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