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An Inventory of its Records at the City Archives, New Orleans Public Library
The New Orleans municipal government's Civil Service system began operations in 1943 and it soon became apparent that a municipal employees' retirement system was necessary and desirable. Act 119 of the 1944 Louisiana Legislature made such a system possible, and led the City to appoint a Retirement Committee to survey and report to the City Council on the feasibility of instituting a retirement system. On April 25, 1947 the Council passed ordinance #16,833 CCS establishing the Board of Trustees of the Employees' Retirement System of the City of New Orleans.
The Board was to have general administration and responsibility for the proper operation of the retirement system. It was to be composed of five members: a qualified elector of the City who was not a city employee (appointed by the Mayor with Council approval), the Commissioner of Public Finance (ex-officio), the Director of Personnel (ex-officio), and two city employees who were members of the system (elected by the members of the system). The ex-officio members served terms equal to their terms in office, the elector served an initial term of five years (four years thereafter), and the employee members served initial terms of one and two years (three years thereafter). The Board generally met once a month. Initially the system's staff included a director, a secretary, an accountant, a field inspector, and a clerk. It also employeed the services of an actuary who reported on the valuation of the system's assets and liabilities.
Microfilm copies of records dealing with changes in the status of individual members of the system and records relating to the deaths of individual members.
The records are arranged in two series:
Restrictions on Access
There are no restrictions on access to these microfilms.
Restrictions on Use
Social Security numbers and other personal information should not be used in publication for any individuals not known to be deceased.
The City Archives also holds a number of printed materials created by and for the retirement system, including annual reports and various reports on investments. See the NOPL automated catalog and the old City Archives catalog for listings of these publications.
Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the New Orleans Public Library's automated catalog and the NUTRIAS web site using these headings.
Municipal officials and employees -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
New Orleans (La.) -- Officials and employees--Retirement.
Personnel records--Louisiana--New Orleans.
We believe that the originals were destroyed after being microfilmed.
Records of the Employees' Retirement System of the City of New Orleans, City Archives, New Orleans Public Library
Reference copies of the master film negatives were duplicated in 2004.
See the sections on the Board of Trustees of the Employees' Retirement System of the City of New Orleans in "Board and Commissions Reports prepared for Charter Committe for the City of N.O., 1951."
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