The historic San Diego County Administration Center on the waterfront in downtown San Diego. Courtesy County News Center
The historic San Diego County Administration Center on the waterfront in downtown San Diego. Courtesy County News Center

The chief executive of the San Diego County Employees Retirement Association, which manages the pension system for 39,500 current and former county employees, is leaving after 18 years in the post.

Board Chairman E. F. “Skip” Murphy announced Thursday that CEO Brian White has tendered his resignation and his last day will be March 30.

“Brian has worked tirelessly on behalf of SDCERA, its trustees, members and staff for 18 years,” Murphy said. “We are grateful for Brian’s dedicated service and wish him the best.”

Under White’s leadership, the pension system’s assets grew from approximately $3 billion to a record $10.5 billion.

“I have spent almost two decades as SDCERA’s CEO, and am very proud of the organization’s growth and accomplishments during my tenure,” White said.

A spokesman for the pension system said White plans to pursue new challenges and opportunities.

David Wescoe, a former CEO of the city of San Diego retirement system, will assume the CEO duties on an interim basis while the a permanent replacement is sought. Wesco is currently consulting for the county pensions system.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.