Sparb Collins

Sparb Collins, executive director for NDPERS, answered a number of questions from lawmakers about the agency.

The head of the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System is retiring after 28 years.

NDPERS Executive Director Sparb Collins will leave his post Oct. 31, with COO Sharon Schiermeister acting as interim director.

Since Collins started at NDPERS in 1989, the organization has greatly expanded both the number and type of political subdivisions it serves, as well as the scope of products it offers. There are 45,000 people enrolled in the organization’s six different retirement plans and 68,000 covered in the group health insurance program.

Before starting at NDPERS, the Mandan native and University of North Dakota graduate served as a fiscal analyst for the North Dakota Office of Management and Budget. Before that he worked at the state Health Department and a private consulting firm.

Over the next few months, NDPERS board will conduct recruitment efforts.

Gov. Doug Burgum today also appointed Mark Dosch of Bismarck to chair the NDPERS Board of Trustees, replacing outgoing chairman Jon Strinden.

Dosch is the owner and president of Expressway Inn & Suites in Bismarck. He served in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 2001 to 2016. He has a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance from the University of North Dakota. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Grand Forks-based Edgewood Real Estate Investment Trust, which provides multi-family and senior housing across seven Midwest states.

Reach Jessica Holdman at 701-250-8261 or jessica.holdman@bismarcktribune.com

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