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Oakland 911 Places Assets with DDJ

Fixed-Income: The Oakland Police and Fire Retirement System (OPFRS) has selected a firm to oversee a high yield/bank loan investment portfolio, David Sancewich, a principal at Pension Consulting Alliance, the fund’s consultant, said.

Stamford Firefighters Plan Mid-Cap Conversation

U.S. Equity: Trustees for the Stamford Firefighters Pension Fund (SFPF) have directed investment consultant Beirne Wealth Consulting to return next month with a list of potential mid-cap funds, IMMP has learned.

Merced County Plans Real Estate Review

Real Estate: With the assistance of its investment consultant, the Merced County Employees’ Retirement Association’s (MCERA) Board of Trustees will review its real portfolio later this month, Steven Bland, plan administrator told IMMP.

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Blue Hills Regional Searches for Outside CIO

The Blue Hills Regional Vocational School Retirement System, based in Canton, Mass., is currently on the hunt for a new asset management firm to provide fiduciary manager services.

OCERS Adds Global Equity Manager to Watch List

International Equity: The Orange County Employees’ Retirement System (OCERS) has approved recommendations regarding its manager watch list.

Iowa Municipal 911 Delegates Assets to Dodge & Cox

Fixed-Income: The Municipal Fire and Police Retirement System of Iowa (MFPRSI) Board decided this week to hire Dodge & Cox for a new core plus fixed-income mandate, confirmed Executive Director Terry Slattery.

City of Fresno Plans More GTAA Talks

The City of Fresno Retirement Systems’ (CFRS) Joint Board will revisit its global tactical asset allocation manager search next month, a reported prepared by Administrator Stanley McDivitt notes.

OpenView Fund Wins Texas County Assets

Alternative Investments: The Texas County & District Retirement System (TCDRS) has committed $17 million to a fund offered by Boston-based OpenView Venture Partners.

Chicago Laborers Ink Progress Investment Management Contract

Trustees for the Chicago Laborers’ and Retirement Board Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund (LABF) approved a new contract with Progress Investment Management Company.

El Paso County Closes in on Targets, Commits to Two

Alternative Investments: In the midst of talks that will likely result in a new investment portfolio mix for the El Paso County Retirement Plan, the Board has approved commitments to new funds, Thomas Pfeifle, executive director told IMMP Wednesday.

Grand Rapids Retirement Systems Slate Search Release

International Equity: The joint board for the Grand Rapids, Mich. General Retirement System and Police and Fire Retirement System, based off a recommendation from investment consultant Wilshire Associates, was slated to review search documents for fixed-income, master limited partnerships (MLPs) and equity strategies last week.

Cook County Pension Issues Non-Core Real Estate RFP

Real Estate: The $9.1 billion Cook County Employees’ & Officers’ Annuity & Benefit Funds are currently accepting proposals for non-core real estate investment management services, IMMP has learned.

OCERS Gearing Up for Watch List Changes

The Orange County Employees’ Retirement System (OCERS) could make changes affecting its manager watch list this week.

Arizona Safety Fund to Consider Commitments

Alternative Investments: Trustees at the $7.3 billion Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) will discuss $355 million in possible new commitments at its Investment Committee meeting Wednesday.

Illinois Municipal Pension Awards PE, EME Mandates

Alternative Investments: Board trustees for the $34.2 billion Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) decided to funnel about $300 million to new non-U.S. private equity and emerging markets equity strategies (EME), IMMP has learned.

Ann Arbor Picks Russell Investments as Transition Manager

Fixed-Income: The Ann Arbor Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) Board of Trustees decided recently to utilize Russell Investments for transition asset management services.

Investec Wins Louisiana Municipal’s EMD Mandate

Fixed-Income: After hearing from four finalists, the Louisiana Municipal Police Employees’ Retirement System (MPERS) Board of Trustees decided to hire Investec Asset Management for its new emerging market debt account, confirmed Executive Director Kathy Bourque.

Oklahoma Tobacco Fund Meets with HY Finalists

Fixed-Income: The Oklahoma Tobacco Endowment Settlement Trust (TSET) is considering three firms for possible oversight of a high yield mandate.

Oakland Muni Plan Considers Highmark Change

The $4.8 million Oakland Municipal Employees’ Retirement System (OMERS) was scheduled to discuss transitioning assets within its fixed-income portfolio, documents prepared for its Aug. 20 meeting state.

KCPERS Hires Brandywine for Global Fixed-Income

Fixed-Income: Brandywine Global Investment Management has been awarded a new global multi-sector fixed-income allocation at the Kansas City Police Employees’ Retirement System (KCPERS), confirmed Jim Pyle, KCPERS pension systems manager.

Fresno County Places $280M with Brandywine

Fixed-Income: The Fresno County Employees’ Retirement Association (FCERA) has approved global firm Brandywine Global Investments Management to oversee a roughly $280 million portfolio, Becky Van Wyk, interim retirement administrator at the plan, told IMMP.

Austin Police Pension Defers Decision on Hedgies

The $620 million City of Austin Police Retirement System will meet with four firms being considered for a hedge fund of funds mandate next month, Sampson Jordan, CEO at the plan said Thursday.

L.A. Fire and Police Pension Preps for Searches

U.S. Equity: The Board at the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension (LAFPP) will discuss criteria for upcoming searches, documents prepared for its Aug. 21 meeting indicate.

City of Atlanta Pension Poses Real Estate RFI

Real Estate: The City of Atlanta General Employees’ Pension Fund (GEPF) Board, with the assistance of investment consultant Callan Associates, is currently entertaining a new request for information from interested real estate managers, confirmed Richard Larimer, pension board administrator from the GEMGroup

NMERB Gives Go-Ahead to $100M in Commitments

Alternative Investments: The New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) approved $100 million in new investment commitments last week.

Winchester Retirement Fund Reissues Real Estate RFP

Real Estate: The Winchester, Mass. Contributory Retirement System has agreed to reissue a prior search for real estate fund managers, confirmed Karen Manchuso, plan Board administrator.

Montana Board of Investments Places Two on Watch

International Equity: An expected update on portfolio activities at the Montana State Board of Investments (BOI) will reveal changes seen in the private equity, real estate, fixed-income and equity portfolios.

Pontiac Rethinks Kennedy Capital Commitment

The City of Pontiac, Mich. General Employees’ Retirement System Board of Trustees revisited a prior decision last month to commit to a Kennedy Capital Management small-cap fund, confirmed Deborah Munson, interim executive director.

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