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Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for New Hires on Nov. 13 :

10/15/2019
Sexual harassment continues to be a problem in our society therefore the Delaware General Assembly adopted legislation in 2018 mandating training for all employees beginning in 2019 and then every two... (Read more)

Learn how to protect Deferred Comp (457) assets in volitile market :

10/16/2019
Uncertainty in the stock market has been a concern expressed by 457 participants, according to ICMA-RC retirement plans specialist Shantel Washington. She is available to discuss your investments ... (Learn more)

Get your flu shot & take these precautions to prevent spread of virus :

10/16/2019
Early fall is the time when flu activity generally starts. It’s important to begin taking the following steps to protect yourself, coworkers, and loved ones from catching the virus, which can be life-... (Read more)

GO PINK on Fridays & Support Breast Cancer Awareness in Oct. :

10/3/2019
The entire month of OCTOBER is National Breast Cancer Awareness month so Kent County employees are encouraged to wear a GO PINK! T-shirt or any pink shirt every Friday during the month! On Friday, Oc... (Read more)

Now is the TIME to Prime Yourself for a Healthy Autumn! :

9/11/2019
The days are getting shorter, darker, and, depending on where you live, the air is getting chillier and drier—all conditions that can affect your health in a number of ways. Check out these easy tips ... (Read more)

Want a Call/Text when WEATHER impacts County operations? :

9/6/2019
Hurricane season is in full swing and a major storm could have an impact on County operations. And winter weather will be upon us soon thereafter. Did you get a robocall or text last winter when a sno... (Read more)

Please Welcome our NEW Personnel Office Staff Members! :

9/6/2019
After a turbulent summer, the Personnel Office is back up to full staff and if you have not had the opportunity to interact with us recently, please welcome them when you do.... (Read more)

Ergonomics is more than a SORE BACK for office workers! :

8/23/2019
Good ergonomics is important for all employees, not just those confined to an office. Public Safety, Public Works, Community Services, and all other departments within Kent County should practice good... (Read more)

Start Deferring a Small Amount NOW for a SIZEABLE Retirement! :

8/12/2019
Many employees think it’s impossible to start saving because of bills and debt. But it is important to save for the future, even though life often gets in the way. So why not start with an affordable ... (Read more)

Losing Steam at Work? Tips on How to Stay Productive ALL Day :

8/7/2019
If you’re regularly reaching for more caffeinated beverages during the workday, or feeling overwhelmed and unmotivated, it may be time to evaluate—and maybe fix—the way you use your time and learn whe... (Read more)

FREE Aetna Guidebook offers Opioid Misuse Recovery Support :

7/31/2019
Opioid misuse is a widespread problem which affects not only those who use, but also their friends, family and loved ones. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2017, more than 47,000 ... (Read more)

457 participants can KEEP funds in County's deferred comp plan :

7/19/2019
Kent County’s Deferred Compensation (457) Plan Administrator (ICMA-RC) regularly receives telephone calls from participants asking if they are required to move their funds out of their 457 Plan once t... (Read more)

Take Advantage of FREE online Will Preparation from SunLife :

7/16/2019
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 beginning of Kent County's New Fiscal Year! :

7/3/2019
Happy New Year! Fiscal Year 2020 started July 1, 2019, which means the new Kent County budget is in effect. The new financial plan adopted by Levy Court in early May looks a little bit different tha... (Read more)

After Action Report confirms 04/10 Active Shooter Drill Successful! :

6/4/2019
The After Action Report resulting from the April 10 Active Shooter/Hostile Intruder exercise at the Kent County Administrative Complex confirmed initial findings that it was successful and drill objec... (Read more)

Please READ the Delaware Sexual Harassment NOTICE :

5/31/2019
State law requires that all employees receive a Delaware Sexual Harassment Notice before July 1, 2019. Kent County Levy Court policy prohibits sexual harassment and employees should report such conduc... (Read more)

Diversity & Inclusion Study finalized by IVY with Strategic Plan :

5/15/2019
The 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Study has been finalized by IVY Planning Solutions LLC of Bethesda, Maryland and Levy Court has instructed staff to begin strategic plan implementation by developing a s... (Read more)

FY2020 Aetna/DVHT Summary of Benefits & Coverage - HIGH plan PPO 100%/80% (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020)

 

FY2020 Aetna/DVHT Summary of Benefits & Coverage - Medicare Supplement PPO $0 plan (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020)

 

FY2020 Aetna/DVHT Summary of Benefits & Coverage - LOW plan PPO 90%/70% (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020)

 

Aetna HRA explanation to Providers*

 

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

 

DVHT - 2019 Wellness Program Incentives & Reimbursements instructions

 

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

 

 

**Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Plan & Assessment Report (IVY)**

 

**Diversity & Inclusion Study Overview presentation to Levy Court - 05/07/19**

 

 

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

Aetna/DVHT Plan Documents - HIGH plan PPO 100%/80% FY2019

 

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

Aetna/DVHT Plan Documents - Medicare Supplement PPO $0 FY2019

 

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

 

Delaware Sexual Harassment NOTICE

 

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) 

 

2018 Annual Medicare & Prescription Drug Coverage Notice 

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

 

Delta Dental Benefits Coverage & Form 

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

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected SHIRLEY E. THOMS from the Department of Finance - Assessment Office as the October 2019 Employee of the Month.

 

Shirley started with Kent County in April 2006 as a Permit Technician and later transferred to the Planning Office and then ultimately to the Assessment Office in November 2012 where she currently serves as an Assessor II. Her primary duties include inspecting properties in the field to measure structures and collect data used in real estate assessment; researching parcel permitting and construction history and sales of real estate; and maintaining computerized property improvements for her assigned territory. Shirley is a State licensed Certified Assessor and was previously recognized as Employee of the Month in July 2009.

 

Shirley’s experience in the building permits and planning offices has proven helpful with routine property assessment tasks, but her research skills have benefitted her work product the most. She is routinely praised by property owners for effectively explaining the complex assessment process in Delaware and for her pleasant demeanor. On several occasions Shirley has designed creative exhibits to honor veterans, Kent County history, and special events in the Administrative Complex display case. 

 

According to Finance Director Susan Durham, “Shirley has become a highly skilled property assessor for the County and willingly shares her knowledge with co-workers and constituents.  She is very dedicated to Kent County and can be counted on to help out whenever needed.”

 

Congratulations Shirley on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected VANESSA A. MARTIN from the Office of the Kent County Recorder of Deeds as the September 2019 Employee of the Month.

 

Vanessa started with Kent County in September 2013 as a Permit Technician and later transferred to the Deeds Office in January 2017 were she currently serves as a Deed Clerk II. Her primary duties include verifying documents as to their accuracy prior to recording, cash receipting, assisting customers with research questions, and imaging recorded documents.

 

Her experience in the building permits office has proven to be very helpful to the office, and she has willingly shared her knowledge with co-workers. Supervisors praise Vanessa for her positive attitude and motivation to learn all about the history and importance of the recording process. She has excellent customer service skills and is always looking for the next challenge. 

 

According to Kent County Recorder of Deeds Betty Lou McKenna, “Vanessa always exhibits enthusiasm with a positive attitude.  She is courteous, friendly and extremely helpful when constituents come to the deeds office for information as well as for recording documents.  Vanessa is very dedicated to her job as well as Kent County in general.  She is an exemplary employee.”

 

Congratulations Vanessa on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected KENNETH A. ANDERSON Sr. from the Office of the Kent County Sheriff as the August 2019 Employee of the Month.

 

Ken started with the Sheriff’s Office in June 2017 and his primary duties include service of court-ordered subpoenas, maintaining records of service, conducting property inventory for scheduled sales, and assisting in the sale of property by the Sheriff.

 

Ken is a former Delaware State Police officer and previously worked as a uniform patrol officer at Troop 3, Auto Theft Detective for Kent and Sussex Counties, and Property Crimes Detective at Troop 3 until retiring in 2016 after 27 years

 

He is highly regarded for his professionalism and demeanor. His prior experience as a DSP Field Training Officer has proven especially helpful with the training and orientation of a new deputy sheriff in the Office.   

 

According to Sheriff Lewis, “Ken is well organized and well suited for this new training assignment. He is always willing to share new ideas and is a big part of the daily office operations. It is a pleasure to have Ken as a part of the TEAM in the Kent County Sheriff’s Office. He is well deserving of the this high honor”

 

 Congratulations Ken on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected MICHAEL A. FESTI from the Department of Planning Services as the July 2019 Employee of the Month.

 

Michael started with Kent County in March 2017 and serves as a Permit Technician I in the Inspections & Enforcement Office. He is primarily responsible for explaining zoning and related ordinances to the general public and building contractors; applying related ordinances to the process of obtaining a building or other permit for contractors and the general public; reviewing building permit applications for completeness and approval; and conducting research of property ownership records, zoning violations, and demographic trends.

 

A new co-worker recently praised Michael for his helpful instructive nature and willingness to respond to numerous questions about permitting procedures and processes. His positive demeanor and work ethic is greatly admired by customers and staff.

 

            According to Planning Services Director Sarah Keifer, Michael is “exceptionally helpful to internal and external customers.  He has worked closely with new inspectors to help them understand the County’s permitting process. During his relatively short tenure, he has already achieved an unexpected level of expertise.”

 

Congratulations Michael on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected MICHAEL J. BISHOP from the Department of Public Safety as the June 2019 Employee of the Month.

 

Mike started with Kent County in October 1991 and serves as an EMS Field Supervisor in the Division of Emergency Medical Services. His primary duties include supervising and coordinating paramedics stationed county-wide during his shift in addition to responding to medical emergencies to provide advanced emergency care procedures to patients. Mike assumed his supervisory post in 2011 and has evolved into an invaluable member of the management team and a highly respected paramedic that others strive to emulate. He was previously honored in 2006 as a Paramedic II/Field Training Officer.

 

Mike is described as “an extremely competent medic as well as a well likeable and caring supervisor.”  He has excellent writing and organizational skills and is often tasked with developing new protocols and processes. In addition, Mike troubleshoots all of the Departmental vehicles and is responsible for all of the pharmaceutical rotations and elimination of expired drugs. 

 

According to Director of Public Safety Chief Colin Faulkner, “Mike goes above and beyond every workday. The 9-1-1 Dispatchers greatly appreciate his information sharing and coordination, so they can anticipate which individual paramedic will likely respond to a particular call.  It is a great example of internal customer service. He also has a keen ability to sense and resolve issues in the platoon before they evolve into something more.”

 

Congratulations Mike on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected MICHAEL S. RIGBY from the Department of Community Services as the May 2019 Employee of the Month.

 

Mike serves as Assistant Director of Community Services – Parks & Recreation Division and has worked for Kent County since January 1995.  He is responsible for managing the development and maintenance of the County’s five parks as well as ensuring that a comprehensive program of recreational activities are offered to the public.

 

Mike was originally hired more than 20 years ago as a Parks Maintenance Foreman and was promoted to his current Assistant Director position in 2016. Since then, he has worked tirelessly to forge complementary relationships between parks and recreation staffs and the community as a whole. In addition to his numerous duties as Assistant Director, Mike plays a vital oversight role in the construction of numerous park improvements, oversees facility management for the Recreation Center Complex, and processes facility rental requests. He was previously honored as Employee of the Month in July 1997.

 

According to Community Services Director Jeremy Sheppard, “Mike is an exceptionally versatile and loyal County employee. He is constantly looking to make Kent County Parks and Recreation better. He takes a tremendous amount of personal pride in our facilities and programs.”

 

Congratulations Mike on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected MARGO ORLANDO from the Kent County Sheriff’s Office as the April 2019 Employee of the Month.

 

She started with Kent County in September 2008 and serves as Secretary in the Sheriff’s Office. Her primary duties include processing court documents and related paperwork; answering incoming telephone calls; assisting with Sheriff Sales; and numerous other clerical duties. Prior to transferring to the Sheriff’s Office in 2015, she worked in the Personnel Office and in the Register of Wills Office.

 

Current and previous supervisors report that Margo always exhibits enthusiasm and a positive attitude, making her a first-rate example of Kent County Levy Court’s commitment to excellent customer service.  She is an exemplary employee, performing her duties in a timely fashion and always willing to assist others.  In keeping with her spirit of service, Margo teaches classes for children at her local church and has been a member of the Clayton Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary for years.

 

According to Kent County Sheriff Brian Lewis, “Margo makes everyone in the office feel at home and welcomed, whether it is visitors to the office or coworkers.  She is always pleasant, a pleasure to be around and her spirit is delightful.  She is a great asset to this department!”

 

Congratulations Margo on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected DANE R. STROSNIDER Jr. from the Department of Administration as the March 2019 Employee of the Month.

 

Dane started with Kent County in October 2016 and serves as a Computer Support Technician I in the Information Technology Office. His primary duties include troubleshooting computer hardware, software, and/or network connectivity issues; 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.

 

Since his first day, Dane has consistently demonstrated his ability to overcome difficult technology challenges. His first such task was to retrieve video content from an unfamiliar system. He thoroughly researched the software program and ultimately was able to capture the surveillance video needed by authorities investigating theft of County property. And while he is kept very busy answering Helpdesk calls from County staff, Dane is also responsible for managing toner inventory which he has optimized with automated forms featuring month-end balances. In addition, he is currently working on a project to convert numerous paper forms used by County staff into electronic templates.

 

According to Information Technology Director Kim Crouch, “Dane is friendly and quick to respond to Helpdesk calls. His enthusiasm for challenges and ever expanding knowledge of County software systems makes him an extremely valuable resource for the I.T. team.”

 

Congratulations Dane on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected JILL A. JOHNS from the Department of Planning Services as the February 2019 Employee of the Month.

 

Jill first started with Kent County in 1995 and presently serves as the Administrative Secretary for the Department of Planning Services.  Her primary duties include supervision of clerical staff, preparation of general correspondence as well payroll, coordination of the professional certification and renewal process for inspections staff, and verification of vendor invoices. She was promoted to her current position in July 2004 after serving as Senior Secretary in the Inspections & Enforcement Division and a Personnel Technician II in the Personnel Office.

 

Jill was previously recognized as Employee of the Year in 2004, and has continued to exceed expectations year after year and more recently took on additional responsibilities due to staff downsizing.  Her positive attitude and outstanding customer service skills serve as a model for all County employees and consistently earn her high praise from the public.

 

According to Planning Services Director Sarah Keifer, “Jill is the best of the best. The entire staff relies upon her to keep the department in sync. The task is untenable, but she handles it with confidence and enthusiasm.  We are so fortunate to have her on our team.”

 

Congratulations Jill on a job well done!

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Kent County Department Heads have selected COLBY G. HARRINGTON from the Department of Public Works as the January 2019 Employee of the Month.

 

Colby has been a Kent County employee since February 2012 and serves as Maintenance Foreman for the Collection & Transmission System for the Regional Resource Recovery Facility. His primary duties include prioritization, scheduling and assignment of personnel responsible for maintenance activities for the sewage collection and transmission system.

 

As foreman, Colby makes decisions regarding sewage overflows or backups on weekends and at all hours of the night.  He has earned a reputation with sewer customers for his quick and empathetic response to what is more often than not a very unpleasant situation.  A highly capable supervisor, Colby is often called upon to oversee large rehabilitation projects at major pumping stations and the treatment plant itself.  A recent example of his success was the $950,000 emergency south basin liner replacement project that required tremendous coordination of multiple contractors and staffing resources.  

 

According to Director of Public Works Diana Golt, “Colby is dedicated to Kent County and can be depended upon to take charge to get daily and emergency jobs done.  His experience and dedication are great assets that benefit the County every day.  He is truly deserving of recognition as Employee of the Month.”

 

Congratulations Colby on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected PATRICIA A. (TRISH) BROWN from the Clerk of the Peace Office as the December 2018 Employee of the Month.

 

Trish has been a Kent County employee since January 2017 and serves as the Deputy Clerk of the Peace. Her primary duties include assisting the elected official with office operations, collecting and verifying information required to issue marriage licenses, officiating marriage ceremonies, preparation of Levy Court meeting minutes and publication of hearing notices and ordinances, collecting/depositing applicable fees and electronically filing marriage records, and staff supervision duties. 

 

Trish previously worked more than 19 years as a Judicial Case Manager for the Court of Common Pleas and developed a strong commitment to customer service while there. That experience has proven invaluable in this highly public office and earned her many comments about her pleasant and friendly attitude. She is regularly praised by couples for her helpfulness during the marriage license application process and for going above and beyond when helping customers by telephone.

 

According to Clerk of the Peace Brenda Wooten, “Trish is dedicated to Kent County and can be depended upon to perform marriage ceremonies, take Levy Court business meeting minutes, and oversee the day-to-day operations in my absence.  She is a joy to work with and always goes the extra mile to see that all tasks are done to perfection. She is truly deserving of recognition as Employee of the Month.”

 

Congratulations Trish on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected MICHELE A. LAPINSKI from the Department of Community Services as the November 2018 Employee of the Month.

 

Michele has been a Kent County employee since July 1989 and currently serves as a Library Technician II in the Division of Libraries. Her primary duties include assisting library patrons with book and material selection, cataloging and processing library materials, and assisting visitors with the public computers and Internet access.  

 

Michele previously served as an Account Specialist in the Parks & Recreation Department, before transferring to the Libraries Division in 2015, and was a long time Employee Council member serving as Secretary for the group for many years. Since then she has become very involved in programming activities and providing leadership to unique elements of the reading community – such as anime and music.  She is passionate about reading and that is reflect in the outstanding effort she invests in every program.

 

According to Community Services Director Jeremy Sheppard, “Michele takes advantage of her personal passions of music and art to create new and successful programs at the Kent County Public Library. Michele is a thoughtful and dedicated long time employee of Kent County.”

 

Congratulations Michele on a job well done!

  

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Kent County Employee Council selected and Kent County Levy Court has honored LARRY T. RIDDICK from the Department of Administration as the 2018 Employee of the Year!

 

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!

 

 

 

Allan Kujala - Personnel Director    (IPMA-SCP, CLRP, CGBA)             
E-mail: 
 allan.kujala@co.kent.de.us
(302) 744-2310
Cathleen McLean - Payroll Administrator   (payroll & workers compensation) 
E-mail: 
 cathleen.mclean@co.kent.de.us
(302) 744-2387

Alisa Stafford - Personnel Technician I   (applicant services) 
E-mail: 
alisa.stafford@co.kent.de.us
(302) 744-2310

Paula McPhail - Personnel Technician I   (benefits & insurances)

E-mail:  paula.mcphail@co.kent.de.us
(302) 744-2312

 

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

 

IN MEMORIAM

Personnel Technician Evelyn Jopp

1947-2019

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