Hampshire County Retirement System


Three Candidates are running for election to fill two vacant board member positions

Ballots will be mailed to all members and retirees on December 1, 2023. Ballots must be returned by mail with a postmark no later than December 21, 2023 and received by December 28, 2023.

Three candidates have submitted nomination papers for the two soon-to-be vacant Elected Board Member positions. Candidates (alphbethical order) are Jean Fay, Jennifer LaFountain and Joesph Shea. Candidate statements are as follows and will be printed on the back side of the ballots.

Jean Fay, Retired – Amherst Public Schools - I’m an experienced, dedicated and tireless advocate for the rights of members as a past President of the Amherst Pelham Education Association, representative on the Amherst Insurance Advisory Committee, and currently on the MTA ESP Committee. I hope to continue my advocacy as a member of the HCRS Board.

Jennifer LaFountain, Town of Amherst - I grew up in Hampshire County and I am an alum of the University of Massachusetts Isenberg. I have worked for the Town of Amherst for 25 years and I’d like to serve our employees by being on the Hampshire County Retirement Board. Thank you.

Joseph Shea, Hampshire County Group Insurance Trust - I am currently the Insurance Director (11 years) of the Hampshire County Group Insurance Trust. I have 40 years of accounting/finance experience in the public and private sector. I believe my municipal and financial experience would be a good fit within the Hampshire Retirement System. Thank you for your consideration.

Ballots will be mailed to all members and retirees on December 1, 2023. Ballots must be returned by mail with a postmark no later than December 21, 2023 and received by December 28, 2023.