Chapter 3.85
VOLUNTEER RESERVE DEPUTY SHERIFF RETIREMENT AND RELIEF BENEFITS

Sections:

3.85.010    Introduction.

3.85.015    Payment for Relief Benefits.

3.85.020    Definitions.

3.85.030    Members in Good Standing.

3.85.040    Certification.

3.85.050    Volunteers Election to Participate.

3.85.060    Volunteer Fails to Make Contribution.

3.85.065    Local Board of Trustees.

3.85.070    Amendment and Termination.

3.85.080    Miscellaneous.

3.85.010 Introduction.

Pierce County has elected to allow volunteer Reserve Deputy Sheriffs who are members in good standing to participate in the Washington State "Volunteer Fire Fighters Relief and Pension" system. This is provided for in Chapter 11, Washington Laws of 1995; the Washington State Legislature has amended Chapter 41.24 RCW to allow participation of Reserve Law Enforcement Officers in the Volunteer Fire Fighters Relief and Pension system.

Pierce County has elected to allow volunteer Reserve Deputy Sheriffs to participate in the receipt of relief benefits as provided for in Chapter 148 of the Washington laws of 1999. The Washington State legislature has amended RCW 41.24 to allow local government to pay an annual premium to allow the receipt of certain relief benefits by those Reserve Deputy Sheriffs who are eligible.

Pierce County has elected to participate in this plan to recognize the selfless dedication and service of the Volunteer Reserve Deputy Sheriffs of the Sheriff’s Department to the citizens of Pierce County.

(Ord. 2000-74s § 1 (part), 2000; Ord. 96-49 § 2 (part), 1996)

3.85.015 Payment for Relief Benefits.

Pierce County shall annually pay the benefit payment established by the Washington State Board for Volunteer Fire Fighters and Reserve Officers for each Reserve Deputy Sheriff to assure their enrollment for the receipt of relief benefits as is provided by RCW 42.24. (Ord. 2000-74s § 1 (part), 2000)

3.85.020 Definitions.

A.    "Volunteer Reserve Deputy Sheriff" means a non-paid commissioned law enforcement officer of the Sheriff’s Department.

B.    "Good Standing" means a volunteer Reserve Deputy Sheriff who has met all annual requirements of the Reserve Program to include meeting all requirements in the Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Bylaws, the Sheriff’s Department Manual, contributed the mandatory monthly hours, and met all training requirements.

C.    "Reserve Deputy Coordinator" means the Sheriff’s designated supervisor of the Volunteer Reserve Deputy Sheriff Program. This is a full-time employee of the Sheriff and in the rank of Sergeant or higher.

(Ord. 96-49 § 2 (part), 1996)

3.85.030 Members in Good Standing.

The Reserve Deputy Coordinator shall monitor each volunteer Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s participation in the program and shall certify annually each volunteer Reserve Deputy Sheriff who meets the program requirements as outlined in the Sheriff’s Department Manual and the Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Bylaws. Each volunteer Reserve Deputy Sheriff shall meet all program requirements to be certified for the reporting year. (Ord. 96-49 § 2 (part), 1996)

3.85.040 Certification.

The Reserve Coordinator shall submit the required certification form and fees to the Board for Volunteer Fire Fighters annually. The fee is set annually by the Board for Volunteer Fire Fighters. For 1996, the County’s portion of the fee is $70.00 per volunteer. (Ord. 96-49 § 2 (part), 1996)

3.85.050 Volunteer’s Election to Participate.

Each volunteer Reserve Deputy Sheriff shall notify the Reserve Coordinator by November 15 of each year if he or she plans to participate in the Volunteer Fire Fighters Relief and Pension Act for the following year. The volunteer has a contribution that must be made annually for the volunteer to participate in this pension plan. For 1996 the volunteer’s share is $30.00. This amount is set annually by the Board for Volunteer Fire Fighters. The volunteer must make his or her annual contribution no later than January 20 of each year. (Ord. 96-49 § 2 (part), 1996)

3.85.060 Volunteer Fails to Make Contribution.

If any volunteer elects not to contribute his or her portion to the pension plan for any annual period, the County will suspend its share of the contribution for that volunteer. (Ord. 96-49 § 2 (part), 1996)

3.85.065 Local Board of Trustees.

A.    A Reserve Office Board of Trustees shall be created in order to administer the provisions of RCW 41.24 related to the relief provisions of RCW 41.24.

B.    The Reserve Officer Board of Trustees shall be created. It shall be composed of the following five members: two members of the county legislative authority; the County Auditor, or designee; the Pierce County Sheriff; and one Reserve Deputy who shall be elected by Reserve Deputies of Pierce County for an annual one year term.

(Ord. 2000-74s § 1 (part), 2000)

3.85.070 Amendment and Termination.

The County shall have the right, by ordinance, to amend its participation in this plan at any time and from time to time, in whole or in part, or discontinue its participation completely. (Ord. 96-49 § 2 (part), 1996)