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Kelly Fox Accepts Position at CalPERS, Resigns as IAFF 7th District Vice President
On Friday, June 23, 2017, Kelly Fox announced that he had accepted a position with the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and would resign his position as International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) 7th District Vice President effective upon the election of his successor. “After working with the IAFF on multiple levels over many years. . . I am ready to pursue new challenges that remain consistent with the values and objectives of our IAFF and the greater labor movement,” he said. Fox will serve as Chief of Stakeholder Relations for the $300 billion CalPERS fund, the largest defined benefit public pension fund in the United States.
Fox, an Olympia fire fighter since 1990, led the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters (WSCFF) as president for nearly 20 years and was recognized last week at the organization’s 78th Annual Convention. Members conferred upon him the title “President Emeritus” and named the WSCFF Legislative Conference in his honor. Fox led the WSCFF membership to present and pass Initiative 790 in 2002, creating the Law Enforcement Officers and Fire Fighters (LEOFF) Plan 2 Retirement Board, and served as its chair from 2003 – 2017.
WSCFF President Dennis Lawson said, “Under Kelly’s leadership, the WSCFF became a political force in Washington and beyond. Under his guidance we were able to pass legislation that expanded our presumptive coverage, provides disability coverage for those who suffer career-ending injuries, and gives peace of mind to surviving spouses. I know he will bring the same drive and commitment to serve the public employees of California.”
The IAFF will hold a special election for 7th District Vice President, representing IAFF members in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska, in the next 45 days. The IAFF will communicate directly with local leaders about the details of this election.
FFR4R is an initiative started by firefighters from WAY State. These brave defenders, along with their brothers and sisters will embark on a 25 day bicycle ride starting in Seattle and ending in Los Angeles. The riders will be stopping each evening in a predetermined city where they will host a fundraising event benefiting the Gary Sinise Foundation “RISE” Restoring Independence and Supporting Empowerment program. Any Firefighters interested in participating or helping contact Rich Smith or Rick Kimmel at email@example.com
After more than two years of dedicated work, the efforts to produce a best practices manual for reducing fire fighter risk of exposures to carcinogens has come to fruition. Healthy In, Healthy Out is now available for all fire fighters in Washington. To get copies for your members, call the WSCFF office at 360-943-3030.
Copies are now available in Spanish or click for flipbook.
Watch the Healthy-In, Healthy Out VIDEO for more best practices protocols.
Our gratitude to Beth Gallup of Local 1747 for leading the effort and the team of dedicated members and professionals who worked diligently to help our members protect themselves: Bob Carroll, Local 452; Charles Cordova, Local 2898; Bob Dirham, Local 1296; Brian Dodge, Bates & Local 1747; Scott Ervin, Local 2024; Dan Griffey, Local 2394; J. Havner, Local 27; Bill Hoover, Local 2545 & Firefighters Cancer Support Network; Jenny Keizer, Kent Fire Department; Dean Shelton, Local 3219 & WSCFF 10th District Rep.; Brad Thompson, Valley Regional Fire Authority; Adam Villard, Local 3811.
Funding and support for this project has been provided by the State of Washington, Department of Labor and Industries, Safety & Health Investment Projects.PausedPaused