Benefits Information

MEDICAL, DENTAL AND VISION INSURANCE - Eddy County pays 100% of the premium for health, dental and vision insurance coverage for eligible employees, and 60% of the premium for dependents. Health insurance coverage is available through Presbyterian Health HMO Plan or Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO and HMO plans. Dental coverage is provided by Delta Dental and Vision is provided by Davis Vision. A more complete explanation of the coverage is available through the Human Resources Office.

LIFE INSURANCE – Eddy County pays 100% of the premium for life insurance coverage for eligible employees in the amount of $50,000. 

ADDITIONAL LIFE INSURANCE - Additional Life Insurance coverage is available to the employee. Amounts are from 1 to 5 times the employees’ annual salary with a $400,000.00 cap. Premiums are based on age and amount of coverage. Premiums are the responsibility of the employee.

DEPENDENT LIFE INSURANCE - Dependent Life Insurance coverage is available to the employee through Minnesota Life Insurance Company. Premiums are the responsibility of the employee.   

SHORT AND LONG TERM DISABILITY INSURANCE - Eddy County employees pay the premium (currently $4.70 per pay period) for short and long term disability coverage.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP) - Eddy County provides an EAP to all eligible employees and their dependents. Work-Life Services is voluntary, confidential and available anytime of the day or night. The LifeCycle® Connect website has a collection of resources that include; Child Care, Elder Care, Educational Resources, Adoption, Legal and Medical/Health Resources, Financial Calculators, Resource Links, Assessment Tools and Interactive skill builders for management, career and home-life concerns.

RETIREMENT - Eddy County is a member of the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA). All County employees, except full-time students, as-needed, or temporary employees, must be members of PERA as a condition of employment. The general retirement plan is twenty-five (25) or thirty-years (30) depending upon PERA status. The detention officers’ plan has a multiplier that allows retirement after 22-years 8-months, and the law enforcement plan is twenty (20) years. The County and the employee have contribution rates that are a percentage of the employee’s salary for their retirement plan. In addition to the County’s required match, Eddy County pays 75% of the employees share for those in the general plan and 57% of the employees share for those in the law enforcement/detention plan.

ANNUAL LEAVE - Employees accrue annual leave with pay in accordance with the following years of full-time service:

 0 to 2 years: 80 hours

 2 to 5 years: 96 hours

 5 to 10 years: 120 hours

10 to 15 years: 144 hours

15 to 20 years: 168 hours

20 or more: 200 hours

USE OF ANNUAL LEAVE - Regulations concerning per pay period accrual, approval and use of accrued annual leave are covered in the County's Personnel Policy.

SICK LEAVE - Employees accrue sick leave with pay at the rate of eight (8) hours per month.

SICK LEAVE USE - Regulations concerning per pay period accrual, approval and use of accrued sick leave are covered in the County's Personnel Policy.

HOLIDAYS - The County Commission approves holidays at its discretion during December of each year for the next calendar year. There are 12 1/2 paid holidays.

DEFERRED COMPENSATION - County employees may participate in an additional deferred compensation program as a supplement to PERA retirement.nd one-half paid holidays per year.