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Sheriffs, Undersheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs Special Plan

For ERS Tier 1 and 2 Members (Article 14B: Sections 551, 552 and 553)

Special Disability Benefits

Counties can elect to provide a Performance of Duty disability benefit for their sheriffs, undersheriffs and deputy sheriffs who become disabled as the result of an act by an inmate or other person confined in an institution under the jurisdiction of the county. You may also be eligible for this benefit if you become disabled due to HIV, tuberculosis or hepatitis contracted as a result of performing your job.

Counties can also elect to provide a Performance of Duty disability benefit that you may be eligible for if you become disabled due to heart disease while employed and were required to take and pass a physical examination upon entry into public service which did not reveal any evidence of heart disease.

If approved, your benefit would equal 75 percent of your final average salary, less any Workers’ Compensation benefits you are receiving or eligible to receive. Contact your employer to determine if these benefits are available to you.