SJCERA was established in 1946 by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors to provide retirement, disability, and death benefits to employees of San Joaquin County and other participating employers. Visit the Employers page for a list of SJCERA’s participating employers.

SJCERA is a defined benefit plan, qualified under Section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. A defined benefit plan is an employer-sponsored retirement plan that provides members a lifetime benefit based on a formula using age at retirement, years of service, and final average compensation. SJCERA administers the benefits in accordance with the provisions of the County Employees Retirement Law (CERL) of 1937, the Public Employees Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) of 2013, and the Internal Revenue Code.

SJCERA is governed by an independent, nine-member Board of Retirement. SJCERA's mission is to be trusted financial stewards committed to providing excellent service and lifetime retirement benefits to our members.