AGENDA ITEM 4
April 27, 2010
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Expedited Bill 9-10, Personnel - Retirement Incentive Program
Management and Fiscal Policy Committee recommendation (2-0, Councilmember Navarro
absent): approve the Bill with amendments.
Expedited Bill 9-10, Personnel - Retirement Incentive Program, sponsored by the
Council President at the request of the County Executive, was introduced on March 23, 2010. A
public hearing was held on April 13 and a Management and Fiscal Policy Committee
worksession was held on April 19.
Bill 9-10 would permit a Group A (unrepresented, non-public safety employees), Group
E (Deputy Sheriffs and Correctional Officers) or Group H (non-public safety employees
represented by MCGEO) member of the Employees Retirement System to apply to participate in
the 2010 Retirement Incentive Program (RIP). An employee must be:
normal retirement on or before June 1,2010; or
(b) early retirement, and within 2 years of meeting the criteria for normal
retirement on June 1,2010; and
assigned to a position in a class of positions subject to a Reduction in Force (RIF).
The Chief Administrative Officer would approve applications from Executive Branch
employees and the Council Staff Director would approve applications from Legislative Branch
employees. The number of employees who can participate in the RIP in any affected class is
limited to the number of positions in the affected class scheduled to be abolished. A participant
would be able to choose an additional retirement benefit of $35,000, $30,000 plus an enhanced
retiree life insurance benefit, or $28,000 plus an enhanced retiree health plan cost sharing
benefit. In addition, a participant's pension benefit would not be reduced for early retirement.
Elected officials, appointed officials, employees of participating outside agencies, and
employees who participate in either the Retirement Savings Plan or the Guaranteed Retirement