2017 ORS 238.145¹
Credit for service as police officer or firefighter with nonparticipating employer

(1) A member of the system employed as a police officer or firefighter shall be entitled to receive retirement credit as provided in subsection (3) of this section if:

(a) The member was employed by a public employer as a police officer or firefighter prior to becoming a member of the system;

(b) The public employer that had previously employed the member was not a participant in the system at the time the member was in the service of that public employer; and

(c) The public employer that had previously employed the member was located in this state.

(2) In addition to the requirements of subsection (1) of this section, if the member first becomes a member of the system on or after January 1, 2000, as described in subsection (5) of this section, the member must have been a member of the system for at least 60 calendar months at the time the purchase is made.

(3) Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, a member of the system employed as a police officer or firefighter who meets the requirements of this section shall be entitled to receive retirement credit for the period of employment with a previous public employer as described in subsection (1) of this section up to a maximum of 10 years’ retirement credit if the member:

(a) Applies in writing to the Public Employees Retirement Board for such retirement credit; and

(b) Pays to the board, in a lump sum, an amount representing the contributions the member and the member’s employer would have made for the years for which the member seeks retirement credit calculated as though the member had received a salary for each of those years equal to the salary received by the member in the first full calendar year of employment as a police officer or firefighter within the system. In addition, the member shall pay the interest that would have accrued had the contributions been paid in the years for which the member seeks retirement credit, compounded annually. The interest shall be computed at the annual rate of eight percent. Payment of the lump sum shall be made on or before the effective date of retirement for the member. The amounts representing the contributions the member would have made and the interest on those amounts shall be credited to the regular account of the member. The amounts representing the contributions the employer would have made and the interest on those amounts shall be credits to the account of the member’s current participating employer.

(4) If a person first becomes a member of the system on or after January 1, 2000, as described in subsection (5) of this section, the person may not acquire more than five years of credit under this section in combination with any credit acquired under ORS 526.052 (Credits for former forest protective association employees) for periods of service with another employer that entitle the employee to retirement credit under a retirement plan offered by the other employer. If a person subject to limitation imposed by this subsection also is eligible for credit under ORS 526.052 (Credits for former forest protective association employees), the total years of credit that may be acquired under this subsection and ORS 526.052 (Credits for former forest protective association employees) may not exceed five years.

(5) A person becomes a member of the system before January 1, 2000, for the purposes of this section if:

(a) The person is a member of the system on January 1, 2000; or

(b) The person was a member of the system before January 1, 2000, ceased to be a member of the system under the provisions of ORS 238.095 (Termination of membership), 238.265 (Withdrawal of member account) or 238.545 (Withdrawal of member account) before January 1, 2000, but restores part or all of the forfeited creditable service from before January 1, 2000, under the provisions of ORS 238.105 (Restoration of credit forfeited by reason of termination of membership) or 238.115 (Alternate method of restoring credit forfeited by reason of termination of membership) after January 1, 2000. [Formerly 237.099; 1999 c.317 §12; 2001 c.945 §41]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 238—Public Employees Retirement System, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors238.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.