Last Updated March 2016
As a current Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ (LEOFF) Retirement System member, you are eligible (but not required) to continue participating in LEOFF Plan 1 if one of the following is true:
If you are a former rather than current LEOFF Plan 1 member at the time of your election, you are not eligible to resume LEOFF Plan 1 membership. However, you might be eligible to enroll in the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS). For more information, see PERS Plans 2 and 3 Rules for State Elected Officials or PERS Plans 2 and 3 Rules for Local Elected Officials.
To remain a member, you must tell DRS you are taking a leave of absence to serve in elected office and want to keep your LEOFF Plan 1 membership active.
Give DRS the following information:
Once DRS receives the information, we will send you a letter and application for membership.
Once you reestablish retirement system membership, you must remain a member throughout your term. If you are elected to additional terms in office and want to continue your membership, you must reapply to DRS before each new term starts.
The amount of service credit you earn helps determine the amount of your monthly retirement benefit.
If you chose not to participate in LEOFF Plan 1 during your term in elected service, you cannot purchase credit for that service at a later date.
The formula for a monthly service retirement benefit varies according to length of service. The following formulas apply:
If you hold the same position or rank for at least 12 months preceding your retirement, your Final Average Salary (FAS) will be the basic salary for that position or rank at the time of your retirement.
If you don’t hold the same position or rank for at least 12 months preceding your retirement, your FAS will be the average of your 24 highest-paid, consecutive months within your last 10 years of credited service.
If you become disabled, your FAS will be your basic salary at the time of your disability retirement.
If you are a vested member who separates from employment before becoming eligible to retire, your FAS will be your basic salary at the time you left service.
No, you must separate from service to become eligible to receive retirement benefits.
You could be required to contribute a percentage of your basic salary to LEOFF. A payment is considered basic salary if it is part of the monthly rate of salary or wages attached to your position.
If you are a retired LEOFF Plan 1 member when elected to office, you cannot return to active LEOFF Plan 1 status while serving in office. Your retirement benefit will continue with no restrictions.
If you were a PERS or TRS member before March 19, 1976, you have the option of returning to membership in the system to which you belonged.
If you had fewer than 15 years of service in LEOFF when you retired and did not retire for disability, you are eligible to enroll in PERS Plans 2 or 3.
This content is a summary. It is not a complete description for LEOFF Plan 1 membership while in elected office. State retirement laws govern your benefit. If a conflict exists between the information shown in this document and what is contained in current law, the law governs.