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Allan Kujala, IPMA-CP, CLRP, CGBA - Director

555 Bay Road, Dover, DE 19901

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personnel@co.kent.de.us

 

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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)

Kent County receives Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus Award:
6/27/2018
The Kent County Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Medical Services was officially recognized at the Levy Court meeting on June 26, 2018, by the American Heart Association with a Missi... (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)

New FY2019 Insurance Cost Share Premiums Effective June 1:
5/31/2018
Paycheck amounts deposited on June 1 will be different for most County employees due to the adjusted health insurance cost share rates adopted by Levy Court in April. Employees with single coverage sh... (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)

Save your spot with a 457 Deferred Comp Advisor on July 31:
5/15/2018
With the new Fiscal Year and the annual pay raise it brings, now may be a good time to become educated about the importance of saving for the future. If you dream of retirement, what you do now c... (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)

Open Enrollment ends May 18-make your insurance changes ASAP:
5/11/2018
Open Enrollment (April 30-May 18, 2018) is the only time employees and eligible retirees can make changes to health and dental insurance coverages without a “qualifying event”. Any changes would be ef... (Read more)

Levy Court adopts FY2019 Budget with 2% COLA for Employees:
5/11/2018
Levy Court Commissioners adopted the Fiscal Year 2019 budget following a public hearing on May 8, 2018 concluding an annual process that begins each September with departmental budget request submissi... (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)

Don't put off wellness until July 1, DVHT looks back 90 days!:
4/26/2018
A major feature of the new Delaware Valley Health Trust (DVHT) health insurance program offered to Kent County employees and retirees beginning July 1, 2018 is the exceptional wellness benefits progra... (Read more)

Open Enrollment & DVHT (Aetna) Info Meetings Scheduled:
4/13/2018
Open enrollment is available for eligible Kent County employees, retirees, and former employees/dependents with COBRA benefits from April 30 – May 18, 2018. Open enrollment is the only time eligible ... (Read more)

Levy Court sets health/dental cost share rates for FY2019:
4/13/2018
On April 10, 2018 Levy Court formally selected three employee & retiree health insurance plan designs offered by Delaware Valley Health Trust (Aetna), which will replace current insurer - Highmark Blu... (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)

Be Safe! April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.:
4/5/2018
Distracted driving is a public health issue that affects us all. The latest statistics show motor vehicle fatalities are up 6% from 2015. More than 40,000 people were killed on our nation’s roadways l... (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)

Levy Court Prohibits Smoking near Building Entrances:
3/28/2018
Levy Court approved an amendment to the Smoking Policy (P-5-2) on March 27, 2018 which specifies that smoking at County owned facilities can only occur at the rear of the building away from public and... (Read more)

Annual Performance Evaluation Process Kicks Off in March!:
3/19/2018
It’s that time of the year when supervisors break out the G.A.U.G.E. system handbook and begin preparation for the annual employee performance appraisal (evaluation) process. The comprehensive per... (Read more)

Employee Council elects 2018-19 officers; welcomes new member!:
3/7/2018
The new term for Employee Council members got underway on March 1, 2018 following the uncontested February election and selected its leadership for the upcoming year. The group re-elected KRIS CON... (Read more)

Listen to that inner voice to avoid ethics violations! :
3/7/2018
By now, almost all Kent County employees should have had an opportunity to view the Workplace Ethics training video initiated in October 2017 and thereafter forwarded to the various work sites. Employ... (Read more)

Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training starts Feb 28!:
2/21/2018
Every day and everywhere it seems, more allegations of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct are surfacing - some occurring many, many years ago. It appears that many victims (and perhaps some o... (Read more)

Retirement Workshop offers insight on Pension plan & 457:
2/21/2018
Vested Kent County employees contemplating retirement in the next year or so recently attended a workshop offering step-by-step instructions on when to request pension benefits, how to estimate the be... (Read more)

No Election Required - 3 file for 3 Employee Council seats!:
2/13/2018
The annual Kent County Employee Council election has been cancelled since only three individuals filed for the three available positions in the organization by the January 26 deadline. Congratulation... (Read more)

Avoid a Pain in the Back with better lifting techniques!:
2/13/2018
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than one million workers experience back injuries each year. Approximately one fourth of all workers compensation indemnity claims are a result of bac... (Read more)

Levy Court recognizes 47 for Perfect Attendance in 2017:
1/30/2018
Levy Court recognized 47 employees at its meeting on January 30 for achieving perfect attendance during Calendar Year 2017 – Each employee receives an extra vacation day, certificate of appreciation, ... (Read more)

2017 W-2 & 1095-C forms will be distributed by Jan. 31:
1/18/2018
As required by law, the form W-2 will be hand distributed or mailed by the January 31, 2018 deadline. The 2017 1094-C form is expected to be mailed from Highmark about the same time and the employer ... (Read more)

New 2018 income tax withholding tables published:
1/18/2018
Congress delivered on 2016 campaign promises just in time for Christmas by amending the tax code, which among other things lowers the income tax withholding rates for 2018. The Treasury Department jus... (Read more)

Thinking about Retiring soon? Attend this Feb. 6 Workshop!:
1/11/2018
Thinking about retiring in 2018? If so, then you should consider attending a “Retirement Workshop” scheduled for Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 220 of the Kent County Administrative Co... (Read more)

Sign up by Feb. 9 for Defensive Driving classes on Feb. 13 & 15:
1/5/2018
How’s your driving? You can protect yourself, the County, and earn a 3 point MVR credit by participating in an annual defensive driving class in February. All employees are eligible to participate... (Read more)

File for 3 Employee Council positions before Jan. 29 deadline:
1/5/2018
Terms are expiring this year (2018) for three two-year Kent County Employee Council positions on the 7-member advisory group. The deadline to file for one of the expiring terms is Monday, January 29, ... (Read more)

Healthy Vending Machine can help keep New Year Resolution!:
12/29/2017
Your New Year’s resolution to “Eat better in 2018” just got a boost with the installation of a Healthy Snack vending machine in the lunch room on the second floor of the Kent County Administrative Com... (Read more)

Winter is here - Prepare now for snowy Weather!:
12/27/2017
Winter arrived December 21, so snowy weather will likely not be far behind. Prepare now for what may be numerous building closings or delayed openings. Kent County Levy Court Policy 4-2 embodies th... (Read more)

Employee Appreciation Luncheon earns High Praise!:
12/22/2017
The new & improved Employee Appreciation & Holiday Luncheon hosted at the Kent County Recreation Center on December 15 has received great reviews! Everyone seemed to have a great time at the event wh... (Read more)

Annual $1,500 dental benefit maximum resets January 1:
12/20/2017
Have you been putting off that much-needed visit to the dentist because you maxed out the annual benefit? Go ahead and schedule your appointment, the annual (calendar year) $1,500 maximum cost allowe... (Read more)

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