Texas Emergency Services Retirement System

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Avoid Inaccurate Bills – Check your Retirement System Enrollment

The Retirement System is going to bill for your Department’s Retirement System contributions at the end of August for each member currently enrolled in the system. Many departments fail to update their TESRS enrollment rosters and they end up paying contributions for those who are no longer members of the Department. Here are the steps that you should take to properly update the pension system.

Ask for help.  Call TESRS at (800) 919-3372 or email us at info@tesrs.texas.gov.

Print your MRR.  Ask your Department's authorized user of the TESRS On-Line system to print the semi-annual Membership Reconciliation Report (MRR) that was created in the system on August 1, 2019. It is a "pre-bill" detailing the pending charges for Retirement System contributions. Email our office at info@tesrs.texas.gov if don't have on-line access and need to request a copy to review.

Check the MRR. Reconcile your Department’s membership roster against the Retirement System’s list reflected on the MRR. Identify those members you need to add and those members you need to terminate from enrollment in the Retirement System. 

Enroll your members. The most important step is to enroll your new members into the Retirement System as soon as possible. This will ensure that each member of your Department is covered by TESRS on-duty death and disability benefits. (A description of this process is described here)

Terminate inactive members.  There is no need to pay for inactive members. (A description of this process is described here)

Wait for the changes to process.   Changes to your Retirement System enrollment and your MRR may take a few days. We will process your forms, update your Department's Retirement System membership roster, and regenerate a new MRR which will reflect your changes. Print out the revised MRR (or contact TESRS for a copy) and make sure your changes were properly entered into the Retirement System’s database. 

Schedule a Local Board meeting to formally review and approve the accuracy of the MRR (required).  Have your TESRS On-line user to certify the approved MRR by enter the Local Board meeting date into the on-line MRR and submitting the report.

Get it done by August 26th. The MRR is a required report and must be submitted by August 26, 2019. Local Boards who have not submitted the MRR by the deadline will be subject to administrative penalties.

Senate Confirms Three TESRS Board Members

On April 12th, the Senate confirmed three nominees appointed by Governor Abbott to serve on the TESRS Board of Trustees:

  • Edward J Keenan, (Pasadena) - Firefighter Member
  • Rodney Alan Ryalls, (Burkburnett) - Firefighter Member
  • Stephanie Lynn Wagner, (Wimberley) - Finance Member

Their terms are set to expire September 1, 2023. You can learn more about the board members by clicking here.

On-site Visits Available!


If your department is interested in participating in TESRS, or if your department currently participates in the pension system, our representatives are available to come give a presentation on the benefits of membership to your volunteer firefighters and first responders. 


If your department currently participates in our program, we can also schedule an on-site visit to provide technical assistance and advise Local Boards on organizational and reporting requirements, member enrollment, and benefit claims.


We can also present to a department’s governing entity such as a city, county, or emergency services district that would be responsible for making contributions to fund members’ benefits. 


Please send an email to outreach@tesrs.texas.gov if you are interested in scheduling a meeting with TESRS. Information about the benefits we provide for our members can be found by clicking here.

State Board Reduces Part Two Contribution Rate to Zero

Due to the improved actuarial funding status of the pension fund, the State Board voted on January 23, 2019 to reduce the Part Two contribution rate to zero percent effective September 1, 2018 and to issue credits for Part Two contributions invoiced during Fiscal Year 2018 (9/1/2017 – 8/31/2018). 

Please let your accounts payable representative know that TESRS will issue a credit memo indicating the amount of credit that will be applied to the February 2019 invoice for contribution charges.