(a) Local prosecutors, local public defenders, and local public defender investigators are eligible.
(b) Except as provided in subdivision (c) and notwithstanding Sections 31639.7 and 31639.75, past service as a general member shall be converted to safety service if the past service was rendered in a position that has subsequently been reclassified as a safety position pursuant to this section. For local prosecutors, as described in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) of Section 31469.2, service in the office of a district attorney and a local child support agency shall be considered service for the district attorney for purposes of this section.
(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, within 90 days after this section becomes operative in the county, or on the first day of the calendar month following his or her entrance into service, whichever is later, a local prosecutor, local public defender, or local public defender investigator may file a written election not to become a local safety member pursuant to this section.
(d) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, local prosecutors, local public defenders, and local public defender investigators shall be subject to the benefit formula contained in Section 31664 or 31664.2, or any other benefit formula applicable to safety members that does not provide benefits greater than those benefits provided under Section 31664.2, as designated in the resolution described in subdivision (e). A local prosecutor, local public defender, or local public defender investigator shall not be deemed to be a county peace officer, as defined in Section 31469.1, for any purpose under this chapter.
(e) This section shall not be operative in a county unless and until the board of supervisors, by resolution adopted by majority vote, makes this section operative in the county. A resolution to make this section operative in the county shall include all local prosecutors, local public defenders, and local public defender investigators described in Section 31469.2.
(f) A provision in a memorandum of understanding that an employer is not obligated to meet and confer regarding wages, hours, or conditions of employment during the term of the memorandum shall not be construed to preclude meetings regarding the provisions of this section between an employer and local prosecutors, local public defenders, and local public defender investigators prior to the expiration of the term of the memorandum of understanding.
(g) This section does not apply to any person described in Section 31469.2 who dies prior to the date this section becomes applicable in the county.
(Added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 1152, Sec. 12.)