RBC | The Republican State House District 57 Vacancy Committee met on Feb. 5 in Meeker and selected Perry Will to fill the house seat vacated by Bob Rankin.
Will has served the past 43 years as an employee of the State of Colorado and is currently serving as a supervisor for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Prior to attending the vacancy committee, Will conducted due diligence to verify the details of retirement from the State of Colorado.
Will initiated the process to retire from the State of Colorado immediately following the vacancy committee appointment. He has had multiple conversations and communication with Colorado Parks and Wildlife human resource specialists and Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) representatives.
Since Federal law and Colorado statutes state that a retiree may not retire until the end of a calendar month, Will’s retirement from the State of Colorado will become effective on March 1, 2019. The same laws and statutes prohibit Will from starting new employment until Saturday, March 2. If he were to start new employment prior to Saturday, March 2, he would jeopardize 43 years of service credit and his PERA retirement benefits.
He will be sworn in to the Colorado House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 and will arrive at the Colorado State Capitol on Feb. 19 to meet state legislators and staff and observe committee meetings and the proceedings of the Colorado Legislature during the days prior to his swearing-in.
“I understand the importance of my appointment to the Colorado House of Representatives and look forward to serving. I appreciate the understanding and patience of the residents of House District 57 and the leadership of the Colorado State House of Representatives as I comply with Federal law and Colorado statutes regarding retirement,” Will stated.
Special to the Herald Times