|HAMPDEN COUNTY REGIONAL RETIREMENT SYSTEM|
Serving the County of Hampden Massachusetts
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE HAMPDEN COUNTY REGIONAL RETIREMENT BOARD OFFICE WILL RE-OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, EFFECTIVE JUNE 1, 2020. ALL SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES WILL BE IN PLACE. IF 6 FEET OF SOCIAL DISTANCING IS NOT POSSIBLE, FACE COVERINGS WILL BE REQUIRED.
THE ONGOING CORONA VIRUS CRISIS WILL NOT RESULT IN ANY INTERRUPTION OF PAYMENT OF MONTHLY BENEFITS TO OUR RETIREES AND BENEFICIARIES. THE NEXT PAYMENT WILL BE ISSUED ON OCTOBER 30, 2020. A SECOND AND FINAL NOTICE FOR THE COMPLETION OF THE ANNUAL AFFIDAVIT WILL BE SENT OUT TO THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NOT FILED THE REQUIRED AFFIDAVIT AS OF SEPT. 30, 2020. THIS YEAR THE BOARD HAS WAIVED THE REQUIREMENT TO HAVE THE FORM NOTARIZED DUE TO THE ONGOING HEALTH EMERGENCY. YOU WILL NEED TO SIGN AND DATE THE FORM AND HAVE A NON-FAMILY MEMBER OVER THE AGE OF 18 SIGN AS THE WITNESS AND DATE THE FORM. YOU MAY MAIL THE FORM TO THE RETIREMENT BOARD ADDRESS WHICH IS: HAMPDEN COUNTY REGIONAL RETIREMENT BOARD, 67 HUNT STREET - SUITE 116, AGAWAM, MA 01001. FAILURE TO RETURN THIS AFFIDAVIT BY OCTOBER 25, 2020 WILL RESULT IN THE SUSPENSION OF THE MONTHLY RETIREMENT BENEFIT COMMENCING OCTOBER 31, 2020.
Organized under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts effective January 1, 1937, the Retirement System has over three thousand (3,000) active members and one thousand five hundred (1,500) retirees and beneficiaries from thirty-five (35) member units throughout Hampden County.
The Retirement System is governed by a five-member Retirement Board, made up of two elected members, one member appointed by the member unit treasurers, one member appointed by the Board and a chairman also appointed by the Board. This retirement system is subject to the provisions of Chapter 32 of Massachusetts General Laws. Our system, as well as all of the 105 other retirement systems in Massachusetts, is overseen by the Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission ("PERAC").
This is a defined benefit plan. That means that a specific formula based upon a member's age, retirement service credit, and highest three or five consecutive year's average salary are used to determine a member's gross retirement allowance. This is a guaranteed lifetime benefit.
As of October 1, 2008 the assets of the system were transferred and became a part of the larger state retirement fund known as the Pension Reserve Investment Trust Fund, or "PRIT Fund". This change only involved the management of the Board's assets and nothing else. The office and staff remain in place to serve our members and retirees on a daily basis and continue to issue monthly retirement allowance checks from our location which is: Hampden County Regional Retirement Board, Agawam Corporate Center, 67 Hunt Street - Suite 116, Agawam, Massachusetts 01001.
This website is here to provide members, employees, retirees and beneficiaries of the Hampden County Regional Retirement System with information and news items. We hope the site is used as a source of information to the benefit of those we serve.
If you have any thoughts, comments or suggestions regarding the site, please feel free to send them to our office by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.