The Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) administers four separate funds: the Public Employees Retirement Fund (PERF); the Public Employees Police and Fire Fund (PEPFF); the Public Employees Correctional Fund (PECF); and the Public Employees Defined Contribution Plan (PEDCP). The PERF covers employees of counties, cities and townships, and employees of schools in non-certified positions. The PEPFF covers police officers and fire fighters. The PECF covers employees in county correctional institutions who have direct contact with inmates. The PEDCP covers elected local government officials except elected county sheriffs, emergency medical service personnel employed by or providing service to any of the participating ambulance services, and physicians employed at public facilities.
PERA served approximately 2,000 units of government and had 347,507 members in its four funds as of June 30, 2003. At June 30, 2003, PERA administered about $12.6 billion in net assets. For the year ended June 30, 2003, PERA received contributions of about $531.6 million and paid benefits and refunds of about $910.8 million.