes, Heather also enjoys working on crossword puzzles and vacationing.
Term expires June 2021
George Delaney was elected to the DERP Advisory Committee in 2020. His career in public service and finance spanned 50 years and included management positions at the Denver Department of Public Works (now Denver Department of Transportation & Infrastructure or DOTI), the Colorado State Budget Office, the Colorado Department of Corrections, and the Colorado Community Colleges System. Now retired, he says his career highlight was serving as Colorado State Budget Director in Governor Roy Romer’s cabinet.
George brings the values that guided him during his career to his role on the committee, which include honesty, integrity, and loyalty. “I want members to know that I have their best interests at heart, both financially and benefit-wise,” he said. “I believe my background in public finance and employee management helps me do this. I take my role representing the members very seriously and want to provide the best, most reliable retirement program for them, one that is financially sound and equitable in its benefits and costs.”
In his retirement, George enjoys playing golf, doing yardwork and being outdoors in Colorado. He also looks forward to traveling with his wife.
Term expires June 2022
Frank Fresquez was asked to serve on the DERP Advisory Committee in 2017 to fill a vacancy and was elected in 2018. When he was 17 years old, he was offered a full-time position at the Denver Public Library. He accepted the job and worked there for the next 40 years. When he retired, Frank was the library’s print and design manager. He feels fortunate to have worked for an organization that is vital to the community.
According to Frank, checks and balances are necessary to maximize DERP’s effectiveness and transparency, and the Advisory Committee is a crucial part of the process. “Having a front row seat at every Board meeting allows me to see the professionalism and commitment of a dedicated DERP staff and board. I have full confidence that the pension plan is being managed in the best interest of city employees and retirees,” he said.
In his free time, Frank loves to play golf and to “do basically anything outdoors.
Term expires June 2023
Andrew Luxen was elected to the DERP Advisory Committee in 2020. He has worked in the Denver District Attorney’s Office since 2006, and currently serves as a chief deputy district attorney focusing on felony matters in Denver District Court. He leads a team of six who prosecute offenders and support crime victims. During his time in the DA’s office, he is proud to have worked on some of the most complicated and challenging felony trials over the past decade in Denver.
Andrew believes it is critical for both active and retired members of DERP to assume roles in its governance structure. “It encourages education and participation in our pension,” he said. Andrew likes lending his voice and unique perspective to the direction of the plan and its investments.
A passionate art aficionado, Andrew is partial to 16th and 17th century European paintings, especially Dutch, Italian, and Spanish. He is also an avid Broncos fan in fall and winter, and he enjoys working in the garden in spring and summer.