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Government Code - GOV

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 7. Benefits [32050 - 32063]
  ( Article 7 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )

32050.
  

The board shall, upon application of a member who has served for 20 years or more in the aggregate as a county peace officer, and who has attained age 55, and except as to the sheriff and the undersheriff, upon its own motion may retire such member.

Every member, except the sheriff and undersheriff, who has served 20 or more years in the aggregate, shall be retired as of the first day of the month after attaining age 60 or as of the first day of the month following the ninety-first day after the adjournment of the Fifty-seventh Regular Session of the Legislature, whichever is later.

(Amended by Stats. 1947, Ch. 1483.)

32050.5.
  

In computing the time of service of any county peace officer as defined in Section 31904, subdivision (a), there shall be included all time served as a constable or deputy constable of any township or judicial district in the county, whether continuous or broken.

(Amended by Stats. 1951, Ch. 1553.)

32051.
  

Any person retiring for service shall receive a pension payable in monthly installments during his lifetime, equal to one-half of his terminal salary, not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars ($250) a month.

(Amended by Stats. 1947, Ch. 1483.)

32052.
  

After 20 years of service any motorcycle police officer may be retired by the board for service, if in the judgment of three physicians appointed by the board he is unable to discharge the duties of his office properly.

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

32053.
  

Any member shall be retired for disability regardless of age or amount of service, if incapacitated for the performance of duty as the result of an injury or disease occurring in and arising out of the course of his employment. Any member otherwise incapacitated for the performance of duty shall be retired regardless of age, but only after 10 years of service as a county peace officer. Incapacity for performance of duty shall be determined by the board.

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

32054.
  

If a member who has served 15 years or more develops heart trouble, it shall be presumed in any proceeding under this chapter, by the board and by the court, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, that such heart trouble is an injury or disease occuring in and arising out of his employment.

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

32055.
  

Upon retirement of a member for service connected disability, he shall receive an annual pension, payable in monthly installments, equal to one-half of his terminal salary, not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars ($250) a month.

(Amended by Stats. 1947, Ch. 1483.)

32056.
  

Whenever any member or pensioner is killed, or dies as a result of any injury received during the performance of his duty, or from sickness caused by the discharge of such duty, or after retirement for service connected disability, an annual pension shall be paid in equal monthly installments to his widow or widower in an amount equal to one-half of his terminal salary, not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars ($250) a month. The pension shall be paid to the widow or widower during her or his lifetime or until he or she remarries. Thereafter, or if there is no widow or widower entitled to receive the pension, it shall be paid to such of his children, through their guardian, as are under eighteen years of age, to be equally divided among them in the following amounts:

For one child  ........................

 $50

For two children  ........................

 $75

For three or more children  ........................

$100


A widow or widower of a pensioner is not entitled to a pension unless she or he was married to the deceased pensioner at least five years prior to the date of his retirement. If the widow, widower, child, or children marry, the pension paid to the person so marrying shall cease.

(Amended by Stats. 1949, Ch. 1367.)

32057.
  

Upon retirement of a member for nonservice connected disability, he shall receive an annual pension, payable in monthly installments, dependent upon the aggregate length of his service, as follows:

After 10 years but less than 12 years of service, fifty dollars ($50) a month.

After 12 years but less than 14 years of service, fifty-five dollars ($55) a month.

After 14 years but less than 16 years of service, sixty dollars ($60) a month.

After 16 years but less than 18 years of service, sixty-five dollars ($65) a month.

After 18 years but less than 20 years of service, seventy dollars ($70) a month.

After 20 years of service, seventy-five dollars ($75) a month.

A pension for nonservice connected disability shall not exceed one-half of the terminal salary of the pensioner.

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

32058.
  

The board may require any pensioner retired for disability, under age 50, to undergo medical examination. The examination shall be made by a physician, appointed by the board, at the place of residence of the pensioner or other place mutually agreed upon. Upon the basis of the examination the board shall determine whether the pensioner is still physically or mentally incapacitated for service in the position held by him at the time of his retirement.

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

32059.
  

If the board determines that the pensioner is not so incapacitated, his pension shall be canceled forthwith, and pursuant to regulations adopted by the county for the reinstatement or reemployment of personnel, he is eligible for reinstatement or reemployment in the county service.

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

32060.
  

If a pension is canceled, there shall be immediately paid to the pensioner out of the fund the amount of his accumulated contributions as of the date of his retirement and all interest credited to his account, less an amount equal to one-half of the pension payments made to him during the period of his retirement.

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

32061.
  

If the pensioner reenters county service and is eligible for membership in this system, his rate of contribution for future years is that established for his age at the time of reentry. He shall receive credit for all service rendered by him prior to the time of his disability retirement if he deposits into the fund within six months after his reinstatement an amount equal to that paid to him upon cancellation of his pension.

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

32062.
  

At any time before the first payment of any pension is made, a member or pensioner may elect to receive the actuarial equivalent at that time of his pension in a lesser pension payable throughout his life and that of his widow, widower or beneficiary, if he or she survives him, in accordance with one of the following options:

Option 1: Upon his death, such lesser pension shall be continued throughout the life of and paid to his widow, widower or beneficiary.

Option 2: Upon his death, one-half of such lesser pension shall be continued throughout the life of and paid to his widow, widower or beneficiary.

(Amended by Stats. 1949, Ch. 1367.)

32063.
  

Any member may file with the board a written statement nominating one or more beneficiaries, jointly, contingently, or both.

If joint beneficiaries are named, the board may pay the amount due to any one of them, and the payment is a complete discharge.

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

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