Police & Fire Plan
The Police & Fire Plan, established in 1959, includes full-time local police officers and firefighters hired after 1980. Additionally, the plan includes former paid police officers and firefighters covered under a local relief association, who were merged during the 1990s and beyond. The plan covers over 11,000 active public safety officers and pays benefits to 10,000 retirees and survivors.
Common to Top Three Plans
Membership in PERA is automatic for non-elected public employees who meet minimum salary and position eligibility requirements set by Minnesota statute. Membership is optional for qualifying non-governing elected officials. Elected governing body officials (Ex: city council members, county commissioners) whose first term in office begins after June 30, 2002, may not participate in the Coordinated Plan. They may, however, participate in PERA’s Defined Contribution Plan.
You and your employer contribute to PERA. Contributions are set in state law. See your plan handbook for the amount you contribute along with your employer contribution.
Be sure to keep your personal information current. MY PERA makes it simple and fast to update your personal information, change addresses, or view your benefits. If you don’t have a MY PERA account, register online today. Or, you can update your personal information by completing the Change form
Leaves of Absence
You may also purchase service credit based upon your salary for various types of leaves if you meet the requirements. For more information, see Building Service Credit With PERA or your plan’s handbook.