§ A8.608-1


The following words and phrases as used in this Section, Section A8.608 and Sections A8.608-2 through A8.608-16, unless a different meaning is plainly required by the context, shall have the following meanings:

“Retirement allowance,” “death allowance” or “allowance,” shall mean equal monthly payments, beginning to accrue upon the date of retirement, or upon the day following the date of death, as the case may be, and continuing for life unless a different term of payment is definitely provided by the context.

“Compensation,” as distinguished from benefits under the Workers’ Compensation laws of the State of California shall mean all remuneration whether in cash or by other allowances made by the City and County, for service qualifying for credit under this Section, but excluding remuneration for overtime and such other forms of compensation excluded by the Board of Supervisors pursuant to Section A8.500 of the Charter.  Remuneration shall not mean new premiums or allowances first paid by the City and County after January 7, 2012, that exceed the rate of pay fixed for each classification for service qualifying for credit under this Section.  For members with concurrent service in more than one position, “compensation” shall be limited to the first hours paid during any fiscal year equal to one full-time equivalent position.  “Compensation” for any fiscal year shall not include remuneration that exceeds 75% of the limits set forth in Internal Revenue Code Section 401(a)(17) and as amended from time to time.

Subject to the requirements that it be payable in cash, and that overtime and new premiums or allowances first paid by the City and County after January 7, 2012 are excluded, “compensation” for pension purposes may be defined in a collective bargaining agreement.

“Compensation earnable” shall mean the compensation which would have been earned had the member received compensation without interruption throughout the period under consideration and at the rates of remuneration attached at that time to the positions held by him or her during such period, it being assumed that during any absence, he or she was in the position held by him or her at the beginning of the absence, and that prior to becoming a member of the sheriff’s department, he or she was in the position first held by him or her in such department.

“Benefit” shall include “allowance,” “retirement allowance,” “death allowance” and “death benefit.”

“Final compensation” shall mean the average monthly compensation earned by a member during the higher of any three consecutive fiscal years of earnings or the thirty six consecutive months of earnings immediately prior to retirement. 

For the purpose of Sections A8.608 through A8.608-16, the terms “member of the sheriff’s department,” “member of the department,” or “member” shall mean any sheriff assuming office on and after January 7, 2012, and undersheriffs and deputized personnel of the sheriff’s department hired on and after January 7, 2012. 

“Qualified for service retirement,” “qualification for service retirement” or “qualified as to age and service for retirement,” as used in this Section and other Sections to which persons who are members under Section A8.608 are subject, shall mean completion of 25 years of service and attainment of age 50, said service to be computed under Section A8.608-10.

“Retirement System” or “system” shall mean San Francisco City and County Employees’ Retirement System as created in Sections 12.100 and A8.500 of the Charter.

“Retirement Board” shall mean “Retirement Board” as created in Section 12.100 of the Charter.

“Charter” shall mean the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco.

Words used in the masculine gender shall include the feminine and neuter gender, words used in the feminine gender shall include the masculine and neuter gender, and singular numbers shall include the plural and the plural the singular.

“Interest” shall mean interest at the rate adopted by the Retirement Board.


(Added by Proposition C, Approved 11/8/2011)


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