Annuitant Trustee passes away

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October 4, 2019

IMRF Annuitant Trustee Sharon U. Thompson died on October 3, 2019.

Thompson, the Board Secretary and Legislative Committee Chairperson during 2019, served more than two decades as an IMRF Trustee. She first served from 1993 to 1994 as an Executive Trustee, representing the units of government that participate in IMRF. After her retirement, IMRF retirees elected her Annuitant Trustee four separate times. Thompson held the role from January 2001 until her death. In 2019 alone, she represented 133,261 retirees. In total she served 21 years on the IMRF Board. She was the second-longest tenured Trustee in IMRF history.Image of Sharon Thompson

As one of the eight members of the IMRF Board of Trustees, Thompson was responsible for the administration of the IMRF pension system, including the prudent management of its retirement assets. The Board has many significant responsibilities, including the approval of IMRF’s Strategic Plan and the hiring of an Executive Director.

During her tenure, IMRF assets grew from about $16 billion in 2001 to more than $40 billion today. At the time of her death, IMRF’s funded status was more than 90 percent, and the organization had won numerous awards for customer service.

IMRF Executive Director Brian Collins said that IMRF staff members are deeply saddened by Thompson’s passing and extend condolences to her family.

 “Sharon dedicated two decades of her life to the service of IMRF members and employers,” Collins said. “As a Trustee, she helped chart a course for IMRF to become one of the leading public pension systems in the nation. The entire IMRF family is grateful to Sharon and her family for her many years of passion and dedication. We will miss her very much.”

A resident of Dixon, Illinois, Thompson served 20 years as the Lee County Treasurer. She was a past president of both the Illinois County Treasurers’ Association and the Illinois Association of County Officials.

Visitation is Tuesday, October 8, at Jones Funeral Home in Dixon from 3 to 7 PM, and a Celebration of Life will be held October 9 at the Dixon Elks Lodge at 10:30 AM. Visit the Jones Funeral Home for more details.