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TITLE 3. GOVERNMENT OF COUNTIES [23000 - 33205]

  ( Title 3 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )

DIVISION 4. EMPLOYEES [31000 - 33017]

  ( Division 4 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )

PART 3. RETIREMENT SYSTEMS [31200 - 33017]

  ( Part 3 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )

CHAPTER 4. County Peace Officers Retirement Law [31900 - 32063]

  ( Chapter 4 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )

ARTICLE 1. General [31900 - 31913]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )

31900.
  

This chapter may be cited as the County Peace Officers’ Retirement Law.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

31901.
  

The purpose of this chapter is to recognize a public obligation to employees in the public service whose duties expose them to more than ordinary risks and to provide a means whereby such public employees who become incapacitated in the performance of their duties or by age may be replaced by more capable employees, to the betterment of the public service without prejudice and without inflicting a hardship upon the employees removed. The retirement pension and benefits provided by this chapter are granted as an additional element of compensation for future services.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

31902.
  

This chapter shall be given a liberal interpretation with a view of carrying out its purpose and shall not be construed as a local measure or one intended as a benefit to particular persons or places.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

31903.
  

Unless the context otherwise requires, the definitions and general provisions contained in this article govern the construction of this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

31904.
  

“County peace officers” includes:

(a) All sheriffs, undersheriffs, chief deputy sheriffs, jailers, turnkeys, deputy sheriffs, bailiffs, process servers, constables, deputy constables, motorcycle officers, its heads and assistant heads of all divisions of the sheriff’s office, and all their regularly appointed deputies. Clerks, bookkeepers, stenographers, and other employees who may have been appointed as deputy sheriffs but who do not perform the duties of any of the peace officers enumerated and honorary deputy sheriffs or other persons holding appointments as deputy sheriffs who receive no compensation therefor and who do not regularly perform particular official duties are not included.

(b) All county foresters, county fire wardens, deputy or assistant county foresters, deputy or assistant county fire wardens, heads and assistant heads of all divisions of any county forester’s or county fire warden’s department, and all fire apparatus engineers, fire prevention inspectors, forest firemen, fire patrolmen, fire observers and foremen assigned to fire suppression crews, and all other personnel not specifically excluded, who are assigned to fire prevention and suppression in any county forester’s or county fire warden’s department, and the officers, engineers, and firemen of any county fire protection district, and all other personnel not specifically excluded, who are assigned to fire prevention and suppression in any county fire protection district. Clerks, bookkeepers, stenographers, cooks, laborers, county fire protection district volunteer employees or persons who are not employed for full time duty, or other employees not performing the duties of any of the persons enumerated and any honorary deputy county fire warden or honorary deputy county forester, or voluntary fire warden holding appointment as such but receiving no compensation therefor and not regularly performing particular official duties are not included.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

31904.5.
  

“County peace officers” also includes detectives and investigators in the office of the district attorney whose duties are substantially similar to those of peace officers as defined in subsection (a) of Section 31904.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 753.)

31905.
  

“Terminal salary” means the average salary earnable by any member during (a) the last three years, or (b) the last five years prior to the date of his retirement, whichever is the greater.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

31906.
  

“Pensioner” means a retired peace officer who is entitled, because of his former service as a member, to receive a pension pursuant to this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

31907.
  

“Member” means any person included in the membership of the system who has not retired and is not receiving any pension or other benefits provided by the retirement system.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

31908.
  

“Beneficiary” means any person in receipt of a pension, or other benefit provided by the retirement system.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

31909.
  

“System” means the retirement system provided for in this chapter or its predecessor.

The retirement system for county peace officers created by Chapter 268 of the Statutes of 1931, as amended, is continued in existence under this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

31910.
  

“Board” means the board of retirement.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

31911.
  

“Fund” means the County Peace Officers’ Retirement Fund.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

31912.
  

The title to all property acquired pursuant to this chapter shall be taken in the name of the county. The title to any money which becomes due to any peace officer shall not pass from the county to the peace officer until he is entitled thereto under this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

31913.
  

That portion of the wages of any peace officer deducted or to be deducted under this chapter, the right of a peace officer or other person to an annuity or pension, and all rights of the peace officer or other person in the fund are exempt from taxation and shall not be taken upon execution or other process of any court except to the extent permitted by Section 704.110 of the Code of Civil Procedure. An assignment of any right in or to the funds or to any pension or annuity is void.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 497, Sec. 118. Operative July 1, 1983, by Sec. 185 of Ch. 497.)

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