Planning for Retirement

Retirement Checklist—Base Plan

The following information will ensure an efficient retirement. You should begin this process at least sixty (60) days prior to your retirement

Base Plan

Contact your payroll clerk and request a Separation & Clearance form.

Supply your payroll clerk with the following:

  • resignation and/or retirement date
  • letter of resignation and/or retirement addressed to the Fire or Police Chief

Schedule an appointment with an El Paso Firemen & Policemen's Pension Fund Benefits Specialist.

Bring the following documents to your meeting with the Benefits Specialist:

  • Separation & Clearance form received from your payroll clerk
  • if married,
    • Marriage License or Certificate
    • spouse’s government issued identification (Driver’s License, Passport, or other State ID)
    • spouse’s Social Security Card
  • if divorced, Divorce Decree/QDRO (if applicable)
  • Birth Certificates and Social Security Cards for:
    • minor dependent unmarried children (under 19 years of age)
    • qualified dependent unmarried children between ages 19 and 23 attending school full time (you must be able to provide documentation proving full time student status)
    • dependent unmarried children with a disability (physical/mental) (you must provide medical records supporting the disability)
  • IRS Levy Notices (if applicable)
  • Death Certificate (if applicable)

Review your beneficiary information on file with the El Paso Firemen & Policemen's Pension Fund.

Contact the City Insurance & Benefits Division at (915) 212-1275 regarding your election to retain or terminate the City’s health coverage (medical, dental, or vision). If you are an employee of the Fire Department, contact the El Paso Association of Fire Fighters Local #51 at (915) 598 8117 (office) or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. regarding the continuation of life insurance benefits.

Decide if you wish to retire with the Deferred Retirement Option Program (Back DROP). The requirements for Back DROP eligibility are as follows:

  • must be at least 50 years of age with at least 20 1/2 years of credited service
  • if married, must provide spousal written consent of your intent to retire under this option (form is available and is to be completed at the El Paso Firemen & Policemen’s Pension Fund office)
  • consult a Financial Advisor regarding tax and rollover information (if rolling funds, the retirement office has a form that you and your financial institution must complete)