Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems

Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems Announces Appointment of Ken Haben to its Board of Directors

The appointment comes due to a shift in Board seats leaving an unexpired term

AUSTIN (January 17, 2023) - The Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems announced today the appointment of Ken Haben to the Board of Directors. This fills a vacancy to an unexpired term that is open for reelection in 2024.

TEXPERS Board members voted unanimously to appoint Haben to Position 6, a police representative, on the Association’s Board. The TEXPERS Board comprises of 11 members: three represent the municipal system, three represent the fire system, three represent the police system, two represent the authority district, and the past president serves as the nonvoting ex-officio member.

In December, Position 8 Board Member James Smith resigned from the Board. Also on Jan. 17, Board members unanimously voted to move Terry Bratton, who previously held Position 6, into Smith's position, which left Position 6 open.

“I am looking forward to working with Ken,” said TEXPERS Executive Director Art Alfaro. “One of our board members nominated Ken to fill an open position. He’s been a member of TEXPERS, and he has an extensive background in public pensions. I think he’ll make a fine appointee until elections come in 2024.”

Haben is a trustee of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension Board and a public arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. He worked for the Dallas Police Department for 38 years before joining the Authority.

During that time, he worked for the Financial Investigations Unit, supervising the Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture Squad. He also served on the National White Collar Crime Center board and was a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Previously, Haben served as vice chair of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension board. In addition to being a member of the National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators, he was chair of the Dallas 457 Deferred Compensation Board and vice chair of the Dallas 401(k) board.

He graduated from Slippery Rock State College with a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Public Administration. He also attended the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.

In addition, he is a trustee of the Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation and a life member of the International Police Association.

“I’m both honored and excited to to have the opportunity to work with pension professionals from around the state,” Haben said.


As a voluntary nonprofit organization, the Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems (TEXPERS) provides education and legislative advisory services to trustees, administrators, professional service providers, and employee groups that manage retirement funds for police officers, firefighters, and municipal and district employees across Texas. The Association comprises 68 pension systems with a total of $32.7 billion in retirement assets managed on behalf of 57,728 active members and 60,737 retirees and beneficiaries.

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