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Scope of Work


In November 2011, the Board of Supervisors approved several goals and strategies to reduce Sonoma County’s pension system costs and ensure a fair, equitable, and sustainable pension system. As part of this effort, the Board directed to staff to explore establishment of an Independent Citizen's Committee to review and propose policy changes to control pension system costs. In April 2015, the Board initiated a selection and recruitment process for 5-7 members from the public to serve on the new committee. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors authorized creation of the Sonoma County Independent Citizen Advisory Committee on Pension Matters (“Committee” hereinafter), and approved appointment of its members on September 22, 201

Committee Duration

The Committee’s work is anticipated to conclude approximately six to nine months from the date of the first official meeting on October 2, 2015. The written report deliverable outlined in Section 4 below will be due by June 30, 2016.

Committee Purpose, Scope, and Deliverables

The Board of Supervisors created the Committee for the purpose of reviewing and evaluating the Board’s pension reform efforts to date. The Committee is charged with producing a written report deliverable addressing three specific areas:

  1. A review and opinion on what the County has accomplished to date with its pension reform efforts.
  2. A short, 1-2 page easy to understand description of the County’s current pension system and the roles and responsibilities of the governing bodies involved in the system.
  3. A review and opinion on the currently approved next steps and recommendations for continuing pension reform efforts from the January 27, 2015 report, and any other recommendations the Committee wishes to make for further improvement and progress towards the Board of Supervisor’s adopted goals on pension reform.

Contact Information

Independent Citizens Advisory Committee on Pension Matters
Policy, Grants, and Special Projects Division

Sonoma County Administrator’s Office
Contact us by Phone
575 Administration Drive
Suite 104A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464665, -122.725235