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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Board of Trustees of the Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund (OP&F) today named Mr. Lawrence G. Petrick, Jr. to fill the vacant position representing active firefighters on the OP&F Board. Mr. Petrick will begin his duties immediately.
A 22 year veteran of the fire service, Mr. Petrick is currently ranked a lieutenant with the Shaker Heights Fire Department, where he serves as acting captain. He has also served as president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary for the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 516 Executive Board. Mr. Petrick has been Director of Health, Safety & EMS for the Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters since 1993, where he represents more than 9,200 Ohio firefighters. In this position, Mr. Petrick has assisted OP&F Board members in researching Board policy to benefit OP&F members.
He is a certified fire inspector and fire instructor with the state of Ohio and taught and Cuyahoga Community College for ten years. He has also authored fire service articles in First Due News and Ohio Fire Chief's Journal.
OP&F's Board of Trustees filled the vacant position in accordance with Ohio law, which provides for the elected members of the Board to appoint a successor. The Board established a nominating committee to review candidates and recommended Mr. Petrick to serve the remainder of the term previously held by Mr. David Harker. All eligible active firefighters will have the opportunity to participate in a statewide election in the spring of 2004 to fill a four-year term for the position that will begin in June 2004.
OP&F's Board of Trustees consists of six elected members representing police officers and firefighters (two active police officers, two active firefighters, one retired police officer and one retired firefighter), as well as the Ohio Attorney General, the Ohio Auditor of State, and a fiscal officer of an Ohio municipal corporation appointed by the Governor.
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