As a King County employee, you enroll in one of the retirement plans offered by the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) when you become eligible.
If you are a:
When you become a county employee, you receive retirement plan information and forms at your New Employee Orientation unless you're a part-time transit operator. If you're a part-time transit operator, Benefits and Retirement Operations mails the information and forms to you at your work site after you work at least 70 hours a month for any five months during a 12-month period.
If you were a member of a PERS plan (Plan 1, 2 or 3) before you began work at the county, you automatically resume participation in the same plan after you begin county employment.
All state retirement system forms, including the Member Information Form and Beneficiary Designation form you receive from Benefits and Retirement Operations when you become eligible to enroll in the state retirement system, are available on the DRS Web site.
Member Information Form
Use this form if you're new to PERS, if you're a grandfathered Plan 2 member choosing to transfer to Plan 3 during open enrollment, or if you're a Plan 3 member returning to eligible employment and changing the amount of your defined contribution.
In addition to naming beneficiaries for your retirement funds, use this form to designate who should receive your $150,000 death benefit should you die from injury or occupational disease occuring as a result of your county employment.
Who to contact and when
Contact DRS for the most accurate and comprehensive information about your retirement plan and
for any of the following reasons:
- To confirm how many service credits you have
- To verify when you're eligible to retire
- To learn how your retirement benefit is calculated
- To request an estimate of benefits when you are two years from retirement
- To obtain information regarding a divorce
- To learn about purchasing service credit because of a temporary duty disability or authorized leave of absence
- To learn about purchasing service credit after retirement
- To discuss potential military service time
- To begin an inquiry into missing service credit.
Address: P.O. Box 48380, Olympia, WA 98504-8380
Phone: 360-664-7000 or 800-547-6657
TDD: 360-586-5450 or 866-377-8895
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Contact Benefits, Payroll and Retirement Operations to confirm that your enrollment forms have been received or
to ask about your retirement contribution deductions.
Address: The Chinook Building CNK-ES-0240, 401 Fifth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104-2333
TTY relay: 711
Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m-5 p.m.
Phone hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m
King County Sheriff's Office Personnel Unit (LEOFF members)
Contact the Sheriff's Office if you are a deputy sheriff.
Address: King County Courthouse KCC-SO-0100, 516 Third Ave., Seattle WA 98104-2312