Retirees Returning to Law Enforcement
The laws governing this Fund allow a retiree to work 1040 or fewer hours in a calendar year and still draw retirement benefits. This law is in place for retirees who have not reached 30 years of service with the Fund - see 30 Years of Creditable Service/ Not Age 55 and 30 Years of Creditable Service/ Age 55 sections at the bottom of the page.
For these members, there are restrictions on the number of hours they may work and draw their pension. Please read and be aware of the following Options (Options A and B are for those who are employed Full- Time. If you are Part-Time, please see the final option.):
OPTION A (For individuals who work in a FULL-TIME/ POST Certified Position with his or her department):
Choosing this option will require that you stop your pension and once again, begin paying your monthly membership dues, but will allow you to acquire more creditable service and retire again with a greater monthly pension amount. To retire with an increased pension amount, you will have to work a minimum of three years. If you do not work a minimum of three years and are unable to increase your pension amount, we will refund all dues paid from the time you returned to work and retire you with the service credit you had accrued before returning to work.
OPTION B (For individuals who work in a FULL-TIME/ POST Certified Position with his or her department):
Choosing this option will allow you to draw your pension for half of the calendar year. Your pension will be stopped on July 1 of that calendar and will resume on January 1 of the following year. This will continue until you leave law enforcement.
PART-TIME OPTION (For individuals who work in a PART TIME/ POST Certified position with his or her department):
As a Part-Time POST-Certified law enforcement officer, the laws governing the fund allow you to draw your pension until you have reached 1040 or more hours with your department. Once you have met 1040 or more hours, your pension will be stopped for the remainder of the calendar year and will resume on January 1 of the following year. It is your responsibility to inform the Fund when you reach the 1040-hour limitation. This will continue until you leave law enforcement or begin working full time.
If you have returned to a law enforcement position, please complete theto indicate which option you choose and return it to our office for processing. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office at 770-228-8461.
It is your responsibility to inform the Fund of any changes.
30 Years of Creditable Service/ Not Age 55
**Please note that the above paragraphs do not apply to retirees who receive 30 years of creditable service, who had not yet reached age 55, and obtained early retirement eligibility by leaving law enforcement. These members do not have the option to return to law enforcement and continue receiving benefits. They must inform our office immediately. Early retirement eligibility requires the member to be out of law enforcement. Members falling under this situation are not entitled to retirement benefits until they have reached age 55 (and joined the Fund before July 1, 2009)**
30 Years of Creditable Service/ Age 55
**The following statement applies only to members who reached 30 years of service, reached age 55, and joined before July 1, 2009. Per O.C.G.A. 47-17-80 (g)(3), these members may retire with the POAB Fund and continue employment in law enforcement without limitation to their monthly benefit.**