Alaska Statutes.
Title 39. Public Officers and Employees
Chapter 35. Public Employees' Retirement System of Alaska
Section 381. Alternate Benefit For Elected Public Officers.
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AS 39.35.381. Alternate Benefit For Elected Public Officers.

(a) An elected public officer is eligible for a public officer benefit if the officer is retired under AS 14.25.009 - 14.25.220. Only fully paid credited service as an elected public officer of a municipality or other political subdivision, earned while the municipality or political subdivision was an employer under this plan and while the person was employed full-time under AS 14.25.009 - 14.25.220, may be counted under this section.

(b) Credited service for which contributions were refunded is not creditable under this section unless the refunded contributions have been repaid. For purposes of (a) of this section, a member or former member does not have to be reemployed under this plan in order to pay refunded contributions. Compound interest at the rate prescribed by regulation shall be added to the reinstatement indebtedness from the date of the refund to the date of repayment.

(c) The amount of the monthly elected public officer benefit is two percent of the average monthly compensation for service eligible under this section times those years of service.

(d) When an elected public officer eligible to receive credited service under this section dies, the officer's designated beneficiary is entitled to the balance in the officer's employee contribution account.

(e) A person who retires under this section is not entitled to disability or death benefits under AS 39.35.400 - 39.35.440, a minimum benefit under AS 39.35.485 , or to medical benefits under AS 39.35.535 . Service earned under this section may not be used for vesting under AS 39.35.095 - 39.35.680.

(f) Benefits payable under this section accrue from the first day of the month after which all of the following requirements are met: (1) the elected public officer meets the eligibility requirements of this section; (2) the officer terminates employment under AS 39.35.095 - 39.35.680; and (3) the officer applies for retirement. The benefits are payable the last day of the month. If payment is delayed, a retroactive payment shall be made to cover the period of the delay.

(g) An elected public officer may claim credit under this section for service performed as an elected public officer before May 31, 1989. To claim the service, the elected public officer must have been an elected public officer of a municipality or political subdivision that was an employer under this plan during the elected service and must have been employed full-time under AS 14.25 during that time. When the elected public officer claims that service, an indebtedness to the plan is established. The amount of the indebtedness is the full actuarial cost of providing benefits for the service claimed. Interest as prescribed by regulation accrues on that indebtedness beginning on July 1, 1989. Any outstanding indebtedness existing at the time the person retires requires an actuarial adjustment to the benefits payable based on that service.

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