OCERS Names Chief Investment Officer

June 21, 2012 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - The Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS) hired Girard Miller as chief investment officer, effective July 2.

Previously, Miller was a senior strategist for retirement finance and public-sector investments at the PFM Group. He was also president of Janus Mutual Funds and served as chief operating officer of Janus Capital Group Inc., an investment company with $170 billion of assets under management. Before that, he was president and CEO of the ICMA Retirement Corporation for 10 years after heading Fidelity Investments’ public funds group.

Miller started in the public sector with nine years in local governments in New Jersey and Michigan. He then joined the professional staff of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) in 1981. He founded its Public Investor newsletter for investment professionals and wrote 12 publications for GFOA, including a textbook, Investing Public Funds, and a guidebook for pension trustees on pension fund investing.

“We look forward to having Girard Miller lead our investment team,” said Steve Delaney, chief executive of OCERS. “His investment experience and thorough understanding of public pension plans and retirement-related issues will be of tremendous value to assist the Board of Retirement in managing OCERS’ increasingly diversified portfolio.”

Miller holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. He earned a master’s in public administration at the Maxwell School of Public Affairs of Syracuse University, and a master’s in economics from Wayne State University in Detroit. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a former fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.


Jill Cornfield