Texas Emergency Services Retirement System

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TESRS Board Meeting 7/20/2018

The Texas Emergency Services Retirement System (TESRS) will hold its board meeting on July 20, 2018, 10:30 A.M. @ The DoubleTree Hotel, 8181 Airport Boulevard, Houston, TX 77061. 


You can find the board meeting agenda here: July 20, 2018

State Board Seeks Public Input on Improving Plan Design and Administration

The State Board of Trustees of TESRS (the Board) is inviting public testimony from your department about the retirement system, its administration, and its retirement plan design at a public meeting of the Board on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 2:00pm at the Hyatt Place Austin Airport.

The Board is interested in hearing your ideas and recommendations about improving the plan design of the retirement system and simplifying the administration of the program. Your public testimony may be provided in person or in writing. Please reference the Invitation to Provide Public Comment to learn more about providing your input.

Your public testimony may be provided in the following ways:

In Person-
Attend the public meeting of the Board to be held at 2:00pm, May 23, 2018 at Hyatt Place Austin Airport, 9532 Spirit of Austin Lane, Austin, Texas 78719;

In Writing-
Please submit your written testimony by letter or fax no later than 12:00pm on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 addressed to Frank Torres, Chairman, at:
  • Texas Emergency Services Retirement System. P.O. Box 12577, Austin, Texas 78711;
  • Via email at i[email protected]; or
  • Via fax at (512) 936-3480
Public Information Act Requirements 5/4/2018

The Public Information Act (Government Code Chapter 552), gives the public the right to access government records. An officer for public information and the officer’s agent may not ask why a requestor wants them.

If you receive a request for information under the Public Information Act you should act promptly to comply with the law; however, we encourage you to seek legal advice regarding your responsibilities because the receipt of a public information request triggers important deadlines for governmental bodies.


All government information is presumed to be available to the public. Certain exceptions may apply to the disclosure of some information. Governmental bodies shall promptly release requested information that is not confidential by law— either constitutional, statutory, or by judicial decision— or information for which an exception to disclosure has not been sought.

You should also be aware that Government Code § 552.0038 deems confidential the records of individual members, annuitants, retirees, alternate payees, program participants, or persons eligible for benefits from a retirement system from public disclosure. If you believe this provision may apply to requested records, you are encouraged to confer with an attorney to determine whether you must withhold confidential information.

The Attorney General’s Open Records Division has an Open Government Hotline (877) 673-6839 to answer questions about PIA requests although they do not provide legal advice. The Open Records Division has also created a PIA handbook that is available to the public:

State Board Adopts Rule Changes 3/26/2018

The State Board of Texas Emergency Services Retirement System has adopted the following changes to the Texas Administrative Code:

Rule § 308.4 (Amendment): Changes were adopted in order to expand the the scope of individuals who are eligible for an off-duty death benefit. The expanded scope specifically pertains to the surviving spouse of  vested inactive members who are 55 and older and die off-duty. These surviving spouses are now eligible for a death annuity. The amendment also effects beneficiary designations once a member is terminated from the system.

Rule § 310.9 (Amendment): This amendment deals with the ability to appeal a decision of the State Board regarding Administrative Penalties and was changed to better reflect the requirements of the Texas Government Code.

For more detailed information regarding these changes, please visit http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/index.shtml, or review an excerpt from the Texas Register here.

New Training Material 3/9/2018

Since Annual Reports have now been completed, Online Users are encouraged to print and provide benefit statements to their membership for review. To assist in this task, TESRS has released new training material for online users that provides a How-To guide on creating benefits statements and calculating future benefits for members.

Be sure to check out these additional sections in the TESRS Online Training Manual that can be found under the Forms & Publications tab, or by clicking on the link here.

We've also provided a how-to training video that can assist you in the steps needed to print and provide benefit statements and estimates to your members.

Please contact our office by email at [email protected] if your members encounter any incorrect information or would like to know more about their service history.
State Board Adopts New Rules 1/3/2018

The State Board of Texas Emergency Services Retirement System has adopted the following changes to the Texas Administrative Code:

Rule §302.5 (Amendment) - These changes were adopted in order to protect the system benefits earned by volunteer firefighters and first responders. The changes require departments and the Local Board to correct any errors that have occurred in the system regarding the granting of qualified service and enrollment of members.

Rule § 302.6 (Repeal) - Due to changes in Rule 302.5, the agency was able to repeal Rule 302.6, since it became redundant.

Rule § 302.8 (Amendment) - This change was required in order to correctly reference our rules to statute. The change did not affect the current function of this rule.

Rule § 308.2 (Amendment) - This amendment was adopted to correct an error and conform the section with statute. This change allows the Executive Director to determine the merits of a retirement claim if a department does not meet within 16 days, as outlined in the Texas Government Code.

Rule § 310.12 (New) - Rule 310.12 is a new rule that mandates online access to the TESRS Database, requiring local boards to follow a process in order to access this system and to put security processes in place to help protect department and member information.

You can review the adoptions in the December 29th edition of the Texas Register

We Want Your Former Members to Retire!- 10/25/2017

The Texas Emergency Services Retirement System office is sending letters to vested-terminated members (over age 55) throughout our system to encourage them to file for retirement.  You would think that these members would jump at the chance to get a check from the State for the rest of their life; however, the response has been slow.


We need your help. If you know any former members who are eligible to retire, please encourage them to file the application with our office.

If you are a vested member age 55 or older who is eligible to retire, complete a Retirement Application and TESRS Withholding Form to start receiving a lifetime annuity from TESRS. 

If you have any questions about your service history or need assistance completing the Retirement Application, please submit a "Contact Us" request and we will reach out to you.