Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Retirement System

The Law Enforcement Officers’ and Firefighters’ Retirement (LEOFF) System is administered by the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS). If you became a member before October 1, 1977 you are in LEOFF 1. If you became a member after October 1, 1977 you are in LEOFF Plan 2.

LEOFF Plan 2 is governed by a Retirement Board created in 2002 by the passage of Initiative 790, which transferred authority to a governor-appointed 11 member board (six LEOFF Plan 2 members, three employer representatives, and two legislators). President Dennis Lawson and Legislative Liaison AJ Johnson currently serve on the Board. The Board sets contribution rates for the plan and studies related pension issues. It also recommends pension policy to the Legislature in the interest of the members and beneficiaries of the Plan.

Your Retirement Account (through the Department of Retirement Systems)

Membership established on or after October 1, 1977

Retirement Board

The Washington State Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Plan 2 Retirement Board (LEOFF Plan 2 Retirement Board) was created by Initiative 790, passed by the people of Washington State in November 2002. It was established as a state agency in July 2003 and is governed by a Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for:

  • The adoption of actuarial standards to be applied to the Plan.
  • Providing for additional benefits for fire fighters and law enforcement officers subject to the cost limitations provided for in chapter 2, Laws of 2003.
  • Exercising fiduciary responsibility in the oversight of those pension management functions assigned to the Board.
  • Providing effective monitoring of the Plan by providing an annual report to the legislature, to the members and beneficiaries of the plan, and to the public.
  • Establishing contribution rates for employees, employers, and the State of Washington that will guarantee viability of the Plan, subject to the limitations provided for in chapter 2, Laws of 2003.
  • Provide for an annual budget and to pay costs from the Trust, as part of the normal cost of the Plan.
  • Retain professional and technical advisors as necessary for the fulfillment of their statutory responsibilities.

Fire Fighter Representatives

Position 4
Mark Johnston, retired member Local 452
Appointed: 7/1/2003
Current term ends: 6/30/2019

Position 5
Dennis Lawson, WSCFF President
Appointed: 7/1/2017
Current term ends: 6/30/2023

Position 6
AJ Johnson, WSCFF Legislative Liaison
Appointed: 12/17/18
Current term ends: 6/30/2021

Law Enforcement Representatives

Position 1
Jason Granneman
Appointed: 8/18/2015
Current term ends: 6/30/2021

Position 2
Tarina Rose-Watson
Appointed: 7/24/2018
Current term ends: 6/30/2019

Position 3
Representative Jeff Holy (Retired)
Appointed: 7/1/2005
Current term ends: 6/30/2023

Employer Representatives

Position 7
Ade’ Ariwoola
Appointed: 7/12/2017
Current term ends: 6/30/2021

Position 8
Dwight Dively
Appointed: 7/1/2016
Current term ends: 6/30/2020

Position 9
Pat McElligott
Appointed: 10/30/2017
Current term ends: 6/30/2019

Legislative Representatives

Position 10
Representative Steve Bergquist
Appointed: 6/28/2017
Current term ends: 12/31/2018

Position 11
Senator Judy Warnick
Appointed: 6/16/2015
Current term ends: 12/31/2020

The Board works closely with other state agencies to provide the highest level of service to our members:

Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) collects contributions, tracks service credits, and pays benefits for LEOFF Plan 2 members and other Washington State public pension systems. 1-800-547-6657

Office of the State Actuary (OSA) produces actuarial fiscal notes estimating the cost to fund bills proposing changes to pension benefits. 360-786-6140

Washington State Investment Board (WSIB) is responsible for investing public trust funds, including the assets of the LEOFF Plan 2 Trust Fund. 360-956-4600

The LEOFF Plan 2 Board is comprised of three fire fighters, three police officers, three employer representatives, and two legislators. One Board member must be a retired participant of LEOFF Plan 2. Board members are appointed by the Governor.

To become a LEOFF Plan 2 Retirement Board Trustee, follow the application process provided through the Governor’s Office. We encourage interested parties to inquire, even if there are no Board positions currently open.