Dallas Police and Fire Pension Names James A. Perry Chief Investment Officer

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After a few negative headlines, including a potential FBI inquiry and some trepidation about some serious losses, the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System has created a new position to oversee the $3.1 billion portfolio that funds the retirement income of our city’s first responders.

The pension system has brought in Texas Tech University System assistant chancellor James A. Perry as the Chief Investment Officer. Perry has more than 20 years of investment management experience, according to the pension board. He’s overseen public assets in California and in Texas.

Perry is scheduled to start Sept. 1. He’ll report to the pension system’s executive director, Kelly Gottschalk.


“We are pleased James will be joining the Dallas Police & Fire Pension System,” Gottschalk said in a press release. “He has impressive credentials and the relevant experience to lead our portfolio. We believe he is the right person to lead our investments strategy moving forward and will help us achieve our long-term goals.”

This isn’t Perry’s first go-round with a pension system, as he did a turn with the San Bernardino County Employee’s Retirement Association as a senior investment officer. In that position he helped manage $8 billion in assets serving more than 28,500 members. Perry graduated from University of Houston with a B.S. in Biochemical and Biophysical Sciences. He received his MBA from National University. Perry, a chartered financial analyst and alternative investment analyst, served for more than 8 years as an officer and aviator in the United States Navy.

“I am honored to join DPFP and I am committed to working with Kelly and her leadership team and the Board of Trustees to lead the change of direction needed to grow and protect the members’ retirement benefits,” Perry said in the release.



What are your thoughts on this new hire?


Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for CandysDirt.com. While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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  1. dormand long says

    It appears that Mr. Perry is better suited for the daunting task of managing a portfolio of investments with a balance of the key elements of yield, volatility and liquidity so that a massive amount of cash will be available to send out each and every month into perpetuity to the first responders and their survivors who kept our city safe from a multitude of threats and dangers.

    Mr. Perry appears to have a more suitable background for this heavy responsibility. It was noted that his predecessor’s background was in putting double dips of ice cream into cones as a Baskin-Robbines franchisee.

    The outcomes of that manager choice appear to be what logic would suggest. I suggest that those whose board fiduciary responsibility was to oversee the operating management of the Fund.

    With actions there are repercussions. Board members who do not perform are held accountable.

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