Wyoming Retirement System (WRS) Announces New Executive Director



(CHEYENNE, WY) – Wyoming Retirement System (WRS) Names New Executive Director
(CHEYENNE, WY) –David Swindell has been selected to lead the Wyoming Retirement System,
the administrator of retirement plans for a majority of public employees in Wyoming. Swindell
will assume the role of Executive Director on August 1, 2019.

Swindell will serve as WRS’ tenth Executive Director. Mr. Swindell replaces Ruth Ryerson,
who is looking forward to retiring in July of this year after leading the system for the past 6

He comes to the position of Executive Director after serving five years as the system’s Deputy
Director. Swindell was raised in Riverton, Wyoming and was appointed to U.S. Military
Academy at West Point from Riverton High School. He served 22 years in the U.S. Army,
retiring with a rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Prior to serving WRS, Dave was the Chief Financial
Officer for the City of Pocatello, ID. His education includes a MPA with concentration in
economics from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military
Academy at West Point.

“As evidenced by his diverse experience, Dave is an outstanding fit to lead WRS’ mission of
providing expert administration and responsible investment of Wyoming’s public retirement and
supplemental savings program,” said Eric Nelson, WRS Vice-Chair, and chair of the search

“I am truly humbled and excited to continue my career with such a well-run, respected agency
and follow such a well-respected leader as Ruth has been,” said Mr. Swindell. “It’s an honor to
have the opportunity to lead a team so committed to WRS’ mission and core values.”
The Wyoming Retirement System, with a portfolio valued at $8.5 billion as of May 31, 2019,
administers retirement plans for a majority of public employees in Wyoming. WRS’ serves 700+
Wyoming employers and their 41,000 employees covering public safety professionals, volunteer
fire, EMT, and search and rescue, as well as law enforcement, fire fighters, teachers, and public
employees. WRS members retire on average after approximately 20 years of service, with a
median retirement age of 60, and a monthly pension of $1,721. For more data, download the WRS
summary report. More information is available at www.retirement.wyo.gov. WRS’ Staff
Development and Executive Administrator, Mike Bleakley, can answer specific questions via
email at mike.bleakley@wyo.gov or 307-777-6115.

 Click here to download a high resolution image of David Swindell