County Employee Benefits
Pope County offers a variety of benefits to our employees. Here is an introduction to our benefit programs. Note that benefits may vary based on bargaining agreements or union affiliation.
We are committed to compensating our employees competitively and equitably. New employees are hired at the minimum of the salary range, or placed appropriately on the wage scales based on experience and qualifications for their job classification. You can find the salary ranges for all of our positions by viewing the Wage Schedule (PDF).
County employees are paid via direct deposit on a bi-weekly schedule with pay days being every other Friday. The County has 26 pay periods with insurance and benefit deductions on 24 pay periods.
The county observes the following Holidays.
- New Year’s Day – January 1
- Martin Luther King Holiday – Third Monday in January
- Presidential Birthday – Third Monday in February
- Memorial Day – Last Monday in May
- Independence Day – July 4
- Labor Day – First Monday in September
- Veterans Day – November 11
- Thanksgiving Day and the following day – Fourth Thursday and Friday in November
- Christmas Eve Day – December 24
- Christmas Day – December 25
Whenever any of the listed Holidays fall on a Saturday, the preceding Friday shall be observed as the Holiday. Whenever any of the listed Holidays fall on a Sunday, the succeeding Monday shall be observed as the Holiday.
* If Christmas Eve falls on Saturday or Sunday, it is not recognized as an observed Holiday
Time Off Programs
Pope County offers traditional Sick and Vacation leave for employees. The type of program and amount of paid time varies depending on the bargaining agreements or union affiliation.
Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance
Pope County’s Cafeteria Benefit Plan gives employees an opportunity to design a benefit package that more closely fits their personal needs and goals. The county makes monthly employer contributions to purchase benefits from a menu of items. In addition to health and dental insurance options, new employees receive life insurance in the amount of $20,000.
Additional optional coverages include:
- Dependent care expense reimbursement account (FSA)
- Health care expense reimbursement account (FSA Medical and HSA)
- Employee, Spouse and Dependent optional life insurance
The effective date of all insurance coverage is dependent upon the employee’s date of hire. Employees are eligible the first calendar day of the month following the date of hire; employees hired on the first calendar day of the month are eligible the date of hire.
Employees of Pope County participate in Public Employees Retirement Association (P.E.R.A.) Both the employee and the employer make contributions in accordance with current legislative requirements. Optional deferred compensation (457 B) plans are available as well.
Pope County offers voluntary short-term and long-term disability insurance for all benefit eligible employees.
Loan Forgiveness Program
Pope County qualifies as a “public service organization” to help you qualify for this partial student loan forgiveness program. Visit www.StudentAid.gov/publicservice for more information.
Note: Additional information may be requested through the Human Resources Department at 320-634-7700. Statements in this synopsis are not to be considered binding upon the county.