Agenda Item 6A
December 12, 2016
Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Action: Expedited Bill 43-16, Retirement - Membership Groups - Group J
Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee recommendation (3-0): enact Bill with
Expedited Bill 43-16, Retirement - Membership Groups - Group J - Established,
sponsored by Lead Sponsor Council President at the request of the County Executive, was
introduced on October 18,2016. A public hearing was held on November 15 and a Government
Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee worksession was held on December 12.
Bill 43-16 would establish Group J in the Employees' Retirement System and transfer
employees in Group E who are not deputy sheriffs or correctional officers to Group J as of the
effecti ve date of this legislation.
The County Code currently has group designations for all uniformed employees who
participate in the ERS. There are employees currently participating in Group E, which is
designated for deputy sheriffs and correctional officers, who are non-uniformed employees.
Moving these non-uniformed employees into their own group would provide better information
for the actuary to project the liability for their benefits and better track the participation by each
retirement group. The Bill would not change the retirement benefits for these employees.
There were no witnesses at the public hearing. Linda Herman, Executive Director of the
Montgomery County Employee Retirement Plans, submitted written testimony in support of the
Bill on behalf of the Executive. See
Linda Herman, Executive Director for the Montgomery County Employee Retirement
Plans, represented the Executive Branch. Robert Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney,