ORS 237.610¹
Definitions for ORS 237.610 and 237.620

As used in this section and ORS 237.620 (Membership of police officers and firefighters in Public Employees Retirement System):

(1) “Firefighter” means:

(a) Persons employed by a city, county or district whose duties involve firefighting, but does not include volunteer firefighters; and

(b) The State Fire Marshal and the chief deputy fire marshal and deputy state fire marshals appointed under ORS 476.040 (Deputies and assistants).

(2)(a) “Police officer” includes:

(A) Police chiefs and police officers of a city who are classified as police officers by the council or other governing body of the city;

(B) Sheriffs and those deputy sheriffs whose duties, as classified by the county governing body, are the regular duties of police officers;

(C) County adult parole and probation officers, as defined in ORS 181A.355 (Definitions for ORS 181A.355 to 181A.670), who are classified by the county governing body for purposes of this section and ORS 237.620 (Membership of police officers and firefighters in Public Employees Retirement System);

(D) Corrections officers as defined in ORS 181A.355 (Definitions for ORS 181A.355 to 181A.670);

(E) Employees of districts whose duties, as classified by the governing body of the district, are the regular duties of police officers; and

(F) Investigators of the Criminal Justice Division of the Department of Justice.

(b) “Police officer” does not include volunteer or reserve police officers or persons considered by the respective governing bodies to be civil deputies or clerical personnel.

(3) “Public employer” means any city, county or district that employs police officers or firefighters. [1971 c.692 §2; 1973 c.19 §2; 1979 c.656 §6; 1981 c.479 §1; 1989 c.614 §2; 1991 c.67 §55; 2005 c.22 §175]

Notes of Decisions

In home rule cities, retire­ment and life insurance benefits for police of­fi­cers and firemen are predominantly matters of state concern rather than local concern. La Grande/Astoria v. Public Employes Retire­ment Board, 281 Or 137, 576 P2d 1204 (1977)

Const. Art. XI §2, providing that “Legislative Assembly shall not enact, amend, or repeal any charter or act of incorpora­tion for any municipality, city or town,” did not deny legislature authority to enact statewide standards for police and fire fighters retire­ment and insurance benefits. La Grande/Astoria v. PERB, 284 Or 173, 586 P2d 765 (1978)

Chapter 237

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Authority for voluntary pension trust program for public employees not in educa­tion, (1971) Vol 35, p 998; applica­tion of 1971 amend­ments to benefits under this chapter to retired teachers, (1972) Vol 35, p 1243; retroactive credit for employees of the Legislative Assembly for benefits of the Public Employes’ Retire­ment System, (1973) Vol 36, p 491; eligibility of Teachers’ Retire­ment Fund members for increased retire­ment benefits under 1973 law, (1973) Vol 36, p 687; implied standards for level of funding which must be maintained to achieve “actuarial soundness,” (1977) Vol 38, p 880

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 237—Public Employee Retirement Generally, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors237.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 237, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano237.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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