Disabled Members

  • Any active member of the system who is terminated from active employment as a result of an injury or illness received in the performance of the member’s duty, as determined by the Board of Directors; or if an active member who is terminated as a result of injury or illness not received in the performance of the member’s duty and who has five (5) years of creditable service and is entitled to Federal Social Security disability benefits applies to the Board, the member may be placed on disability leave and shall be entitled to receive disability benefits.
  • Disability benefits are equal to 80% of the member’s monthly compensation averaged over the 3 highest years of compensation, decreased by the member’s primary Federal Social Security benefit. While on disability leave a member who has not accrued at least 8 years of creditable service shall accrue membership service until the member has accrued 8 years of creditable service.
  • Medical Insurance Premium Supplement – Any member receiving disability benefits also receives a monthly medical insurance premium supplement that is determined by the Board of Directors during its last board meeting of each calendar year. The amount shall not exceed $450.00 and is determined based on the advice of the Sheriffs’ Retirement System Actuary.
  • Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) – The COLA is not available to members on disability.
  • Disability benefits cease when a member retires, dies or reaches sixty-five (65) years of age, whichever is later and will start receiving a normal retirement benefit except for death.  
  • Disability benefits also will discontinue if a member is no longer receiving Social Security disability benefits.