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2015 Board of Retirement Election Results
The results are in from SamCERA’s June 2015 Board of Retirement election. Congratulations to David Spinello, Susan Lee, and Shirley Tourel.


Safety Member Seats

David Spinello, a Sheriff’s Deputy, received more votes than Susan Lee, a Probation Officer. As a result, Mr. Spinello has been reelected to the Seventh Member Safety seat, and Ms. Lee has been elected to the Seventh Member Safety Alternate seat.

The Seventh Member Alternate seat is awarded to the candidate who is in an employment class different than the highest vote recipient and receives the highest total for his or her class. This ensures that both Sheriff’s and Probation are represented on the Board of Retirement.

Second Member General Seat

The Second Member General seat was also up for election this year and Shirley Tourel, who ran unopposed, was deemed elected.

Newly Elected Board Member Profiles

  • David Spinello has been with the Sheriff’s Department for 13 years, and was first elected to the Retirement Board in 2009.
  • Susan Lee is a Deputy Probation Officer III, who has been with the Probation Department for the past 13 years. This will be Ms. Lee’s first term on the Board.
  • Shirley Tourel is the Assistant Controller for San Mateo County, and has been with the Controller’s Office for the past 14 years. This will be Ms. Tourel’s first term on the Board.

Additional Information

The terms of office for the newly elected board members commence July 1, 2015, and will expire on June 30, 2018. This year’s election was for active members only. Retired members will be voting in next year’s election, when the Eighth Member Retiree seat and Alternate Retiree seat will be up for election.