Hampshire County Retirement System

Meet the Board

Board Mission Statement

To provide stewardship and financial integrity of the pension trust fund for the sole purpose of providing retirement benefits guaranteed by Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 32 to the members and beneficiaries of the Hampshire County Retirement System.

Board Duties

  1. Trustees- Hold and manage funds in trust for the sole purpose of providing retirement benefits to the members and their beneficiaries as provided for by the Massachusetts Retirement Law - M.G.L. Chapter 32.
  2. Fiduciaries - Duty to invest funds prudently to insure funding will be available to pay promised benefits. Duty to act in and protect the best interest of the members and beneficiaries of the pension fund.
  3. Administration - 1) Collect and invest member contributions and employer appropriations; 2) Advocate for and assist members and beneficiaries in understanding, filing for, and receiving all benefits entitled to by law; and 3) Disburse benefit payments to retirees and beneficiaries.

Goals and Objectives

To provide professional, prudent, and efficient administration of the Hampshire County Retirement System in order to ensure that every eligible member and beneficiary receives the correct pension benefit in full and on time.

Board Members and Staff

Retirement Board

Chairman: Patrick E. Brock
Term Expires: 12/31/2026
Elected Member: Joseph Shea
Term Expires: 12/31/2025
Elected Member: Jennifer LaFountain
Term Expires: 12/31/2026
Advisory Council Appointed Member: Jane E. Wolfe
Term Expires: 12/31/2026
Appointed Member: Joe M. Cook
Term Expires: 12/31/2025

Board Staff

Administrator: Mary G. Baronas
Assistant Administrator: Patricia Rutkowski
Retiree Payroll: Loretta Doolittle
Pre-Retirement Counselor: Lorna DiSantis
Administrative Assistant: Susan Lessard