REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
POLICE AND FIRE RETIREMENT SYSTEM OF THE CITY OF DETROIT
The Board of Trustees of the City of Detroit Police and Fire Retirement System (System)
is seeking qualified applicants for the position of General Counsel.
General Information Regarding the System
The System is a single employer defined benefit and defined contribution plan providing
retirement and post retirement health care benefits to police officers and firefighters of the City
of Detroit. The System has approximately 14,000 active and retired members and beneficiaries
and manages more than $3.7 billion dollars in assets held in a variety of investment classes.
The System is governed by various provisions of the Michigan Constitution, Michigan
State Statutes, Detroit City Charter, and policies and procedures adopted by the Board of
The System is administered by a 14 member Board of Trustees, consisting of persons
elected by active and retired members, as well as persons appointed by the City. The System
staff is headed by an Executive Director, who also serves the General Retirement System.
Job Duties of the General Counsel
The General Counsel serves as the chief legal officer of the System. The System also
employs a number of outside counsel providing specialized legal services to the Board.
The General Counsel will attend all meetings of the Board of Trustees, which are
generally held weekly. The General Counsel will report at Board meetings on all matters
concerning the legal affairs of the System. Between meetings, the General Counsel will advise
the professional staff on legal matters relating to investments, fiduciary duties, on-going
litigation (including securities litigation), benefits administration, and governmental compliance
issues such as open records and open meetings issues.
The General Counsel is expected to work closely with all outside counsel and to be fully
knowledgeable in all legal matters of the System, including litigation.
The General Counsel will draft and review all contracts on behalf of the System,
including those assigned to outside counsel.
When directed by the Board, the General Counsel shall defend and prosecute all claims
for and against the System in state and federal court.
The General Counsel, as determined by the Board of Trustees, may be an employee of
the System or a contractor.
Qualifications and Desired Skills
Applicants must have a minimum of ten (10) years legal experience with a minimum of
seven (7) years experience in providing legal services to public employee defined benefit and
defined contribution retirement systems. Applicants must have a juris doctor degree from an
ABA accredited law school and be currently licensed to practice law in Michigan or eligible to
become licensed within six (6) months of date of hire. Applicants must have continuously
practiced law on a full time basis for at least five (5) years immediately preceding application.
Applicants must have substantial experience in drafting and working with complex
investment agreements in a wide range of asset classes. Candidates should also have a strong
background in constitutional law, fiduciary law, and open records and meetings laws. Litigation
experience in both state and federal courts (trial and appellate) is highly desired.
Applicants must demonstrate strong writing skills, particularly in issuing clear, concise,
written legal opinions on matters relating to the administration of a large municipal retirement
system. Additionally, applicants should have experience in drafting administrative rules and
policies for governmental entities such as the System.
Candidates must be willing to undergo both a criminal background and credit check.
Compensation shall be commensurate with experience.
Submission of Application
The deadline for submission of the application is November 5, 2012. Interested candidates
should submit one (1) complete electronic copy and eighteen (18) additional paper copies of the
application demonstrating qualifications and compensation requirements to:
Assistant Executive Director
Police and Fire Retirement System of the City of Detroit
2 Woodward Ave, Ste. 908
Detroit, MI 48226
An application may be withdrawn and resubmitted prior to the application deadline.
Any cost incurred in the preparation, submission or presentation of the application
will be borne solely by the applicant.
Timeline for Search and Selection Process
October 4, 2012 Board approves RFP
October 15, 2012 RFP published and posted on website: www.pfrsdetroit.org
October 22, 2012 Deadline for submission of questions concerning the RFP
October 29, 2012 Responses to written questions published
November 5, 2012 Deadline for submission of application’s
Inquiries and Communications
Please refrain from contacting the PFRS staff or Board members during the
search process. All questions regarding the intent or content of this RFP or the
application process must be directed in writing to, and received by David Cetlinski, Assistant
Executive Director (or a person designated by him), either by fax (313) 224-9194, the address
provided in this RFP, or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) on or before
October 22, 2012. Responses to questions will be publicly published on the
PFRS website: www.pfrsdetroit.org.
Cancellation of RFP
PFRS reserves the right to cancel this RFP at any time, and to reject any
and all applications submitted in response to this RFP if PFRS determines
such action or actions are in its best interest. This RFP in no manner
obligates PFRS to the eventual procurement of services until confirmed by
a written contract. Progress toward this end is solely at the discretion of
PFRS and may terminate at any time prior to the signing of a contract.
In accordance with the PFRS Code of Conduct Policy, an evaluation period is
immediately in effect which applies to any attorney providing service to the PFRS. During
the evaluation period, staff and trustees shall not accept meals or other types of gifts from
the type of service provider in question. In addition, trustees shall not communicate with
any attorneys on matters pertaining to PFRS, except during board meetings, committee
meetings, or due diligence visits. All communication to PFRS must be directed to David