§ 31.35  SERVICE EMPLOYEES; ELIGIBILITY FOR PENSION.
   (A)   Regular pension. A service employee member may retire on a regular pension upon attaining his/her normal retirement date and submitting an application for benefits for approval by the Retirement Board.
   (B)   Early retirement pension. A service employee member may retire on an early retirement pension upon attaining age 55 and if he/she has accumulated at least ten years of credited service.
   (C)   Vested pension. Any service employee member who ceases to be an employee of the town for any cause other than his/her death or retirement, and has accumulated at least ten years of credited service with the town, shall be entitled to receive a vested pension commencing at normal retirement age (the date he/she would have been entitled to submit an application for benefits for approval by the Retirement Board for a regular pension under division (A) if he/she had remained in employment with the town through his/her normal retirement date).
   (D)   Service related disability pension.
      (1)   Any service employee member who is found by the Retirement Board to have become totally and permanently disabled from engaging in any and every duty of his/her or her occupation with the town during the first 24 months of continuous disability or, after the first 24 months of disability, from engaging for profit in any occupation or employment reasonably comparable in nature with that in which the member has engaged at the time such disability occurred, shall be entitled, upon approval of his/her written application for benefits filed with the Retirement Board, to retire and receive a service related disability pension. No member may make more than one application to the Retirement Board per 12-month period for a disability retirement, unless such subsequent request is based upon a separate injury or illness.
      (2)   The right of such service employee member to receive and to continue to receive a service related disability pension shall be subject to the member becoming totally and permanently disabled as a result of injuries arising out of and in the course of his/her employment by the town within the meaning of the workers' compensation laws of the State of Connecticut.
      (3)   The Retirement Board may inquire from time to time into the continued disability of any service employee member receiving a disability pension and may terminate such disability pension at any time if:
         (a)   The Retirement Board finds that the member is no longer totally and permanently disabled; or
         (b)   The member refuses to comply with any reasonable request of the Retirement Board for a medical examination of the member or for requests for other evidence as to his/her condition.
   (E)   Non-service related disability pension. Any service employee member who is found by the Retirement Board to have become totally and permanently disabled due to an injury or illness not arising out of the course of a member's employment with the town shall be entitled to retire on a non-service related disability pension, following the completion of at least ten years of credited service. For service employees hired on or after July 1, 1991, such service employee member shall be entitled to retire on a non-service related disability pension, following the completion of at least 15 years of credited service.
(Ord. 435, passed 3-12-01; Am. Ord. 666, passed 12-7-15)