During each of his last four years with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, Ronald Sims added nearly 50 percent to his $60,000 salary in overtime — making $109,000 by working extra hours from 2008 until his 2011 retirement.
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Gwinnett County’s pension calculations:
- The highest average earnings for 60 consecutive months out of the last 10 years of full-time employment is multiplied by 2 1/4 percent.
- That number is then multiplied by the years of full-time employment to come up with a monthly pension payment.
- Overtime was excluded from monthly compensation after 2009. But overtime earnings prior to 2009 are still used in the formula.
- More than 70 other earnings categories are used in pension calculations, including longevity pay, vehicle allowance, shift differentials, incentive pay for certifications and education, on-call pay, and sick leave.