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Department of Retirement (DRS)

Eligible employees of Pierce County Government participate in a retirement system administered by the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS). Employees and the County contribute jointly.

Deferred Compensation Plan
In addition to the Department Retirement Systems, employees have the option to contribute to a IRS 457 deferred compensation plan.

VEBA
Some employees are eligible for participation in a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) / Voluntary Employees Beneficiary Association (VEBA) upon separation from employment.

Department of Retirement Information

DRS offers seminars and workshops which include information about benefits specific to the employee's plan, as well as general retirement information. You can attend in person or they have pre-recorded sessions online. 

You can also review the retirement handbook for the plan you belong to:

PERS 1
PERS 2
PERS 3
PSERS 2
LEOFF 2

Thinking Of Retiring 

Important steps to take: 
  1. Talk with the Department of Retirement Systems (DRS)
  2. Read the Information for Potential Retiree handout. This information sheet answers frequently asked questions relating to employees considering retiring from Pierce County government. It includes information about health and dental plan continuation, payoffs, procedures for notifying the County and DRS of your retirement to ensure smooth processing and more.
  3. Talk with Shelley Foutz, Benefits Specialist in Risk Management 
    (253)798-7479.

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Pierce County
Benefits


955 Tacoma Ave S
Suite 303
Tacoma, WA 98402

Ph: (253) 798-7479
Fx: (253) 798-7489
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Hours
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This office is closed on weekends and holidays.
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