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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 5. County Fire Service Retirement Law [32200 - 32365]

  ( Chapter 5 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )

ARTICLE 6. Benefits [32350 - 32365]
  ( Article 6 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )

32350.
  

Whenever this chapter becomes operative in any county, the board shall order that any person who has been duly appointed, selected, or elected and qualified and has served as a forester, firewarden, or fireman for 20 years or more in the aggregate for which contributions provided for in this chapter have been made, and who has reached age 60, or who thereafter completes such service and attains age 60, shall be retired as of the first day of the succeeding calendar month.

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

32351.
  

Any person retiring for service shall receive a pension payable in equal monthly installments during his lifetime, equal to one-half of his terminal salary, not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars ($250) a month. If a member is subject to the provisions of Section 32341 and does not exercise the option provided for therein, the amount shall not exceed one hundred fifty dollars ($150) per month.

(Amended by Stats. 1949, Ch. 1369.)

32352.
  

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. Incapacity for performance of duty shall be determined by the board. As used in this section, “service” means only service for which contribution provided for in this chapter has been made as a county forester, firewarden, or fireman.

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

32353.
  

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

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

32354.
  

Upon retirement of a member for service connected disability, he shall receive an annual pension, payable in equal monthly installments, equal to one-half of his terminal salary, not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars ($250) a month. If a member is subject to the provisions of Section 32341 and does not exercise the option provided for therein, the amount shall not exceed one hundred fifty dollars ($150) per month.

(Amended by Stats. 1949, Ch. 1369.)

32355.
  

Whenever any member 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 child, or children, 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, during her lifetime or until she remarries. Thereafter, or if there is no widow qualified 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 of a pensioner is not entitled to a pension unless she 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. If a member is subject to the provisions of Section 32341 and does not exercise the option provided for therein, the amount shall not exceed one hundred fifty dollars ($150) per month.

(Amended by Stats. 1949, Ch. 1369.)

32356.
  

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, seventy-five dollars ($75) a month.

After 12 years but less than 14 years of service, eighty dollars ($80) a month.

After 14 years but less than 16 years of service, eighty-five dollars ($85) a month.

After 16 years but less than 18 years of service, ninety dollars ($90) a month.

After 18 years but less than 20 years of service, ninety-five dollars ($95) a month.

After 20 years of service, one hundred dollars ($100) a month.

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

(Amended by Stats. 1951, Ch. 1236.)

32357.
  

The board may require any member 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 retired member or other place mutually agreed upon. Upon the basis of such examination the board shall determine whether the retired member 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.)

32358.
  

If the board determines that the retired member 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 to a position in the class in which he was employed at time of retirement.

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

32359.
  

If the pension is canceled, there shall be immediately paid to the member 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.)

32360.
  

If the retired member 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.)

32361.
  

At any time before the first payment of any pension is made, a member or beneficiary 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 she or he 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.)

32361.5.
  

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. 1949, Ch. 1367.)

32365.
  

If, after the effective date of this section a member who retired at any time after January 1, 1945, pays into the fund the difference between what he did contribute and what he would have contributed had Section 32322 always read as it now reads, and also pays the interest which would have been accrued upon such difference, then upon such payment, all retirement payments made subsequent to such payment shall be calculated as if such member had retired subsequent to the effective date of this section.

(Amended by Stats. 1951, Ch. 1236.)

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