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COLUMBUS, OHIO � Governor Bob Taft has appointed Robert H. Baker, Director of the Department of Finance for the City of Cleveland, to the Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund (OP&F) Board of Trustees. His four-year term as the Governor�s appointed investment expert to the Board is scheduled to expire in 2008.
Baker joined the administration of Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell on April 1, 2002, and is responsible for the budget, capital, account, audit, purchasing, printing, technology, and treasury functions of the city. Prior to accepting the position with the City of Cleveland, Baker had been with the law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue from 1973-1989, in the firm�s Cleveland, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Chicago offices.
He also has extensive experience with the State of Ohio, having served as Assistant Finance Director, Budget Director and Finance Director during the administration of Governor John Gilligan (1971-75). A native of Cleveland, Director Baker is a cum laude graduate of Yale College and has a law degree from Yale Law School.
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 three appointed members with professional investment experienceappointed by the Governor, the State Treasurer and a joint appointment from the Senate President and Speaker of the House.
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 52,000 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 available to eligible members.