What are the team benefits?
Health and Dental Insurance Plans
The SCSO offers a comprehensive health insurance plan to full-time employees as well as plans that are available to eligible dependents. Full-time employees also have the choice of three dental plans for themselves and eligible dependents.
Paid Time Off and Holidays
The Sheriff’s Office personal time off program is a combination of sick and vacation leave. Full-time employees accrue two days of leave per month, for a total of 24 days per year. The amount of leave accrued per month by the employee increases over time based on the length of service with the agency. Additionally, full-time employees receive 10 paid holidays, including a paid day off for the employee’s birthday.
Full-time employees can take advantage of an educational assistance program that allows them to continue their education for job-related or career development training. The program provides a $1,500 annual allowance, offered on a reimbursement basis, for college degree classes, certification programs, or skill enhancement programs or workshops.
Sheriff’s Office employees can opt to participate in a 457(b) deferred compensation plan which allows employees to put aside money from each paycheck toward retirement. Contributions are tax-deferred, meaning employees don’t pay income taxes on the contributions or earnings until they retire and/or begin to take payments from the account.
Medical Flexible Spending Account
SCSO offers a Medical Flexible Spending Account that allows employees to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for various, qualified out-of-pocket medical expenses. That account can pay for medical expenses that the employee or the employee’s dependents incur even if they are not enrolled in SCSO’s health insurance plan.
Life and Disability Insurance
Life insurance, as well as accidental death and dismemberment insurance, is provided to full-time employees and paid out at one times the employee’s annual salary. Full-time employees also have the option of purchasing short and long-term disability as well as cancer policies. Sworn and certified personnel are provided with additional line-of-duty death benefits.
Eligible veterans who are in training as deputy sheriffs, detention deputies, or communications specialists are eligible to receive compensation of up to $1,000 per month through the GI Bill.
The SCSO participates in the Florida Retirement System (FRS) which offers two outstanding plans for employees: the Pension Plan and the Investment Plan. Employees contribute a small percentage of their salaries towards the plan and the Sheriff’s Office also makes a contribution to the plan. Both part-time and full-time positions are eligible to participate. More details on the plans can be found at www.myfrs.com.
The Pension Plan is a traditional retirement pension plan. The employee contributes a small percentage of their salary towards the plan and the employer also contributes an amount. Employees retire after reaching a certain number of years of service at any age, or after reaching a pre-designated age with a minimum number of years of service. The benefit an employee receives at retirement is a formula based on the employee’s age, FRS membership class, years of FRS service, and an average of the highest years of salary. The State Board of Administration invests all Pension Plan assets. At retirement, payments are made in monthly checks which are guaranteed for the employee’s lifetime.
The Investment Plan is a 401(k)-type retirement investment plan. The employee contributes a small percentage of their salary towards the plan and the employer also contributes an amount. The employee decides how to invest the funds by selecting from the Plan’s list of fund and choosing how to invest the account balance. The benefits an employee receives are based on the account balance, which depends on the amount of money the employee and the employer have contributed and the investment earnings of the funds selected, minus any fees or expenses charged by those funds. At retirement, the account balance can be paid in a number of ways, including a lump sum, a roll-over to another retirement plan, or guaranteed monthly lifetime checks.
Employees are provided with access to a wellness center that has treadmills, free weights and stationary bicycles. There is no charge to access the Center.
Note: Information on employee benefits are current as of August 2014.
Applicants are encouraged to confirm benefit details prior to accepting employment.