In this article, unless the context otherwise requires:

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 38-881

  • Accidental disability: means a physical or mental condition that the local board finds totally and permanently prevents an employee from performing a reasonable range of duties within the employee's department and was incurred in the performance of the employee's duties. See Arizona Laws 38-881
  • Accumulated member contributions: means for each member the sum of the amount of all the member's contributions deducted from the member's salary and paid to the fund, plus member contributions transferred to the fund by another retirement plan covering public employees of this state, plus previously withdrawn accumulated member contributions that are repaid to the fund in accordance with this article, minus any benefits paid to or on behalf of a member. See Arizona Laws 38-881
  • Alternate payee: means the spouse or former spouse of a participant as designated in a domestic relations order. See Arizona Laws 38-881
  • Annuity: A periodic (usually annual) payment of a fixed sum of money for either the life of the recipient or for a fixed number of years. A series of payments under a contract from an insurance company, a trust company, or an individual. Annuity payments are made at regular intervals over a period of more than one full year.
  • base salary: means the amount of compensation each member is regularly paid for personal services rendered to an employer before the addition of any extra monies, including overtime pay, shift differential pay, holiday pay, fringe benefit pay and similar extra payments. See Arizona Laws 38-881
  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • Beneficiary: means an individual who is being paid or who has entitlement to the future payment of a pension on account of a reason other than the individual's membership in the retirement plan. See Arizona Laws 38-881
  • Board: means the board of trustees of the public safety personnel retirement system. See Arizona Laws 38-881
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Credited service: means credited service transferred to the retirement plan from another retirement system or plan for public employees of this state, plus those compensated periods of service as a member of the retirement plan for which member contributions are on deposit in the fund. See Arizona Laws 38-881
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Designated position: means :

    (a) For a county:

    (i) A county detention officer. See Arizona Laws 38-881

  • Determination: means a written document that indicates to a participant and alternate payee whether a domestic relations order qualifies as a plan approved domestic relations order. See Arizona Laws 38-881
  • Distributee: means a member, a member's surviving spouse or a member's spouse or former spouse who is the alternate payee under a plan approved domestic relations order. See Arizona Laws 38-881
  • Domestic relations order: means an order of a court of this state that is made pursuant to the domestic relations laws of this state and that creates or recognizes the existence of an alternate payee's right to, or assigns to an alternate payee the right to, receive a portion of the benefits payable to a participant. See Arizona Laws 38-881
  • Eligible retirement plan: means any of the following that accepts a distributee's eligible rollover distribution:

    (a) An individual retirement account described in section 408(a) of the internal revenue code. See Arizona Laws 38-881

  • Eligible rollover distribution: means a payment to a distributee, but does not include any of the following:

    (a) Any distribution that is one of a series of substantially equal periodic payments made not less frequently than annually for the life or life expectancy of the member or the joint lives or joint life expectancies of the member and the member's beneficiary or for a specified period of ten years or more. See Arizona Laws 38-881

  • Employee: means a person employed by a participating employer in a designated position. See Arizona Laws 38-881
  • Employer: means an agency or department of this state or a political subdivision of this state that has one or more employees in a designated position. See Arizona Laws 38-881
  • Entitlement: A Federal program or provision of law that requires payments to any person or unit of government that meets the eligibility criteria established by law. Entitlements constitute a binding obligation on the part of the Federal Government, and eligible recipients have legal recourse if the obligation is not fulfilled. Social Security and veterans' compensation and pensions are examples of entitlement programs.
  • Fund: means the corrections officer retirement plan fund. See Arizona Laws 38-881
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • including: means not limited to and is not a term of exclusion. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Juvenile detention officer: means a juvenile detention officer responsible for the direct custodial supervision of juveniles who are detained in a county juvenile detention center. See Arizona Laws 38-881
  • Local board: means the retirement board of the employer that consists of persons appointed or elected to administer the plan as it applies to the employer's members in the plan. See Arizona Laws 38-881
  • Month: means a calendar month unless otherwise expressed. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Normal retirement date: means :

    (a) For an employee who becomes a member of the plan before January 1, 2012, the first day of the calendar month immediately following the employee's completion of twenty years of service or, in the case of a dispatcher, twenty-five years of service, the employee's sixty-second birthday and completion of ten years of service or the month in which the sum of the employee's age and years of credited service equals eighty. See Arizona Laws 38-881

  • Notice of receipt: means a written document that is issued by the plan to a participant and alternate payee and that states that the plan has received a domestic relations order and a request for a determination that the domestic relations order is a plan approved domestic relations order. See Arizona Laws 38-881
  • Participant: means a member who is subject to a domestic relations order. See Arizona Laws 38-881
  • Participating employer: means an employer that the board has determined to have one or more employees in a designated position or a county, city, town or department of this state that has entered into a joinder agreement pursuant to section 38-902. See Arizona Laws 38-881
  • Pension: means a series of monthly payments by the retirement plan but does not include an annuity that is payable pursuant to section 38-911. See Arizona Laws 38-881
  • Person: includes a corporation, company, partnership, firm, association or society, as well as a natural person. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Personal representative: means the personal representative of a deceased alternate payee. See Arizona Laws 38-881
  • Physician: means a physician who is licensed pursuant to title 32, chapter 13 or 17. See Arizona Laws 38-881
  • plan: means the corrections officer retirement plan established by this article. See Arizona Laws 38-881
  • Plan approved domestic relations order: means a domestic relations order that the plan approves as meeting all the requirements for a plan approved domestic relations order as otherwise prescribed in this article. See Arizona Laws 38-881
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • retired: means termination of employment after a member has fulfilled all requirements for a pension or, for an employee who becomes a member of the plan on or after January 1, 2012, attains the age and service requirements for a normal retirement date. See Arizona Laws 38-881
  • Retired member: means an individual who terminates employment and who is receiving a pension pursuant to either section 38-885 or 38-886. See Arizona Laws 38-881
  • Salary: means the base salary, shift differential pay, military differential wage pay and holiday pay paid a member for personal services rendered in a designated position to a participating employer on a regular monthly, semimonthly or biweekly payroll basis. See Arizona Laws 38-881
  • Service: means employment rendered to a participating employer as an employee in a designated position. See Arizona Laws 38-881
  • United States: includes the District of Columbia and the territories. See Arizona Laws 1-215

1. "Accidental disability" means a physical or mental condition that the local board finds totally and permanently prevents an employee from performing a reasonable range of duties within the employee’s department and was incurred in the performance of the employee’s duties.

2. "Accumulated member contributions" means for each member the sum of the amount of all the member’s contributions deducted from the member’s salary and paid to the fund, plus member contributions transferred to the fund by another retirement plan covering public employees of this state, plus previously withdrawn accumulated member contributions that are repaid to the fund in accordance with this article, minus any benefits paid to or on behalf of a member.

3. "Actuarial equivalent" means equality in present value of the aggregate amounts expected to be received under two different forms of payment, based on mortality and interest assumptions adopted by the board.

4. "Alternate payee" means the spouse or former spouse of a participant as designated in a domestic relations order.

5. "Alternate payee’s portion" means benefits that are payable to an alternate payee pursuant to a plan approved domestic relations order.

6. "Annuitant" means a person who is receiving a benefit pursuant to section 38-911.

7. "Average monthly salary" means:

(a) For an employee who becomes a member of the plan:

(i) Before January 1, 2012, one-thirty-sixth of the aggregate amount of salary that is paid a member by a participating employer during a period of thirty-six consecutive months of service in which the member received the highest salary within the last one hundred twenty months of service.

(ii) On or after January 1, 2012 and before July 1, 2018, one-sixtieth of the aggregate amount of salary that is paid a member by a participating employer during a period of sixty consecutive months of service in which the member received the highest salary within the last one hundred twenty months of service. 

(iii) On or after July 1, 2018, one-sixtieth of the aggregate amount of salary that is paid a member by a participating employer during a period of sixty consecutive months of service in which the member received the highest salary within the last one hundred twenty months of service.

(b) The aggregate amount of salary that is paid a member divided by the member’s months of service if the member has less than thirty-six or sixty months of service.  In the computation under this paragraph, a period of nonpaid or partially paid industrial leave shall be considered based on the salary the employee would have received in the employee’s job classification if the employee was not on industrial leave.

8. "Beneficiary" means an individual who is being paid or who has entitlement to the future payment of a pension on account of a reason other than the individual’s membership in the retirement plan.

9. "Board" means the board of trustees of the public safety personnel retirement system.

10. "Claimant" means a member, beneficiary or estate that files an application for benefits with the retirement plan.

11. "Credited service" means credited service transferred to the retirement plan from another retirement system or plan for public employees of this state, plus those compensated periods of service as a member of the retirement plan for which member contributions are on deposit in the fund.

12. "Cure period" means the ninety-day period in which a participant or alternate payee may submit an amended domestic relations order and request a determination, calculated from the time the plan issues a determination finding that a previously submitted domestic relations order did not qualify as a plan approved domestic relations order.

13. "Designated position" means:

(a) For a county:

(i) A county detention officer.

(ii) A nonuniformed employee of a sheriff’s department whose primary duties require direct contact with inmates.

(b) For the state department of corrections and the department of juvenile corrections, only the following specifically designated positions:

(i) Food service.

(ii) Nursing personnel.

(iii) Corrections physician assistant.

(iv) Therapist.

(v) Corrections dental assistant.

(vi) Hygienist.

(vii) Corrections medical assistant.

(viii) Correctional service officer, including assistant deputy warden, deputy warden, warden and superintendent.

(ix) State correctional program officer.

(x) Parole or community supervision officers.

(xi) Investigators.

(xii) Teachers.

(xiii) Institutional maintenance workers.

(xiv) Youth corrections officer.

(xv) Youth program officer.

(xvi) Behavioral health treatment unit managers.

(xvii) The director and assistant directors of the department of juvenile corrections and the superintendent of the state educational system for committed youth.

(xviii) The director, deputy directors and assistant directors of the state department of corrections.

(xix) Other positions designated by the local board of the state department of corrections or the local board of the department of juvenile corrections pursuant to section 38-891.

(c) For a city or town, a city or town detention officer.

(d) For an employer of an eligible group as defined in section 38-842, full-time dispatchers.

(e) For the judiciary, juvenile detention officers and those positions designated by the local board of the judiciary pursuant to section 38-891.

(f) For the department of public safety, state detention officers.

(g) For the judiciary, probation and surveillance officers.

14. "Determination" means a written document that indicates to a participant and alternate payee whether a domestic relations order qualifies as a plan approved domestic relations order.

15. "Determination period" means the ninety-day period in which the plan must review a domestic relations order that is submitted by a participant or alternate payee to determine whether the domestic relations order qualifies as a plan approved domestic relations order, calculated from the time the plan mails a notice of receipt to the participant and alternate payee.

16. "Direct rollover" means a payment by the plan to an eligible retirement plan that is specified by the distributee.

17. "Distributee" means a member, a member’s surviving spouse or a member’s spouse or former spouse who is the alternate payee under a plan approved domestic relations order.

18. "Domestic relations order" means an order of a court of this state that is made pursuant to the domestic relations laws of this state and that creates or recognizes the existence of an alternate payee’s right to, or assigns to an alternate payee the right to, receive a portion of the benefits payable to a participant.

19. "Eligible child" means an unmarried child of a deceased active or retired member who meets one of the following qualifications:

(a) Is under eighteen years of age.

(b) Is at least eighteen years of age and under twenty-three years of age only during any period that the child is a full-time student.

(c) Is under a disability that began before the child attained twenty-three years of age and remains a dependent of the surviving spouse or guardian.

20. "Eligible retirement plan" means any of the following that accepts a distributee’s eligible rollover distribution:

(a) An individual retirement account described in section 408(a) of the internal revenue code.

(b)  An individual retirement annuity described in section 408(b) of the internal revenue code.

(c) An annuity plan described in section 403(a) of the internal revenue code.

(d) A qualified trust described in section 401(a) of the internal revenue code.

(e) An annuity contract described in section 403(b) of the internal revenue code.

(f) An eligible deferred compensation plan described in section 457(b) of the internal revenue code that is maintained by a state, a political subdivision of a state or any agency or instrumentality of a state or a political subdivision of a state and that agrees to separately account for amounts transferred into the eligible deferred compensation plan from this plan.

21. "Eligible rollover distribution" means a payment to a distributee, but does not include any of the following:

(a) Any distribution that is one of a series of substantially equal periodic payments made not less frequently than annually for the life or life expectancy of the member or the joint lives or joint life expectancies of the member and the member’s beneficiary or for a specified period of ten years or more.

(b) Any distribution to the extent the distribution is required under section 401(a)(9) of the internal revenue code.

(c) The portion of any distribution that is not includable in gross income.

(d) Any distribution made to satisfy the requirements of section 415 of the internal revenue code.

(e) Hardship distributions.

(f) Similar items designated by the commissioner of the United States internal revenue service in revenue rulings, notices and other guidance published in the internal revenue bulletin.

22. "Employee" means a person employed by a participating employer in a designated position.

23. "Employer" means an agency or department of this state or a political subdivision of this state that has one or more employees in a designated position.

24. "Fund" means the corrections officer retirement plan fund.

25. "Juvenile detention officer" means a juvenile detention officer responsible for the direct custodial supervision of juveniles who are detained in a county juvenile detention center.

26. "Local board" means the retirement board of the employer that consists of persons appointed or elected to administer the plan as it applies to the employer’s members in the plan.

27. "Member":

(a) Means any employee who meets all of the following qualifications:

(i) Who is a full-time paid person employed by a participating employer in a designated position.

(ii) Who is receiving salary for personal services rendered to a participating employer or would be receiving salary except for an authorized leave of absence.

(iii) Whose customary employment is at least forty hours each week.

(b) Includes an employee who meets the requirements of subdivision (a) of this paragraph, who is hired on or after July 1, 2018, who is in a designated position as defined in paragraph 13, subdivision (g) of this section and who makes the irrevocable election to participate in the plan pursuant to section 38-881.01.

(c) Except as provided in subdivision (b) of this paragraph, does not include an employee who is hired on or after July 1, 2018, unless the employee was an active, an inactive or a retired member of the plan or a member of the plan with a disability on June 30, 2018.

28. "Normal retirement date" means:

(a) For an employee who becomes a member of the plan before January 1, 2012, the first day of the calendar month immediately following the employee’s completion of twenty years of service or, in the case of a dispatcher, twenty-five years of service, the employee’s sixty-second birthday and completion of ten years of service or the month in which the sum of the employee’s age and years of credited service equals eighty.

(b) For an employee who becomes a member of the plan on or after January 1, 2012 and before July 1, 2018, the first day of the calendar month immediately following the employee’s completion of twenty-five years of service if the employee is at least fifty-two and one-half years of age or the employee’s sixty-second birthday and completion of ten years of service.

(c) For an employee who becomes a member of the plan on or after July 1, 2018, the first day of the calendar month immediately following the employee’s completion of ten years of credited service if the employee is at least fifty-five years of age.

29. "Notice of receipt" means a written document that is issued by the plan to a participant and alternate payee and that states that the plan has received a domestic relations order and a request for a determination that the domestic relations order is a plan approved domestic relations order.

30. "Ordinary disability" means a physical condition that the local board determines will totally and permanently prevent an employee from performing a reasonable range of duties within the employee’s department or a mental condition that the local board determines will totally and permanently prevent an employee from engaging in any substantial gainful activity.

31. "Participant" means a member who is subject to a domestic relations order.

32. "Participant’s portion" means benefits that are payable to a participant pursuant to a plan approved domestic relations order.

33. "Participating employer" means an employer that the board has determined to have one or more employees in a designated position or a county, city, town or department of this state that has entered into a joinder agreement pursuant to section 38-902.

34. "Pension" means a series of monthly payments by the retirement plan but does not include an annuity that is payable pursuant to section 38-911.

35. "Personal representative" means the personal representative of a deceased alternate payee.

36. "Physician" means a physician who is licensed pursuant to title 32, chapter 13 or 17.

37. "Plan approved domestic relations order" means a domestic relations order that the plan approves as meeting all the requirements for a plan approved domestic relations order as otherwise prescribed in this article.

38. "Plan year" or "fiscal year" means the period beginning on July 1 of any year and ending on June 30 of the next succeeding year.

39. "Probation or surveillance officer" means an officer appointed pursuant to section 8-203, 12-251 or 12-259 but does not include other personnel, office assistants or support staff.

40. "Retired member" means an individual who terminates employment and who is receiving a pension pursuant to either section 38-885 or 38-886.

41. "Retirement" or "retired" means termination of employment after a member has fulfilled all requirements for a pension or, for an employee who becomes a member of the plan on or after January 1, 2012, attains the age and service requirements for a normal retirement date.

42. "Retirement plan" or "plan" means the corrections officer retirement plan established by this article.

43. "Salary" means the base salary, shift differential pay, military differential wage pay and holiday pay paid a member for personal services rendered in a designated position to a participating employer on a regular monthly, semimonthly or biweekly payroll basis. Salary includes amounts that are subject to deferred compensation or tax shelter agreements. Salary does not include payment for any remuneration or reimbursement other than as prescribed by this paragraph. For the purposes of this paragraph, "base salary" means the amount of compensation each member is regularly paid for personal services rendered to an employer before the addition of any extra monies, including overtime pay, shift differential pay, holiday pay, fringe benefit pay and similar extra payments.

44. "Segregated funds" means the amount of benefits that would currently be payable to an alternate payee pursuant to a domestic relations order under review by the plan, or a domestic relations order submitted to the plan that failed to qualify as a plan approved domestic relations order, if the domestic relations order were determined to be a plan approved domestic relations order.

45. "Service" means employment rendered to a participating employer as an employee in a designated position. Any absence that is authorized by an employer, including any periods during which the employee is on an employer-sponsored long-term disability program, is considered as service if the employee returns or is deemed by the employer to have returned to a designated position within the period of the authorized absence.

46. "Total and permanent disability" means a physical or mental condition that is not an accidental disability, that the local board finds totally and permanently prevents a member from engaging in any gainful employment and that is the direct and proximate result of the member’s performance of the member’s duty as an employee of a participating employer.