Local Government Hero Finalists Announced

We're proud of each and every one of our nominees for their accomplishments and dedication to the community and to public service. It was a challenge to pick just three finalists for the first LAGERS Local Government Hero Award.

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Public Service Recognition Week Reminds Us of Our Members' Dedication and Commitment

This week is Public Service Recognition Week, and what better way to celebrate than to highlight a couple of our members that work at one of our newest employers, Daniel Boone Regional Library.

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National Lineman Appreciation Day

Whew! There's so much to celebrate in local government this week. It's Local Government Week, National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, and today is National Lineman Appreciation Day.

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Happy Local Government Week!

This week we celebrate everything that makes our local governments wonderful. From roads, school buses, clean water and parks; to our local officials and our first responders - fire, police and EMS workers and everyone in between who works hard for their local communities.

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Behind the Scenes, Dickerson Park Zoo

Come with us on a behind the scenes visit to LAGERS employer Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield. You'll see just how important it is to these LAGERS members that they get to serve their community in such a fun and interesting way. These City of Springfield employees work in many different roles at the zoo, with most of them being Zookeepers and caretakers of the animals. Their commitment to their jobs and their service shows through in each of the videos below.

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Women Working in "Non-Traditional" Fields - New Board Member Sandy Walker

International Women's Day was last week, and what better way to celebrate then to speak to a woman who's been breaking the mold of what we're told should be "a woman's job" all her life.

Meet our new Board member, Sandy Walker, in her own words.

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Lessons from failed pension reform

We spend a lot of time talking about the savings crisis in the United States.  We’ve written about the unfunded liabilities in 401(k) plans, we’ve written about the lack of financial literacy, and the dangerously low retirement account balances across the country.  And while all of this might lead to the conclusions that having a defined benefit plan, like LAGERS, is an important cornerstone to retirement security in America, pension reform debates still often favor the significant reduction or elimination of defined benefit plans altogether.   

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Why the City of Webster Groves Switched from a Defined Contribution Plan to a Defined Benefit Plan

In 2013, the City of Webster Groves joined the Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System (LAGERS), a statewide public defined benefit retirement plan covering local government workers from all across Missouri. This is our story of why and how we made this giant leap forward in providing retirement benefits to our employees, and, we believe, in ultimately enhancing service to our citizens.

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our Experience with LAGERS

Jackie Barnett, PHR, SHRM-CP is a long-term public employee at the City of Columbia, MO.  She has completed 23 years of service and is the HR Manager responsible for payroll support and benefits for over 2000 employees. The City of Columbia has recently engaged LAGERS to do on-site meetings for its employees in order to better inform them on the value of a LAGERS pension. Since pensions are a great tool to attract, but also retain quality employees, the City wants to educate its employees on LAGERS in order to increase retention among City employees. This is her account of their experience.

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The Backbone of Our Communities


This week we are celebrating public servants during Public Service Recognition Week. It's a time to take a moment to observe the men and women that make our communities go. At LAGERS, we have the pleasure of serving the public servants with whom we interact with daily. We have collected many stories from these wonderful people over the years and would like to share some of those stories here as we say THANK YOU to all the public servants out there!

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