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SDCERA is a public retirement system that was established by the County of San Diego (County) on July 1, 1939, pursuant to California's County Employees Retirement Law of 1937. SDCERA administers retirement, disability, and survivor benefits for more than 45,000 Members who are active, retired or former employees of the County (SDCERA's Plan Sponsor) or one of SDCERA's four Participating Employers (the San Diego Local Agency Formation Commission, the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, the San Diego County Office of Education and the Superior Court of California - County of San Diego) or their beneficiaries.

SDCERA is an employer-sponsored defined benefit retirement plan qualified under Internal Revenue Code Section 401(a) that provides a lifetime benefit to Members that is calculated based on a formula using age at retirement, years of service credit and monthly final average compensation.

SDCERA is governed by an independent, nine-member Board of Retirement. For more information about the Board of Retirement, visit the Board of Retirement page.

SDCERA Vision, Mission and Core Values


To be a highly trusted and respected pension system that reliably administers benefits.


Administer the retirement system in a manner that ensures accurate and prompt delivery of benefits to members and beneficiaries with prudent stewardship of trust fund assets to minimize the risk of loss and maximize the rate of return.

Core Values

Integrity - Being honest, trustworthy, ethical and respectful in all aspects of serving our members

Accountability & Transparency - Ensuring that we conduct business in an open and clear manner, being accountable for our conduct and actions

Stewardship - Our fiduciary responsibility to our members is fundamental

Commitment - Approaching our work with enthusiasm, competency, and professionalism