Initially established by approval of City voters on November 2, 1920 and the California State Legislature on January 12, 1921, the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System (“Retirement System” or “SFERS”) is deeply rooted in the history and culture of the City and County of San Francisco and is committed to serving the retirement needs of its members.
Originally established as a fund to assist families and orphans of firefighters and police, today the Retirement System serves more than 59,000 active and retired employees of the City and County of San Francisco and their survivors.
SFERS members include eligible employees of the City and County of San Francisco, the San Francisco Unified School District, the San Francisco Community College District, and the San Francisco Trial Courts. Uniformed employees working for the City’s Police and Fire Departments are covered by the SFERS Safety Plans. Eligible civilian (non-Safety Plan) employees of the City are covered by the SFERS Miscellaneous Plan.
Sheriff, Undersheriff, and deputized personnel of the Sheriff’s Department hired after January 7, 2012 are covered by the SFERS Sheriff’s Plan. Probation Officers, District Attorney Investigators and Juvenile Court Counselors hired after January 7, 2012 are covered by the SFERS Miscellaneous Safety Plan.
The San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System is dedicated to securing, protecting and prudently investing the pension trust assets, administering mandated benefits programs, and providing promised benefits to the active and retired members of the City and County of San Francisco.