Who We Are
The Mississippi Retired Public Employees’ Association (MRPEA), founded in 1985, is a non-profit organization that serves to support and protect the existing defined benefit plan administered by the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi (PERS).
MRPEA works tirelessly to protect PERS. In 1986, MRPEA members worked diligently for passage of an amendment to the Mississippi Constitution protecting the PERS trust fund. Since then, MRPEA has supported efforts to safeguard and improve benefits while maintaining the fiscal integrity of PERS.
MRPEA envisions a financially secure retirement system with stable benefits supported by members and retirees of PERS and public officials.
The mission of MRPEA is to protect the financial security and benefits of PERS for current and future retirees.
Our 2016-2017 Organizational Goals
• To enhance communication with our partner organizations;
• To increase our legislative presence; and
• To promote membership in MRPEA.
Our Organizational Structure
MRPEA operates using an all-volunteer board of directors and four officers – president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary – elected by the membership. Directors and officers attend board meetings, establish and maintain relationships with members and partner organizations, disseminate information, and approve district director appointments. Eight appointed district directors serve the organization by being the local contact between the board and our members. MRPEA directors and officers are all retired Mississippi public employees who volunteer their time.
• All PERS Retirees
• State and Public School Employees
• University and Community/Junior College Employees
• County and Municipal Employees
Public employees have a vested interest in legislation and any decisions that could potentially affect their retirement benefits, organizational change to PERS or its Board of Trustees, as well as the type of pension plan offered. Therefore, MRPEA has and continues to conduct events, support educational programs, promote beneficial legislation, discourage harmful legislation, and pursue other activities aimed at enhancing and protecting the retirement security of our members.