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Office ofRetirement

The Office of Retirement ensures effective benefits administration and delivery of member services in accordance with Article 5, Title 1 of the Baltimore County Code.

The Employees Retirement System (ERS) is a qualified plan under Section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. Services include timely and accurate payment of benefits, benefits counseling, communicating with participants and maintaining the pension system database. 


All applicants for retirement must be approved by the Board of Trustees prior to receiving a benefit. Learn more.

Planning for Retirement

County employees may want to attend one of the Pre-Retirement Seminars sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Training Division. These semi-annual seminars are listed in the spring and fall schedule of courses, available on BCnet. There will be speakers from different offices, including:

  • Retirement
  • Insurance
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Social Security
  • The Credit Union

For more information, call the Training Division at 410-887-8713. The Board of Education and the Community College conduct pre-retirement seminars for their employees.

Initiating the Process


The first payment you receive will be in the form of a check. After the first month, you will receive your payment by direct deposit. You will still receive a pay stub in the mail. Direct deposits are dated and payable on the last banking day of each month. To find out the current month's pay date, look for the check messages printed on each month's pay stubs for future pay dates and other important information.

Contact Information

Your former employer administers insurance benefits. To stay up to date on issues affecting retirees, contact your union (if applicable) or the Baltimore County Retired Employees Association at 410-663-3341. You may also check your monthly pay stub for important information.

Notice of Class Action Lawsuits

Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFR)

Contact the Office for copies of reports published prior to the dates listed below. The following are PDFs that open in a new window.

Contact Us

Office of Retirement

400 Washington Avenue
Room 169
Towson, Maryland 21204


Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.




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