Retirement Benefits

Department of Retirement (DRS)

Eligible employees of Pierce County Government participate in a retirement system administered by the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS). Employees and the County contribute jointly.

Deferred Compensation Plan

In addition to the Department Retirement Systems, employees have the option to contribute to a IRS 457 deferred compensation plan.


Some employees are eligible for participation in a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) / Voluntary Employees Beneficiary Association (VEBA) upon separation from employment.

Department of Retirement Information

DRS offers seminars and workshops which include information about benefits specific to the employee's plan, as well as general retirement information. You can attend in person or they have pre-recorded sessions online.

You can also review the retirement handbook for the plan you belong to:

Thinking Of Retiring

Important steps to take:
  1. Talk with the Department of Retirement Systems (DRS)
  2. Read the 2017 Retirement Handout. This provides information to frequently asked questions relating to employees considering retiring from Pierce County government. It includes information about health and dental plan continuation, payoffs, procedures for notifying the County and DRS of your retirement to ensure smooth processing.
  3. Talk with Shelley Foutz, Benefits Specialist in Risk Management