The director of the Nebraska Public Employees Retirement Systems shall employ qualified personnel as may be required to carry out the duties and responsibilities required under sections 84-1501 to 84-1513. Such employees shall be deemed state employees and covered by the State Personnel System pursuant to sections 81-1301 to 81-1368 and other personnel rules or regulations. The positions of the internal auditor and the attorney hired by the board pursuant to section 84-1503 shall be classified positions covered by the State Personnel System and shall not be noncovered positions under subsection (2) of section 81-1316. The director shall be exempt from the State Personnel System. All employees shall comply with state accounting regulations and applicable state and federal laws in the discharge of their duties.