Desposito and Thomas Returned to OPERS Board

The Ohio Public Employees Retirement System Board of Trustees has certified the election of Ken Thomas and Randy Desposito to four-year terms on the OPERS Board of Trustees.

A Critical Care Nurse and President of AFSCME Local 2415, the union for University of Toledo Medical Center Employees, Desposito was appointed to fill a vacancy on the OPERS Board in 2017.  Elected to a full term, he will represent non-teaching State College and University employees.

Ken Thomas, representing municipal employees, has served on the OPERS Board since 1993 and is a 33-year City of Dayton employee, currently senior employment manager at the City of Dayton Civil Service Board.  Ken was a long-time member of AFSCME, Local 101 and served for nine years on the AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Executive Board as a Dayton Regional Vice President.

Both were unopposed. 

According to AFSCME Ohio Council 8 President John A. Lyall, in years past labor had a majority on the board “and now these seats are back with AFSCME. This is an example of the clout only a unified statewide organization has,” he said.

Thomas and Desposito will join AFSCME Local 3360 Cleveland MetroHealth President Julie Albers, representing County employees, and AFSCME Local 11/OCSEA President Chris Mabe, representing state workers on the 11-member board.

“Ken and Randy are part of the AFSCME team committed to a strong defense of our defined benefit (guaranteed) pensions. This is more important than ever because of the anti-worker environment we are presently in,” Lyall said.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the administration and management of OPERS. Board members also authorize the investments made with the system’s funds. They receive no compensation for their service to OPERS.


Randy Desposito, left, Ken Thomas, right.

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