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Employee feedback is vital for Diversity & Inclusion Study - Sept. 6! :

7/24/2018
Please help Kent County become an even greater place to work! Your participation in an upcoming confidential Focus Group meeting is critical for an accurate understanding of our recruitment, selection... (Read more)

Earn a $150 wellness check for Biometric Screening event - Oct. 19! :

8/15/2018
Mark your calendars for Friday, October 19, 2018 for the biggest most awesome Employee Health & Wellness Fair ever, because this year you can participate in a FREE Biometric Screening and get a $150 c... (Read more)

More A's to Q's about Health Insurance switch to Aetna/DVHT :

8/7/2018
A number of Questions were posed and Answered in a previous Employee News Blog posting dated July 18. Here are some more queries about the transition to our new health insurance provider – Delaware Va... (Read more)

Join the County's Safety effort during Safe+Sound Week: Aug. 13-19 :

8/6/2018
At Kent County Levy Court, you—our talented and dedicated employees—are our most valuable asset. That’s why it’s our top priority to keep you safe and healthy, so that you return home to family and lo... (Read more)

Health Insurance switch to AETNA generates Qs & Answers :

7/18/2018
Kent County’s new health insurance provider – Delaware Valley Health Trust (DVHT) utilizing the Aetna healthcare provider network became effective July 1, 2018 and I.D. cards were mailed to all enroll... (read more)

No Aetna I.D. card yet? Contact the Personnel Office promptly! :

7/12/2018
Effective July 1, 2018, Kent County transitioned health insurance coverage to the Delaware Valley Health Trust (DVHT), a self-insured consortium of local governments utilizing the Aetna healthcare pro... (Read more)

Free Basic Will Preparation Available Online thru SunLife! :

7/9/2018
Are you and your family prepared if a sudden loss of life event occurs? You can take steps to protect your assets and family members by having your wishes documented. As a Kent County Levy Court emp... (Read more)

July 1 marks Kent County's new Fiscal Year! :

7/6/2018
Happy New Year! Fiscal Year 2019 started July 1, 2018, which means the new Kent County budget is in effect. The new financial plan adopted by Levy Court in early May looks quite a bit like 2018, wit... (Read more)

Diversity & Inclusion Study needs Employee Feedback for Success :

6/29/2018
A Diversity & Inclusion Study for Kent County Levy Court led by the professional consulting firm – IVY Planning Group LLC of Bethesda, MD kicked off in early June with an introductory meeting involvin... (Read more)

DVHT/Aetna adds 20% discount on over-the-counter CVS items :

6/26/2018
The Delaware Valley Health Trust, Kent County’s health insurance program provider using the Aetna health care provider network, has announced the addition of another great “value-added benefit” for co... (Read more)

Aetna health insurance ID cards mailed June 13; use after July 1 :

6/21/2018
New health insurance identification cards were mailed to County employees and eligible retirees by Aetna on June 13. Many staff members reported receipt as early as June 18. Cards are issued to th... (Read more)

DVHT adds VBA Vision to County's health plan design :

5/24/2018
Delaware Valley Health Trust (DVHT), which replaces Highmark as Kent County’s health insurance program administrator using the Aetna provider network effective July 1, 2018, has added Vision Benefits ... (Read more)

Be Safe this Summer by knowing the Heat stress Warning Signs! :

5/21/2018
Many Kent County employees work outside regularly and that can be hazardous if weather conditions become extreme. The fact is extremely high or unusually hot temperatures can affect your health. On av... (Read more)

Dress for Summer with Eye toward County Guidelines! :

5/15/2018
With several days of 90 degree temperatures already in May, many Kent County employees are looking forward to summer and adjusting their work wardrobe as temperatures soar - but don’t go too far. ... (Read more)

2018 Pension Statements: Can You $urvive Retirement? :

5/10/2018
Will your County pension support you in your senior years? It is a question most of us don’t ask until it is too late. According to experts, many Americans struggle to make ends meet while trying ... (Read more)

FY19 Draft Budget includes Benefit & Compensation Adjustments :

4/5/2018
The annual budget process, which begins in September with departmental budget request submission, came to a close on April 3, 2018 as Levy Court put the final touches on the Fiscal Year 2019 budget do... (Read more)

Commissioners Mull Health & Dental Cost Share Premiums :

4/5/2018
In late March, Levy Court directed staff to incorporate costs associated with the Delaware Valley Health Trust (Aetna) employee & retiree health insurance proposals into the proposed FY2019 budget, wh... (Read more)

Levy Court selects DVHT (Aetna) as County’s health insurer :

3/28/2018
After carefully reviewing employee & retiree health insurance proposals submitted by the current insurer - Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware and self-insured municipal cooperative Delaware Vall... (Read more)

County Employee Biometric Screening event flyer - October 19, 2018

 

Aetna/DVHT Summary of Benefits & Coverage - HIGH plan PPO 100%/80% (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019)

 

Aetna/DVHT Summary of Benefits & Coverage - Medicare Supplement PPO $0 plan (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019)

 

Aetna/DVHT Summary of Benefits & Coverage - LOW plan PPO 90%/70% (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019)

 

DVHT - VBA Vision Benefits & Discount Program (effective July 1, 2018) Acct#5519

 

Aetna Precertification List (Procedures, programs, Rx requiring prior approval)

 

DVHT - Aetna Open Choice PPO/HRA (High)  plan summary (eff. July 1, 2018)

DVHT - Aetna Open Choice PPO/HRA (LOW) plan summary (eff. July 1, 2018)

DVHT - Medicare Supplement/Aetna Open Choice PPO plan summary (eff. July 1, 2018)

 

DOT - Commercial Driver License Drug Testing (January 1, 2018) 

 

2017 Annual Medicare & Prescription Drug Coverage Notice

 

SunLife Voluntary Life Insurance Policy (Effective 07/01/17)

SunLife Voluntary AD&D Insurance Policy (Effective 07/01/17)

 

Highmark BCBS HRA explanation to Providers* 

 

Highmark Summary of Benefits & Coverage - HIGH plan (06/01/17 - 06/30/18)

Highmark Summary of Benefits & Coverage - LOW plan (06/01/17 - 06/30/18)

Highmark Summary of Benefits & Coverage - HIGH plan (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017)

Highmark BCBS EPO 100% (HIGH) Benefits Booklet 2016-17 

Highmark Summary of Benefits & Coverage - LOW plan (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017)

Highmark BCBS EPO 90% (LOW) Benefits Booklet 2016-17 

Highmark BCBS Special Medicfill Benefits Booklet 2016-17

Highmark Summary of Benefits & Coverage (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016)

Highmark Summary of Benefits & Coverage (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015)

Highmark Summary of Benefits (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015)

Highmark Summary of Benefits & Coverage (PPACA): July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014

Waiver Form BCBS

Health Insurance Marketplace Notice

 

Dental Opt Out Changes & Form

HIPAA Notice (Delta Dental)

Financial Privacy Notice (Delta Dental)

 

IRS Notice to Employees Eliglble to Participate (Pension Plan)

 

Classification, Compensation & Benefits Study 2015

 

Riddicklarry

Kent County Department Heads have selected LARRY T. RIDDICK from the Department of Administration as the August 2018 Employee of the Month.

 

Larry started with Kent County in June 2016 and serves as a Custodian in the Facilities Management Office. His primary duties include recycling collection and complex terrazzo floor maintenance in the Kent County Administrative Complex as well as weekend assignments at the Kent County Recreation Center.

 

Larry is a dedicated employee who earns high praise from supervisors for his personal commitment to maintain a clean and sanitary environment for visitors and fellow employees. Larry is a dependable employee who can be counted on to complete all assigned tasks in a safe manner and represent Kent County in the most positive way.

 

According to Facilities Director Dick MacDonald, “The work our custodians do is often underappreciated, but it is extremely important in maintaining a safe environment for everyone working in or using our facilities. Larry comes to work every day with a positive attitude and diligently performs his duties in a manner that generates good will from the public and visitors. He is well deserving of this recognition.”

 

Congratulations Larry on a job well done!

 

Williamstom

Kent County Department Heads have selected THOMAS P. WILLIAMS from the Department of Public Safety as the July 2018 Employee of the Month.

 

Tom has worked for Kent County since July 2009 and serves as a Dispatcher II in the Emergency Communications Division. His primary duties include responding to numerous emergency and non-emergency calls, assessing the critical response required, and then dispatching the proper emergency service.

 

Supervisors regularly praise him for his positive attitude and willingness to work whenever needed.  Tom is EMD/EFD-Q certified and as such is one of four dispatchers responsible for listening to hundreds of 9-1-1 calls for quality assurance purposes.  Whenever Tom identifies an issue with protocol compliance, he refers the matter to the dispatcher’s supervisor for remediation.

 

Tom is active on the mobile command center and recently served as host and tour guide of the technology laden vehicle at Safe Summer Day.  In addition, recognizing the importance of having highly experienced dispatchers on-site at the Firefly Festival, Tom volunteered to backfill at the Dispatch Center to cover shifts during the event.

 

According to Director of Public Safety Chief Colin Faulkner, “Tom exemplifies the qualities of an outstanding dispatcher and employee. He has excellent customer service skills and that is effectively demonstrated on each and every 9-1-1 call he handles. He is well deserving of this honor.” 

 

Congratulations Tom on a job well done!

 

Parsonsroxanne

Kent County Department Heads have selected ROXANNE L. PARSONS from the Department of Community Services as the June 2018 Employee of the Month.

 

Roxanne has worked for Kent County since June 2015 and now serves as a Clerk at the Recreation Center after previously working as a Custodian in the Facilities Management Division. Her primary duties include assisting customers at the Rec Center service window, answering telephones, providing information about parks & recreation programming, and routine clerical duties.

 

Roxanne is praised by her supervisors for her superior customer service skills and willingness to help out wherever needed. Her ability to remain focused and handle multiple tasks simultaneously in a very busy work environment is unmatched.    

 

According to Community Services Director Jeremy Sheppard, ““Roxanne has been a positive addition to the Parks and Recreation office. Her customer service skills are excellent and projects a positive image of the County. Roxanne deals with a lot of distraction from her post and handles the day to day business with focus and clarity. Her friendly demeanor and determination to assist all customers makes her a model employee.”

 

Congratulations Roxanne on a job well done!

 

Woottenwallace

Kent County Department Heads have selected WALLACE P. WOOTTEN Jr. from the Department of Public Works as the May 2018 Employee of the Month.

 

Wally has worked for Kent County since October 2000 and now serves as a Heavy Equipment Operator at the Regional Resource Recovery Facility after previously working as a Maintenance Mechanic and as an Electrician in the Wastewater Facilities Division. His primary duties include loading, delivering, and spreading premium quality biosolids – Kentorganite on local farms using a variety of heavy machinery. He is a highly skilled backhoe operator and over the years has been a key team member in major repair projects at all hours of the night and in difficult weather conditions.

 

Wally is praised by his supervisors for his keen sense of humor and work ethic. His dedication to the job is demonstrated by his consistent recognition for annual perfect attendance and the amiable relationships he has cultivated with the farming community.   

 

According to Public Works Director Diana Golt, “Wally has a can-do attitude and has earned a reputation for always being ready to accomplish any task assigned.  He is a valuable member of the team that can be counted on to give 100% every day and every time.”

 

Congratulations Wally on a job well done!

 

Twardusdan

Kent County Department Heads have selected DANIEL E. TWARDUS Jr. from the Department of Planning Services as the April 2018 Employee of the Month.

 

Dan has worked for Kent County since May 2016 and now serves as a Plans Reviewer I after first working as a Building Codes Inspector. His primary duties include reviewing building permit applications, blueprints, and other documents for conformance to County building codes and authorizing the issuance of building permits.

 

Dan is praised by his supervisors for his ability to utilize his extensive experience as a self-employed contractor to anticipate building design challenges and communicate code compliance issues with homeowners and others in the building trades. He has brought a unique perspective to the job and been instrumental in helping maintain tight deadlines. More importantly, Dan has cultivated positive working relationships with builders and helped County inspectors identify important aspects of the construction process in need of special attention. 

 

According to Planning Services Director Sarah Keifer, “Dan exemplifies the County’s customer service ethos and has brought a positive energy to the County’s plan review process. He is very thorough, but his contracting experience helps him identify with the challenges facing homeowners and the building community. He is able to assist the process by suggesting solutions that meet the code requirements and the construction project’s budget and timetable. He has earned a reputation for being methodical, but fair.”

 

Congratulations Dan on a job well done!

 

Wiseangela 

Kent County Department Heads have selected ANGELA G. WISE from the Department of Finance as the March 2018 Employee of the Month.

 

Angie has worked for Kent County since July 1995 and serves as an Account Specialist III. Her primary duties include complex bookkeeping tasks such as assuring accurate payment of invoices, verifying compliance with County procurement rules, reconciling bank statements, and maintaining cash disbursement and receipt journals and ledgers.

 

Angie is praised by her supervisors for her ability to complete multiple tasks in a fast paced working environment.  She also excels as a trainer on the accounts payable system for new staff members. More importantly, over the years Angie has cultivated and maintained trusting working relationships with the various County departments, which results in prompt attention of the responsible direct and indirect cost center funding authority. 

 

According to Finance Director Susan Durham, “Angie is an exemplary member of the Finance team and over the years she has mastered the accounting software with respect to accounts payable. She is dependable and has attained a level of initiative and proficiency that requires minimal follow-up by senior staff.”

 

Congratulations Angie on a job well done! 

 

Krisskathryn 

Kent County Department Heads have selected KATHRYN H. “Kay” KRISS from the Office of the Kent County Register of Wills as the February 2018 Employee of the Month.

 

Kay has worked for Kent County since March 2015 and serves as a Wills Clerk II. She is responsible for scheduling openings and closings of estates, audits estate accountings and explaining to the public the many different procedures required when a family member passes.

 

Supervisors describe Kay as very compassionate and caring toward Wills Office customers. Often grieving family members are inconsolable when visiting the office, but Kay has the unique ability to offer comforting words that help them get through the estate process. She is also praised for her willingness to go above and beyond and accommodate the schedules of her coworkers.

 

According to Register of Wills Harold Brode, “Kay is the kindest person you could ever meet and very deserving of recognition as Employee of the Month. We receive so many comments from constituents about her genuine kindness and caring attitude. She has this wonderful ability to engage with people suffering emotionally over the loss of a loved one and make them feel better.”

 

Congratulations Kay on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected MELANIE A. MARINUCCI from the

Department of Public Safety as the January 2018 Employee of the Month.

 

Melanie started with Kent County in April 2014 and serves as a Paramedic II in the Emergency Medical Services Division. Her primary duties include treating patients using advanced emergency care procedures and insuring the high quality delivery of life support techniques.

 

Melanie serves as a Shift Mentor and as such assists the Field Training Officers with training of paramedic students by sharing her wisdom and experiences to those learning the profession. Also a mentor, she functions as a role-model encouraging new Kent County paramedics to achieve the highest standards of care and conduct.

 

Melanie is highly praised by supervisors for her enthusiasm and customer service skills. Her positive attitude embodies our motto of “Serving Kent County with Pride.”

 

According to Public Safety Director Colin Faulkner, “Melanie, like all our paramedics, is tireless in her commitment to deliver high quality advanced life support. She is devoted to achieving superior patient outcomes and praised by supervisors for her teamwork and willingness to work whenever needed. Melanie is certainly deserving of this honor.”

 

Congratulations Melanie on a job well done!

 

Iturriagaana

Kent County Department Heads have selected ANA ITURRIAGA from the Department of Public Works as the December 2017 Employee of the Month.

 

Ana started with Kent County in May 2005 and serves as a Custodian in the Facilities Management Division. Her primary duties include cleaning restrooms and offices in the Kent County Administrative Complex as well as at the Kent County Recreation Center.

 

Ana is a dedicated employee who earns high praise from supervisors for her personal commitment to maintain a clean and sanitary environment for visitors and her fellow employees. She always has a kind word and her pleasant demeanor makes her easily approachable.  Ana is a dependable employee who can be counted on to complete all assigned tasks in a timely manner and represent Kent County in the most positive way.

 

According to Acting Public Works Director Diana Golt, “The work our custodians do is often underappreciated, but it is extremely important in maintaining a healthy environment for everyone working in or using our facilities. Ana diligently performs her duties with a very pleasant attitude that results in numerous positive comments from the public and visitors. She is a joy to be around and her devotion to the County is obvious by the quality of work she performs.”

 

Congratulations Ana on a job well done!

 

Caufieldelizabeth 

Kent County Department Heads have selected ELIZABETH A. "Betsy" CAUFIELD from the Department of Planning Services as the November 2017 Employee of the Month.

 

Betsy started with Kent County in June 2015 and serves as a Planner I in the Planning Division. Her primary duties include review of site plans and subdivision plans for compliance with all ordinances and regulations­ and good planning principles; researching requests for rezonings, variances and special use permits; assisting the general public in understanding complex planning principles and practices through pre-application meetings; and preparing staff reports.

 

Betsy has earned high praise from supervisors for her effective design and management of the social media strategy for the Comprehensive Plan. She has been instrumental in developing the Plan, and consistently met aggressive and perhaps intimidating deadlines not just without complaint but with enthusiasm.  She has accomplished all of that while also managing the normal day to day activities of Planning. 

 

According to Planning Services Director Sarah Keifer, “While Betsy has been with us only a relatively short time, she has had a substantial impact on our Department.  Her GIS and social media work for the Comprehensive Plan are invaluable and her positive attitude is refreshing and very much appreciated.  We are all pleased to have her as part of our team.”

 

Congratulations Betsy on a job well done!

 

Mansfieldgreg 

Kent County Department Heads have selected GREGORY J. MANSFIELD from the Department of Administration as the October 2017 Employee of the Month.

 

Greg started with Kent County in November 2015 and serves as a Computer Support Technician I in the Information Technology Office. His primary duties include troubleshooting computer hardware, software and/or network operating problems; responding to telephone calls to the I.T. Helpdesk; installing new computer hardware and configuring software; and assisting County employees with various computer related glitches.

 

Although Greg works with all departments, he is assigned to Public Safety and assists with the technical challenges of an around-the-clock operation, as well as the unique inter-agency needs of the Offices of Sheriff and Clerk of the Peace. Additionally, he provides backup to the Media Systems Coordinator for audio/visual support, streaming media and meeting recordation.

 

According to Information Technology Director Kim Crouch, “Greg has an unmatched knowledge of personal computers which allows him to diagnose and fix fatal errors that often befuddle other team members. This special skill makes him the County’s ‘go to, guy’ for most operating system failures. In addition, Greg is proactive about seeking out low cost enhancements or alternatives for expiring software support contracts. Kent County is so very fortunate to have such a talented individual on the I.T. team.”

   

Congratulations Greg on a job well done!

 

Paughjospeh

Kent County Department Heads have selected JOSEPH W. PAUGH Jr. from the Department of Community Services as the September 2017 Employee of the Month.

 

Joe started with Kent County in February 2016 and serves as a Recreation Program Supervisor I in the Division of Parks & Recreation. His primary duties include organizing and coordinating recreational programs, activities at the Recreation Center and various County parks along with special events such as the Children’s Halloween Fantasy Trail at Brecknock Park, which requires the direction of over 30 volunteers.

 

While a relative newcomer to the Parks and Recreation Division, Joe has been the point person during the busy evenings at the Recreation Center. He also lends his leadership by personally coaching youth sports programs such as tot volleyball and tot and youth floor hockey.

   

According to Community Service Director Jeremy Sheppard, “Joe has the energy and passion for providing quality recreation programming at the Kent County Recreation Center. His enthusiasm for programming earns him high praise from community members utilizing the Rec Center. Joe is eager to accomplish new tasks while mastering the day to day operations of the growing center.”

 

Congratulations Joe on a job well done!

 

Caufieldelizabeth

Kent County Employee Council selected and Kent County Levy Court has honored ELIZABETH A. "Betsy" CAUFIELD from the Department of Planning Services as the 2017 Employee of the Year!

 

Betsy started with Kent County in June 2015 and serves as a Planner I in the Planning Division. Her primary duties include review of site plans and subdivision plans for compliance with all ordinances and regulations­ and good planning principles; researching requests for rezonings, variances and special use permits; assisting the general public in understanding complex planning principles and practices through pre-application meetings; and preparing staff reports.

 

Betsy has earned high praise from supervisors for her effective design and management of the social media strategy for the Comprehensive Plan. She has been instrumental in developing the Plan, and consistently met aggressive and perhaps intimidating deadlines not just without complaint but with enthusiasm.  She has accomplished all of that while also managing the normal day to day activities of Planning. 

 

According to Planning Services Director Sarah Keifer, “While Betsy has been with us only a relatively short time, she has had a substantial impact on our Department.  Her GIS and social media work for the Comprehensive Plan are invaluable and her positive attitude is refreshing and very much appreciated.  We are all pleased to have her as part of our team.”

 

Congratulations Betsy!

 

 

 

Allan Kujala - Personnel Director    (IPMA-SCP, CLRP, CGBA)             
E-mail: 
 allan.kujala@co.kent.de.us
(302) 744-2310
Cathleen McLean - Payroll Administrator    
E-mail: 
 cathleen.mclean@co.kent.de.us
(302) 744-2387
Kimm Dixon - Personnel Technician II   (benefits & insurances)
E-mail: 
 kimberly.dixon@co.kent.de.us
(302) 744-2312
Evelyn Jopp - Personnel Technician II  (applicant services) 
E-mail: 
evelyn.jopp@co.kent.de.us
(302) 744-2310

 

IPMA-Senior Certified Professional (IPMA-SCP) awarded by International Public Management Association - Human Resources.   www.ipma-hr.org

Certified Labor Relations Professional (CLRP) awarded by National Public Employer Labor Relations Association.   www.npelra.org

Certified Government Benefits Administrator (CGBA) awarded by the State & Local Government Benefits Association.   www.salgba.com

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