(a) Any person who is regularly employed by a watershed management authority established pursuant to this chapter shall be deemed to be an "employee" of the State of Alabama, as defined in Section 36-27-1. From the date he assumes his duties, any such person shall be deemed to be a "member" of the State Employees' Retirement System, as defined in Section 36-27-4; provided that the required contributions are made to the system.
(b) Any person employed by a watershed management authority shall become a member of the Employees' Retirement System as a condition of employment. Deductions for retirement purposes shall be made from the salary of each employee in the manner prescribed by law.
(c) The watershed management authority shall contribute on account of the participation of its employees the employer's contribution rate as established by the actuary for regular employees of the state.
The contribution rate so computed, based upon the payroll of the employees, shall be certified by the Board of Control of the Employees' Retirement System to the board of directors of the watershed management authority. The watershed management authority shall pay to the State Treasurer the amount certified by the Board of Control and the State Treasurer shall credit such amounts to the appropriate funds of the retirement system.