Leading Pension Defender Leaves Legacy for Firefighters

Alva Littlejohn, who served on the Lubbock Fire Pension for 32 years and as a firefighter for 29 years in the City of Lubbock, died on Dec. 11, 2023. Family and friends remembered him during a visitation on Dec. 17 and funeral services on Dec. 18. He was 79.

Littlejohn held positions of trustee, vice-chairman, chairman, and civilian trustee on the pension system. As a member of TEXPERS, he attained the Association's designation of Certified Trustee.

Littlejohn served as the chair of the TLFFRA Education Foundation, a nonprofit foundation organized to provide professional development for firefighter pension board members. He also chaired the TLFFRA Peer Review Committee, which he started in 2007 with former Firefighters' Pension Commissioner Lisa Ivie Miller. Littlejohn also co-authored the TLFRRA New Trustee Manual. In addition, he served on the Pension Review Board Committee that established Minimum Education Training for trustees of pension funds across Texas.

Littlejohn's years of service and dedication were recognized by Kolby Beckham, the current TLFFRA Education Foundation chair, through a new TLFFRA Peer Review scholarship that recognizes trustees who seek to continuously improve their education and training in their local pension funds.

Littlejohn worked over many years in planning and developing TLFFRA's annual conference. Moreover, when the Texas Legislature sunset the Office of the Firefighters' Pension Commissioner, Littlejohn worked with the former commissioner and TEXPERS board members to map out the direction for the future of TLFFRA Trustees' support and continuing education. He led that plan with stakeholders, the Texas Pension Review Board, the Legislature, and TEXPERS.

A link to Littlejohn's obituary is available here.

About the Author:
Joe Gimenez is a public relations professional who specializes in pension fund communications. He has assisted TEXPERS and several Texas pension funds in crisis situations and public affairs.


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