Sheriffs, Undersheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs Special Plan for ERS Tier 3, 4, 5 and 6 Members

(Article 14B: Sections 551, 552 and 553)

Credit for Previous Public Employment or Military Service


You may be able to obtain credit for your previous public employment or military service. It is very important that you claim all the service credit you are entitled to receive as early as possible, because records documenting your previous service may be lost or destroyed with the passage of time. You must apply to receive military service credit prior to retirement.


Please note that certain types of credit listed below may not provide additional benefits under your special plan. Contact us to verify what service would be creditable, i.e., can be used in the calculation of your benefit.


Prior Service

Prior service is any period of time you received salary or wages from a participating employer before that employer elected to participate in the Retirement System. To receive credit for this service, you must earn at least two years of credited service as a Retirement System member.


Service Before Your Date of Membership

You may receive credit for working for a participating employer before you joined the Retirement System. To receive the credit, you must earn at least two years of credited service as a Retirement System member.


Service From a Previous Membership

If you previously were a member of this System, or another public retirement system in New York State, your service may be recredited and your date of membership restored.


An earlier tier of membership does not always result in a better benefit. Please review information on pages 3, 4 and 5 of the application (you can review this information if you apply using Retirement Online as well) carefully before making your decision, and contact us with any questions you may have.