North Dakota RIO Taps Chad Roberts as Deputy Executive Director

Agency names replacement for Jan Murtha after nearly eight-month search.

After a nearly eight-month search, the North Dakota State Retirement and Investment Office has named Chad Roberts as its deputy executive director and chief retirement officer, effective July 11. He succeeds Jan Murtha, who was promoted to executive director last November.


According to North Dakota RIO, Roberts has more than 25 years of experience serving in government administrative and leadership roles. He was most recently deputy county administrator of Polk County, Wisconsin, serving as chief financial officer and human resource director in addition to overseeing IT and other central government services. His duties included budget creation and maintenance, managing human resources and benefits administration and helping implement a long-term strategic direction of the organization.


Prior to working as a county executive, Roberts was agency head for two law enforcement agencies following a career in law enforcement. He received a B.S. in accounting from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he is currently completing his master’s in accounting. He has also served as a board member of the Wisconsin State Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff’s Association. 


“Roberts brings with him a strong background in finance, project management, human resource and change initiatives,” Murtha said in a statement. “RIO will benefit from his experience and perspective as we progress with our pension administration modernization project and develop our talent management program for the agency.”


North Dakota RIO was established in 1989 to administer the activities of the State Investment Board and the Teachers’ Fund for Retirement.


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