Firemen's Pension Board

The Gunnison Firemen's Pension Fund Board manages all contributions received annually from the State of Colorado, Gunnison County Fire Protection District and the City of Gunnison. All funds are currently invested with Wells Fargo in a Pension Trust Fund.

Retirement benefits are paid to any volunteer member who has retired with at least twenty years of active service and has attained the age of fifty years. If any member dies in the line of duty as a firefighter, death benefits are paid to the surviving spouse or surviving children. Additionally, the surviving spouse of a pensioned firefighter may receive fifty percent of the pensioner's benefit amount.

The Pension Board consists of seven members:

  • Hugo Ferchau - Gunnison Volunteer Fire Dept Chief
  • Joel Ruehle - Fireman
  • Chuck Haus - Fireman
  • Walt Cranor- Gunnison Fire Protection District
  • Steve Williams - Gunnison Fire Protection District
  • Robert Drexel - City Council
  • Jim Miles - City Council

In addition, the Secretary/Treasurer is the Finance Director of the City of Gunnison and serves for the same term of office as the term as Finance Director for the City of Gunnison.

  • Ben Cowan - City Finance Director

Board meetings are held semi-annually to review, and if necessary, authorize changes in investment strategy and/or benefit structure.

Online Access to Documents Includes:
Communication may be sent to:
PO Box 239
Gunnison, CO 81230
Contact: Ben Cowan, Secretary/Treasurer with any additional questions