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COLUMBUS, Ohio – David A. Witner has been elected to the OP&F Board of Trustees as one of two active firefighter representatives. Witner, who was sworn in on June 7, assumed his trustee duties at the June 29 Board meeting. Witner will serve a four year term that expires in June 2014.
Witner is currently a Lieutenant with the Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department where he has been employed as a firefighter/paramedic since 1986. He graduated from Ohio State University (Columbus) with a B.S. in Agriculture ('82). Mr. Witner, who resides in Clinton, received his Juris Doctor from the University of Akron in May 1994 and was admitted to the Ohio Bar in November 1994. His legal experience includes trial work, arbitration, contracts and handling grievances.
In addition to the six elected members of the OP&F Board who represent police officers and firefighters (two active police officers, two active firefighters, one retired police officer and one retired firefighter), three investment experts are also appointed as trustees: one by the Governor, one by the Treasurer of State and a joint appointment by the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives.
Created in 1965 as a result of an act passed by the Ohio General Assembly, OP&F is a multi-employer pension fund serving more than 53,000 members. OP&F provides pension, disability, and survivor benefits to Ohio’s full-time police officers and firefighters and their eligible beneficiaries and sponsors a health care program for eligible benefit recipients.