Deferred Compensation 457 Savings Plan 

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The Deferred Compensation 457 plan is offered through MissionSquare Retirement. A 457 plan allows you to save and invest money for retirement with tax benefits.

A 457 plan is designed to supplement your retirement income. While a life-time City of Savannah pension payment and/or Social Security may go a long way, you may need additional funds for retirement. Saving to your 457 plans can help you maintain your desired standard of living.

Contact Information 

Customer Service Center:800.669.7400
Retirement Representatives:Alvin: 202.759.7186 
Danny: 202.759.7051

Deferred Compensation / 457 Savings Plan Highlights

  • All new hires are auto enrolled at 1% unless you opt out or change your desired contribution amount.
  • The City contributes $20 per month for employees who enroll in an MissionSquare 457 account and actively contribute $5 or more per week. Uniformed Firefighters and Uniformed Police will not receive the employer contribution if enrolled in the General Fire Pension Fund (GFPF) or the Police Officer Annuity Benefit (POAB).
  • Your MissionSquare contributions are deducted from your pay and deposited in your 457 account on a pretax basis. Pre-tax contributions will reduce your taxable income for the year. 
  • You decide how much to save, subject to the minimum amount of $5 per week which is set by the City,  to the maximum amount of $22,500 for 2023. Additional contributions are allowed for pre-retirement catch-ups which are subject to certain stipulations, up to $27,000 for 2023.
  • You may increase, decrease, or stop your contributions at any time.
  • Get to Know Your 457 Plan

Roth IRA Highlights 

  • Eligible employees may contribute to Roth IRA by salary deduction through MissionSquare Retirement. 
  • Roth IRA contributions are an after-tax deduction. At maturity, invested funds may be spent tax-free. 
  • MissionSquare retirement representatives will assist employees who wish to explore Roth IRA option.  
  •  Your Payroll Roth IRA

Digital Resources - Get the Most Out of Your Retirement Account

Securely access your account at your convenience, online or on the go. Your account is at your fingertips 24/7 with MissionSquare tech tools and Digital Resources:


  • Enroll online at MissionSquare - View and manage your retirement savings account quickly and easily 24/7, with Account Access. Once you’ve signed up, simply log in anytime to stay on top of your retirement savings goals.  
    • Plan Number: 301094

On the Go

  • Mobile App Access: MissionSquare Mobile App Manage your account right from the palm of your hand with the free mobile app for an iPhone or Android smartphone, or tablet.
  • Text Access: MissionSquare Text Allows you to request certain account information and have it sent directly to your mobile phone via text.
  • Ask Alexa: Account Access: Alexa Skills MissionSquare Account Access Skill for Alexa will allow you to link your Amazon device to your MissionSquare Retirement Account to quickly hear your account information.

In the Know

  • Retirement Readiness Tool - Am I On Track calculator provides you with a personalized retirement readiness score and retirement income gap analysis assessment. It helps you see if you're on track for retirement. 
  • Advisory Services - Guided Pathways® provides you with a personal retirement roadmap and investment strategy. Wherever you are in your retirement journey, we can help you reach your retirement goals.
  • Retirement Education Center - An educational resource  that contains tools and information to help community-focused employees save throughout all stages of their career.
  • Monthly Savings Tips - RealizeRetirement Monthly provides tips and resources. Take action to help you save, manage debt, and focus on your overall financial wellness.
  • Understanding Mission Square Retirement - Investing in Volatile Markets
  • Meet with a Mission Square Retirement Specialist - Schedule an Appointment


You can make withdrawals from your account when you leave employment or in emergency situations only, which are outlined by MissionSquare. If you are experiencing a financial hardship, you ma apply for an emergency withdrawal. Complete the Emergency Withdrawal Application and submit to the payroll department attention Robert Boyce by fax 912.644.5962 or email.