Section 38-847 of the Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) mandated the creation of the Tempe Fire Public Safety Personnel Retirement System Board. The purpose of the Board is to administer the Tempe Fire Public Safety Personnel Retirement System. In this regard, the Board:
- decides questions of eligibility and service credits, and determines the amount, manner and time of payment of any benefits due under the system;
- prescribes procedures to be followed by claimants filing applications for benefits;
- determines the right of any claimant to a benefit, and affords any claimant or the fund manager (or both) a right to a rehearing on the Board’s original determination;
- distributes information (including annual reports) explaining and/or reporting on the retirement system to interested members/parties; and,
- appoints a medical board to ascertain employee physical fitness.
The Tempe Fire Public Safety Personnel Retirement System Board is composed of five members consisting of the Mayor, or a designee of the Mayor (as chair), two members elected from the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department, and two citizens of Tempe. One of the citizen members is the Chair of the Merit System Board. The two appointed citizens also serve on the Tempe Police Public Safety Personnel Retirement System Board. The citizen members of the Tempe Fire Public Safety Personnel Retirement System Board are appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council. All members serve a four-year term. There is no term limitation for Public Safety Personnel per A.R.S. §38-847. The Board typically meets on the first Thursday of each month at 2 p.m., in the Third Floor Conference Room, Tempe City Hall, 31 E. Fifth St., Tempe. (A.R.S. §38-847)