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Ellensburg, WA 98926-2887
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Kittitas (pronounced 'kit-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
This is a brief outline of the benefit programs available to Kittitas County
employees. Employees working in positions categorized as "full-time" or
"part-time" are normally eligible for all benefit programs. Part-time
positions are those regularly working at least 20 hours per week. Other
categories of positions are normally excluded from benefits.
Please contact the Human Resource Office for more detailed information.
The County is a member of the Washington Counties Insurance Fund (WCIF). Eligible employees may choose
coverage for themselves and eligible family members from the plans offered by the vendors listed below.
Coverage will begin for new employees on the first day of the month following their date of hire. If
employment begins on the 1st of the month, coverage begins on the date of employment.
Note: Members of the Line Deputy and Probation Services Collective Bargaining groups obtain their medical
insurance through the Washington Teamsters Welfare Trust (WTWT). Line Deputies also obtain their Dental,
Vision, and Life benefits through the WTWT. Please contact HR for more information.
The County offers access to a basic life/accidental death and dismemberment insurance plan through
The Standard as part
of the core benefits program.
Supplemental products are available for eligible employees who choose to
purchase them through AFLAC, Allstate, Colonial, and The Standard. These products include:
Benefited county employees are required to participate in the County's group insurance plan by purchasing
coverage for themselves
(medical, dental, vision, and life). Dependents may be voluntarily covered at the employee's expense,
and enrollment rules.
The amount contributed by the County toward benefit premiums vary between employee groups and
collective bargained agreements. Currently, employees not covered by a collectively bargained
agreements receive $700.00 monthly with which they must purchase their coverage (medical, dental,
vision, and life). Any monies remaining may be applied to the purchase of dependent coverage or
placed into a VEBA health reimbursement account (HRA).
View the insurance premiums.
Through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Kittitas County provides
confidential access to professional counseling services for help in confronting
personal problems such as substance abuse, marital and family difficulties,
financial or legal troubles, and emotional distress. The EAP is available to
employees covered by a medical plan and includes anyone who resides in the employee's
household. The EAP offers
problem assessment, short-term counseling, and referral to appropriate
community and private services. These services are not provided directly by
Kittitas County, but are contracted with an outside agency specializing in
counseling and referral.
There is no cost to covered employees or those residing with the employee to consult with an EAP counselor.
counseling is necessary, the EAP counselor will outline community and
private services available. The counselor will also let employees know
whether any costs associated with private services beyond EAP may be covered by their
health insurance plan. Costs that are not covered are the responsibility of
Benefited county employees will participate in each type of leave plan. The
amount of leave an employee may accrue and bank will vary between employee
groups and collective bargained agreements. Types of leave include:
Most benefited county employees are eligible to participate in the
Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Public Safety Employees Retirement System (PSERS), or the Law Enforcement
Fire Fighters retirement plan (LEOFF). Plans are administered by the
Department of Retirement Systems (DRS). Both PERS and LEOFF offer multiple
plan programs. Which plan and program an employee participates in will
depend upon the type or work they perform and the date that they entered
Participation in a DRS program is mandatory for all eligible employees. Both
the employee and the County contribute to the plan at a rate set the by
For more information regarding DRS you may visit their website at
Employees may voluntarily participate in a choice of deferred compensation
plans sponsored by the county and may defer funds from their pay checks not
to exceed an amount set each year by the Internal Revenue Service. Taxes on
the deferred amount are not payable until the employee actually receives the
Employees may choose from the deferred compensation vendors listed below.
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.