Welcome to PERS


The Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi (PERS) p​roudly serves the state of Mississippi by providing retirement benefits for individuals working in state government, public schools, universities, community colleges, municipalities, counties, the Legislature, highway patrol, and other such public entities. These retirement benefits not only help recruit and retain a strong public workforce in Mississippi, they help stimulate local economies in every county in the state and help reduce the need for social assistance.



Tributes to Mr. Walker were published in the 1989 and 2004 issues of PERS' Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Read 1989 Tribute

Read 2004 Tribute


A Message from the Executive Director

The Affordability of PERS


PERS Executive Director Pat Robertson writes an open letter to members, addressing media reports about whether Mississippi is in the midst of a pension crisis. 

Read letter to members.



Cost-of-Living Adjustment notices may show change in lump sum COLA withholding


Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) notices were recently mailed, and retirees who receive an annual lump sum COLA may notice that tax withholdings for this payment differ from last year.

The reason for the change is because PERS switched to a new pension administration software last year, which defaulted each member's COLA tax withholding to the same preference set for his or her monthly benefit distribution.

PERS sends COLA notices in late June/early July of each year to inform retirees of their December COLA amount and the amount to be withheld in taxes. Once an individual receives and reviews his or her notice, he or she has the option to make any necessary changes before the COLA is paid in December. Retirees who would like to adjust their lump sum COLA tax withholding preference should indicate the preferred change on the notice and return the notice to PERS by October 31.

Retirees who did not receive or no longer have their notice may contact PERS for a duplicate.

Click here to view an overview of the COLA notice.




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