Start planning now for your retirement down the road. The County offers its employees several opportunities to save for the future, including a pension through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, a voluntary Deferred Compensation Plan, an HRA VEBA account, and Social Security benefit contributions.
Most County employees are eligible to participate in one of these three retirement plans through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS):
- Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS): Plan 1, Plan 2, Plan 3
- Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ System (LEOFF): Plan 1, Plan 2
- Public Safety Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS): Plan 2
- Elected officials: Retirement plans
Learn more about saving for retirement with the King County Employee Deferred Compensation Plan.
- Find out when you're eligible to retire
- Request an estimate of benefits when you are two years from retirement
- Obtain information regarding a divorce
- Learn about purchasing service credit due to a temporary duty disability or authorized leave of absence
Retirement Information & Education
Leaving Employment Form: For anyone leaving county employment.
Retirement Guide (If using Internet Explorer, right-click and “Save target as” to download the guide.)
Road to Retirement Class: If you're planning to retire from King County in the next six months, join your Retirement Team for the Road to Retirement Class to learn more about the necessary forms and procedures, COBRA coverage, the Retiree Medical program, costs of insurance, and basic Public Employees Retirement Systems pension information. This class is typically held on the last Tuesday of the month from 1—3 p.m. and attendance is voluntary. Registration is required, as space is limited. Register for Road to Retirement Class. For more information, contact King County Orientations.
Other retirement-related classes: Several classes are offered throughout the year to help you prepare for retirement, including Medicare 101, Introduction to Social Security, and Your DRS Pension. For details and registration, go to the Benefits and Retirement Events Calendar. For more information, contact King County Orientations.
For many, Social Security will provide part of their retirement income. For more information, go to:
- Social Security Administration website