The Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association (ACERA) is
the retirement pension plan for public employees in Alameda County,
California who work for some of the county’s public employers. ACERA
was established in 1948 by the Alameda County Board of
Supervisors to provide retirement, disability, and death benefits
to Alameda County and member district employees.
The ACERA retirement plan provides lifetime benefits to members
of the retirement system who meet the minimum age and
length-of-service requirements or are eligible for disability
retirement. The plan is a significant and fundamental part of the
comprehensive benefits package that participating employers offer
to eligible employees.
ACERA is governed by Federal and State laws including but not
limited to the provisions of the County Employees Retirement Law
of 1937 (CERL), found in sections 31450–31898 of the California
What We do
The ACERA organization works to provide members and participating
employers with cost-effective benefits, to prudently manage
investment of ACERA plan funds, and to provide superior service
to our members.
The ACERA organization is committed to carrying out the ACERA
mission through a competent, professional, impartial and open
decision-making process. In providing benefits and services, all
persons are treated fairly and with courtesy and respect.
Investments are managed to balance the need for security with
superior performance. We expect excellence in all activities.
ACERA was established by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors
under Ordinance No. 446, dated October 21, 1947. ACERA is a
separate public entity governed by the provisions of the County
Employees Retirement Law of 1937, Title 3, Division 4, Chapter 3,
commencing with Section 31450 of the California Government Code
and case law applicable to public employee pension plans.
On January 1, 1948, ACERA became operative to provide retirement,
disability, and death benefits to the General and Safety members
employed by Alameda County.
The retirement plan provides lifetime benefits to members of the
retirement system who meet the minimum age and length-of-service
requirements and is a significant and fundamental part of the
comprehensive benefits package ACERA provides to eligible
Over the years, ACERA has expanded its member services to include
employees of the Alameda County-based Superior Court of
California and the five special districts of the County, as well
as to administer retiree health care, dental care, vision care,
and supplemental cost-of-living benefits.
ACERA’s plan is a defined benefit pension plan, qualified under
Section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. Funding of a
defined benefit pension plan is based on a cost sharing principle
through employee and employer contributions rates, which are
determined annually upon recommendation by the plan’s
actuary. Therefore, retirement benefits are determined by a
formula and not on an individual’s account balance.
The ACERA Board of Retirement is responsible for establishing
policies governing the administration of the retirement plan and
managing the investments of the system’s assets. The Board has
nine members and two alternate members. The Alameda County Board
of Supervisors appoints four members and six are elected by
ACERA’s membership. The County Treasurer is an ex-officio member.
The Board of Retirement oversees the Chief Executive Officer and
staff in the performance of their duties in accordance with the
County Employees Retirement Law of 1937, ACERA’s by-laws, and
To provide ACERA members and employers with flexible,
cost-effective, participant-oriented benefits through prudent
investment management and superior member services.
Commitment (Board and Staff)
To carry out our Mission through a competent, professional,
impartial and open decision making process. In providing benefits
and services, all persons will be treated fairly and with
courtesy and respect. Investments will be managed to balance the
need for security with superior performance. We expect excellence
in all activities. We will also be accountable and act in
accordance with the law.
To create an environment in which Board Members can maximize
their performance as trustees
To improve the level of benefits and delivery of services
provided to members and employees
To improve communications with members and employers
To attract, develop and retain competent and professional
To achieve and maintain top quartile investment performance
as measured by the Public Fund Universe
Alameda County and member districts that participate in ACERA’s
pension plan are referred to as “Participating Employers.” Their
employees who work in retirement-eligible positions are members of ACERA and earn credit toward retirement and other
benefits. ACERA’s participating employers are :
The County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 (CERL), as amended, beginning at California Government Code Section 31450, et seq., is a body of law enacted to govern retirement benefits for certain public employees. The CERL governs retirement systems for county and district employees in those counties adopting its provisions pursuant to Cal. Gov. Code §31500. Twenty California counties operate retirement systems under the provisions of the 1937 Act, which sets forth the policies and regulations governing the actions of these county retirement systems.
List of CERL Statutes Relating to ACERA
This List of CERL Statutes Relating to ACERA is a table containing links to statutes that do or could apply to ACERA and to the authorities, where available, that show that the statutes were properly adopted, where required by the language of the statute itself.
The Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association (ACERA)
provides these pages as a service primarily to its members, their
beneficiaries and the public generally. ACERA makes no
representations or warranties, express or implied, with respect
to any statements and/or documents, or any part thereof,
including any warranties of title, noninfringement of copyright
or patent rights of others, merchantability, or fitness or
suitability for any purpose.
California Government Code Section 6270.5 requires ACERA to publish a catalog of our enterprise systems. Enterprise Systems are large-scale application software packages that support business processes, information flows, reporting, and data analytics. Below is a table cataloging ACERA’s enterprise systems.
Form 801 is used to report certain payments received by state and
local government agencies that are used for agency purposes and
paid by a third party. Fair Political Practices Commission
(FPPC) Regulations 18944 and 18950.1 provide a procedure
that agencies may use to disclose these payments, which may
include a payment for an official’s travel expenses for the
purpose of facilitating the public’s business in lieu of using
agency funds; and a payment that would otherwise be considered a
gift or income to the benefiting official, but is instead
accepted on behalf of the agency.