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About Us

Our Mission-Providing expert administration and responsible investment of Wyoming’s public retirement and supplemental savings program

Our Vision- Partnering to build financial security for members and their families

Our Values- Integrity, accountability, commitment and excellence

 

The Wyoming Retirement System (WRS) began in 1953 when the Wyoming Teachers Retirement System (established in 1943) and the State Employees Retirement Association (established in 1949) were merged. 

WRS has grown to encompass most nonfederal public employees in Wyoming. WRS is administered by an 11-member board, which hires an executive director to oversee a staff of 38 employees.

WRS consists of nine separate defined benefit pensions plans, including: the Public Employee Plan; the Warden, Patrol and DCI Plan; two Paid Firefighter Plans; the Volunteer Firefighter Plan; Volunteer Emergency Medical Technician Plan; the Air Guard Firefighter Plan; the Law Enforcement Plan and the Judicial Plan. The WRS 457 Deferred Compensation program and the State’s Social Security 218 program are also administered by the Wyoming Retirement Board.

WRS administers retirement benefits for employees of nearly 700 public employers statewide. Currently, the membership totals nearly 42,000 active members, 23,000 retired members and approximately 20,510 inactive members. The active membership is comprised of employees from school districts, the University of Wyoming and community colleges, state and local government and various other political subdivisions.