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We are the fiduciary for the Boston Retirement System, a governmental defined benefit plan.

Our board serves members and retirees of all City of Boston departments, the Boston Planning & Development Agency, the Boston Housing Authority, the Public Health Commission, and the Boston Water and Sewer Commission.

Learn more about us

Our upcoming Retirement Board election closes at 5:00 p.m. on 09/29/2023.
Ballots have been mailed to all eligible voters.  If for some reason you have not received a ballot, kindly email our election vendor at: .  After confirming your identity, the vendor will email you an electronic ballot.
If you have moved and perhaps did not file a change of address form with us, please download it and send to us with a copy of your photo ID.  Our change of address form may be located at: . 
Thank you very much for participating in this important election.
Timothy J. Smyth, Esquire
Executive Director


Please note:

July Retirement Check Increases:

The July retirement check includes a Medicare Refund for all those that are eligible. If you have any questions, please call Health Benefits at 617-635-4570 or email them at

The July retirement check also includes a 3% COLA on the base of $15,000. for all eligible members.

Monthly pension checks will be mailed on the last Tuesday of the month. Funds for recipients who elected direct deposit will be deposited to accounts on the last Tuesday of the month with the exception of November and December.

If you would like to update your taxes, please follow the link below for the updated 2023 W4-P form. Questions regarding the form should be addressed to your tax advisor. 

2023 W4-P Form

The 2023 Biennial Affidavits have been mailed to all retirees and beneficiaries. Please complete the entire document and return before July 31, 2023 to avoid interruption of your monthly benefit. You only need the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number on the SSN line. Your signature on the Affidavit MUST be notarized in order to be accepted.

  • 1 City Hall Square
    Room 816
    Boston, MA 02201-2038
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    Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Retirement Board meetings

When and where

The Boston Retirement Board holds its monthly meetings on either the third or fourth Wednesday of the month.

Our meetings start at 10 a.m. The meetings take place in Room 716 of Boston City Hall.

2023 meetings
  • January 20, 2023
  • February 15, 2023
  • March 15, 2023
  • April 26, 2023
  • May 17, 2023
  • June 21, 2023
  • July 19, 2023
  • August 16, 2023
  • September 20, 2023
  • October 18, 2023    
  • November 15, 2023
  • December 20, 2023
Standard agenda
  1. Convene meeting (introduction of members and guests)
  2. Administrative session minutes of previous board meeting
  3. Outstanding and ongoing administrative issues
  4. Outstanding and ongoing investment issues
  5. Outstanding and ongoing financial issues
  6. Outstanding and ongoing operations issues
  7. Outstanding and ongoing legal issues
  8. Adjourn

Meeting minutes


Commission Info

Current members

Member Appointed Expires Status
Michael W. McLaughlin 10/1/2020 9/30/2023 Active
Michael D. O'Reilly 10/1/2020 9/30/2023 Active
Maureen Joyce 7/18/2019 Active
Thomas Jackson 2/25/2021 1/15/2024 Active
Daniel Greene 1/25/2021 3/13/2023 Active
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