CCCERA Retirement Board Trustees

Contra Costa County
Employees' Retirement Association
Retirement Board Roster
TRUSTEE TERM Expires Appointed/Elected By
John B. Phillips, Chairperson June 30, 2017 Board of Supervisors
Todd Smithey, Vice-Chairperson June 30, 2017 General Members
Scott Gordon, Secretary June 30, 2016 Board of Supervisors
Brian Hast June 30, 2016 General Members
Candace Andersen June 30, 2017 Board of Supervisors
Gabe Rodrigues June 30, 2017 Safety Members
Debora Allen June 30, 2017 Board of Supervisors
Russell V. Watts, County Treasurer Permanent Office
Jerry Telles June 30, 2016 Retirees
Jerry R. Holcombe (alternate) June 30, 2017 Board of Supervisors
William Pigeon (alternate) June 30, 2017 Safety Members
Louie Kroll (alternate) June 30, 2016 Retiree Alternate

Board Member Biographies
John B. Phillips
John B. Phillips has had two private sector careers, retiring as a regional managing partner with the firm now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1997, and as the CEO of a health insurance company, California CPA ProtectPlus, in 2006. He is both a pension actuary and a CPA and now provides consulting services out of his own practice. He earned both his undergraduate and MBA degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and he served on the 2008/2009 Contra Costa Grand Jury. He has also served on the Boards of a variety of for-profit, not-for-profit and professional organizations.
John B. Phillips
Todd Smithey
Todd Smithey was elected to the Board of Retirement in 2014. Todd has worked in the finance division of Central Contra Costa Sanitary District since 1998 and is currently the finance administrator. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, graduating with honors.
Todd Smithey
Scott Gordon
Scott W. Gordon is an attorney specializing in environmental and land use law, regulatory compliance and business transactions for public agencies and private entities. His practice includes the representation of clients in municipal contract matters, large-scale land use entitlement and environmental matters, and all aspects of CEQA and NEPA compliance and litigation. Mr. Gordon previously served as General Counsel to the Rodeo-Hercules Fire Protection District from 1985 – 2001. He also previously served as Treasurer, Martinez Community Foundation; Board Member, Martinez Education Foundation; Chairperson, Contra Costa County Arts & Culture Commission (AC5); and Chairperson, City of Martinez Parking Commission. He served as Sacramento Legislative Aide to the late California State Senator John A. Nejedly, R- Walnut Creek, 1977-78.

Mr. Gordon received his B.A. in Business Economics with honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1977, and his law degree with high honors from U.C. Hastings College of the Law in 1981, where he was Order of the Coif and a Member of the Thurston Society. Mr. Gordon has been a Member of the State Bar of California since 1981, and carries an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Gordon is a member of the Los Angeles County and Contra Costa County Bar Associations.
Scott Gordon

Russell V. Watts, County TreasurerCandace Andersen
Russell (Rusty) Watts was elected Contra Costa County Treasurer-Tax Collector in June 2010.  He serves as ex officio member on the retirement board, representing the county at large. <--break->He also serves on the county’s debt advisory committee and the OPEB Trust Advisory Group, and is the plan administrator for the Public Agencies Post-Retirement Health Care Plan Trust.  Rusty is also a member of the California Association of County Treasurer-Tax Collectors and serves on the association’s legislative committee.  He received his bachelors of arts degree from Brigham Young University and earned his masters in public administration at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  He has worked in tax administration and treasury management since 1994.

Russell Watts
Candace Andersen
Candace Andersen is a member of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. She was elected on June 5, 2012 and sworn in on June 26, 2012, to begin serving her first term representing District 2. Previously, Candace was on the Danville Town Council from 2003 through June 25, 2012, serving two terms as Mayor. She also served on the Morgan Hill City Council in the early 1990's. She is an attorney licensed to practice law in California and Hawaii. She began her legal career as a Prosecuting Attorney in her hometown of Honolulu and worked as a civil practitioner with a law firm in Morgan Hill. Candace put her legal career on hold to serve the community and raise her family. She received both her B.A. in Public Policy (1982) and Juris Doctorate (1985) from Brigham Young University, and attended Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii from K-12.
Candace Andersen

William Pigeon
William Pigeon is the Safety member representative for CCCERA, completing the current Safety Board term.


Debora Allen
Debora started her career as a CPA for KPMG, and is experienced in both the audit and tax sides of public accounting. She has served as a corporate CFO and Tax Manager, as well as business owner in the real estate and construction industries. She has served on multiple non-profit boards.
Debora Allen
Brian Hast
Brian Hast is a General Member representative for CCCERA. He has served as a trustee since 1998. He has been employed by Contra Costa County as a Deputy District Attorney since 1984. After graduating from the University of California Hastings College of Law in 1981, Mr. Hast worked for Peat Marwick, Mitchell & Co., and Merrill Lynch in tax and financial planning positions. Prior to attending law school, he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business and an MBA in Corporate Finance from California State University at Hayward.

Brian Hast
Jerry Telles
Jerry Telles is a Retiree Member representative for CCCERA. He retired in 1999 as a supervisor for the Contra Costa County Probation Department with 30 years of service. He received his B.A. from California State University, Hayward, and completed post graduate work at John F. Kennedy University. He is an active member of the Retiree Support Group of Contra Costa County and Secretary of Retiree Local 142, AFSCME. He is a past President of the Martinez Education Foundation. In addition, Mr. Telles served on the Martinez Bocce Ball Federation and the Student and Attendance Review Board of the Martinez Unified School District.
Jerry Telles
Jerry R. Holcombe
Jerry Holcombe has extensive experience in the private sector, retiring as a Senior Vice President of Delta Dental of California in 2005 after a 32-year career.  Following his retirement, he served two terms on the Contra Costa County Grand Jury, acting as its foreperson during the 2007-2008 term.  He is a life-long resident of Contra Costa County and a 1969 graduate of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.  In later years, when his daughter was enrolled at Cal Poly, he was a member and served as the chairperson of the university’s Parent Advisory Council.
Jerry R. Holcombe
Gabriel Rodrigues

Gabe Rodrigues is a Deputy Sheriff with the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff. Gabe spent over two decades in the Food and Drug Industry prior to entering Law Enforcement. His titles included Financial Analyst, Database Analyst, Marketing Manager, and Account Executive. He spent the majority of this part of his career with two Fortune 500 companies before moving to a start-up company, ending his career as the Director of Sales for an international food manufacturing company. At the age of 48, Gabe followed his lifelong dream of becoming a Peace Officer. His work in Law Enforcement provides him with the satisfaction of helping the community that he is sworn to protect.

Gabe is the son of immigrant parents from Portugal who taught him to appreciate all America has to offer, but to never take our freedoms and rights for granted. Gabe chose to become a Retirement Board Trustee, allowing him the opportunity to use his business experience to protect and grow the assets of the pension plan that his fellow Contra Costa County employees depend on for their retirement. Gabe is available to all Sheriff Office employees, as well as all other County employees, to assist them with any questions or concerns they have about their pension plan.

Gabe earned his Bachelor of Arts in Management from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California and his MBA in Marketing Management from California State University, Hayward. Gabe enjoys spending his time with his two children, their spouses, his grandson, and the rest of his family.

Louie A. Kroll
Louie Kroll retired from the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff in 2006, after 26 years of service. He served on the Board of Directors of the Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriff's Association from 1992 to 2000. During that tenure, he held the positions of Association President from 1995 through 1997, Vice-President in 1995, and Treasurer from 1998 through 2000. He participated as a member of the contract negotiations team and the labor/management committee. He served on the Board of Directors for the Peace Officers Research Association of California from 1997 to 2006, and was a committee member and Chairperson for the Concerns of Police Officer Relations Committee from 2001 to 2006.

Mr. Kroll was a Board Trustee for the Contra Costa County Employees' Retirement Association from 1997 to 2006. He served as Chairman for the Safety Committee for the State Association of California Retirement Associations from 2002 to 2006. Since 2007, he has served on the Retiree Support Group Board of Directors and the Strategy Committee. Mr. Kroll graduated from Contra Costa College with an Associate of Science Degree in Administration of Justice, awarded with a Certificate of Achievement.