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

555 Bay Road, Dover, DE 19901

(302) 744-2310 / Fax: (302) 736-2262

personnel@co.kent.de.us

 

Office Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm Mon.-Fri. 

 

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Property Tax bills often generate QUESTIONS for County staff:
8/16/2022
Property tax bills are mailed out in early August each year and taxes are due on September 30. Invariably, Kent County employees are asked by relatives, neighbors, and/or strangers why their “County ... (Read more)

Public Health provides update on COVID & Monkeybox spread:
8/4/2022
According to the Delaware Division of Public Health, COVID-19 cases are in flux right now in Delaware. Please keep an eye on case numbers and the COVID-19 community levels as DPH does think there may... (Learn more)

Take more NATURE BREAKS for better Health + FREE webinar:
7/27/2022
If your go-to break when you’ve finished a work or home task is to scroll through your phone or flip on the TV, trade it for stepping outside. Developing the “nature break habit” has many proven bene... (Learn more)

BE SAFE THIS SUMMER! 5 ways to be safe in the SUN:
7/27/2022
With summer now in full swing, it’s the perfect time to head outdoors and enjoy the sunny weather, but are you properly protecting yourself from potential risks? What is UV Radiation? Ultraviolet (U... (Learn more)

FREE at-Home COVID-19 Antigen Test Available to Employees:
7/21/2022
Remember the COVID-19 pandemic is not over! Employees can stop by the Personnel Office and pick up a FREE at-Home COVID19 Antigen Rapid test. Yes - the test expiration date on the box says July 202... (Read more)

Earn $150 - Sign up for onsite BIOMETRIC SCREENING on Oct. 14:
7/13/2022
Mark your calendars for Friday, October 14, 2022 for the Annual FREE On-site Biometric Screening. The biometric screening will qualify for a $150 wellness benefit from Delaware Valley Health Trust – K... (Learn more)

I.T. staff STARTS County web domain/email/Office 365 upgrades:
7/12/2022
What to know about the changes being scheduled for July 13 - Aug 5. Domain Change from co.kent.de.us to KentCountyDE.gov starting now with email accounts being set up so employees receive emails ... (Read more)

Learn how to REDUCE RISK of HEAT STRESS in the Workplace:
7/5/2022
We hear it in the news every day: As the Earth’s climate has warmed, hotter-than-usual days and nights are becoming more common all over the world. April 2022 was the third-hottest month that India ha... (Learn more)

Happy NEW YEAR!!!! Fiscal Year 2023 budget effective July 1:
7/1/2022
Happy New Year! Fiscal Year 2023 started July 1, 2022, which means the new Kent County budget is in effect. Due to the new fiscal year and the Independence Day holiday on Monday, July 4, employees w... (Read more)

FY2023 pay rates to INCREASE pension contribution & premiums :
6/30/2022
As part of the Fiscal Year 2023 budget adoption process earlier this year, Levy Court approved a 4% cost of living adjustment and continuation of pay range progression with a full step increase for el... (Read more)

SAVE YOUR BACK - Learn to lift & carry safety to avoid pain!:
6/21/2022
Lifting and carrying are power jobs that require special care and training to prevent back injuries. Back injuries are a reality that almost all workers face to some degree, whether you work in constr... (Learn more)

Useful Tips to STAY OUT of the Emergency Room this summer!:
6/21/2022
When you’re in the moment of enjoying the great outdoors, it’s easy to overlook common safety hazards. Here are a few precautions to keep in mind: Avoid overheating! In high temperatures, anyone can... (Learn more)

"Official" JUNETEENTH holiday observed June 20 for first time:
6/13/2022
Most employees will observe Juneteenth as an official Kent County holiday for the first time on Monday, June 20, 2022. Levy Court Commissioners formally added the newest holiday to the Personnel Ordi... (Read more)

DRESS FOR SUMMER with eye toward work attire guidelines:
6/9/2022
With the advent of summer, annual heat waves with 90-100 degree temperatures have begun, so many Kent County employees may be adjusting their work wardrobe as temperatures soar - but don’t go too far.... (Read more)

Retirement Planning LUNCH & LEARN Webinars on June 22 & 29:
6/3/2022
Your Kent County 457b Retirement Plans Specialist, Shantel Washington, is hosting financial Lunch-n-Learn webinars that can help you prepare for retirement. Your 457 Deferred Compensation Plan Wedne... (Read more)

Earn cash with Wellness EDUCATION webinars this quarter:
6/3/2022
The month of June is all about the fellas because it’s the official Men’s Health Month. Looking for ways to support the cause? See this list of easy things you can do to get involved. 1. Spread the Wo... (Learn more)

EAP CAN HELP cope with recent school shooting tragedy:
5/26/2022
The recent mass shootings and horrifying loss of life in Texas and New York have deeply affected us as individuals, within our families and communities, and throughout our country. The Trusts and our ... (Learn more)

TIPS for ENERGY BOOSTERS rather than Energy Drainers:
5/26/2022
Managing your energy can help you lead a more satisfying life. The goal of energy management is to focus on energy-boosting activities that help you feel good, motivated and ready to go, while avoidi... (Learn more)

Open ENROLLMENT continues for AFLAC, Term & Whole Life:
5/24/2022
While open enrollment has concluded for FSA, and health & dental insurance coverages, except for a qualifying event, active full-time employees still have time to add, drop, or make changes to AFLAC, ... (Read more)

Can you $URVIVE RETIREMENT? Review your Pension Statement:
5/18/2022
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)

Learn more about FINANCIAL WELLNESS at May 20 meeting:
5/9/2022
Want to learn more about how to manage your money for a better future? A PNC WorkPlace Banking consultant will be presenting information on FRIDAY, May 20, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. and will remain available ... (Learn more)

County e-mail addresses will soon CHANGE to kentcountyde.gov:
5/9/2022
Kent County email addresses will soon be moving to a new address as part of a wide-ranging initiative to modernize our IT infrastructure by transitioning our domain name to kentcountyde.gov. The Count... (Learn more)

Stay VIGILANT. COVID-19 & its Variants Continue to Spread :
5/5/2022
The COVID-19 pandemic is not over yet! Employees should continue to heed the lessons learned from the past two years. New variants of COVID-19 are spreading rapidly and more people, including Kent Cou... (Read more)

Levy Court adopts FY2023 budget with 4% COLA plus 2% step:
5/2/2022
Levy Court Commissioners adopted the Fiscal Year 2023 budget following a public hearing on April 26, 2022 concluding an annual process that begins each September with departmental budget request submi... (Read more)

Dental & other benefit insurers/rates approved: ENROLL May 2-13:
4/29/2022
After a Request for Proposals solicitation, Levy Court has approved insurers and coverage levels for several Employee Insurances (except health) for Fiscal Year 2023 and beyond. Commissioners unan... (Read more)

The best RX for BETTER HEALTH...is to counter STRESS!:
4/26/2022
Living in a time of a global conflict and a lingering pandemic have increased uncertainty, adding to our personal stress which, in turn, can build up and harm our health in countless ways. Chronic str... (Learn more)

TIP: Healthy Lifestyle Factors can EXTEND LIFE Expectancy:
4/26/2022
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact public health policy for years to come. The devastating loss of life due to virus-related medical complications, over 780,000 Americans at the time this... (Learn more)

Health ins. COST SHARE approved; Open enrollment May 2-13:
4/13/2022
Levy Court has decided to once again renew County health insurance coverage with Delaware Valley Health Trust/Aetna and retain the current 7%/20% cost share for employee/dependent health insurance for... (Read more)

NEW members join Employee Council & ELECT 2022-23 Officers:
4/8/2022
Employee Council recently selected its leadership for the upcoming year following the February election. The members re-elected KRIS CONNELLY, Asst. Director of Planning Services, as President; AN... (Read more)

Online Cyber Security AWARENESS TRAINING required by June 30:
4/1/2022
Hackers and international conflict have made computer security awareness a high priority in every organization including the public sector. Employees play an important role in keeping Kent County’s in... (Read more)

PROTECT your PC! Cyber Security AWARENESS Training 03/17 & 24 :
3/15/2022
Free training available to Kent County employees focuses on the human element of protecting information. It will help users recognize and reduce the risk of a cybersecurity breach. A Zoom link with in... (Learn more)

GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP? It's the best tonic for your well-being:
3/10/2022
Sleeping too little, too much, or barely at all? Sleep problems have surged thanks to pandemic-related factors like disrupted routines, too much screen time, and dissolving boundaries between work and... (Learn more)

Annual Performance EVALUATION process kicks off in March:
3/10/2022
While supervisors should continuously provide performance feedback to individual staff members, it’s that time of the year when managers review the Guide to Achievement, Understanding, Growth, and Exc... (Read more)

Learn about WELLNESS INCENTIVES offered to DVHT enrollees :
3/2/2022
Get to know the many value-added wellness benefits provided by Delaware Valley Health Trust to improve wellbeing while earning cash incentives! An ideal session for new hires! Virtual - May 12 from 4-... (Learn more)

CVS offers DVHT enrollees COVID-19 test kits - online/pick up :
2/28/2022
Effective February 17, 2022, CVS Pharmacy now offers Aetna members who are enrolled in an Aetna Rx plan two options to obtain COVID-19 Over-the Counter (OTC) tests through CVS Pharmacies with no upfro... (Learn more)

County launches RAVE safety alert APP for employees & location:
2/25/2022
Kent County Levy Court employees now have access to a new tool to use in case of an emergency in the work place. Rave Panic Button is a product that allows employees to contact 9-1-1 and notify enroll... (Learn more)

RESULTS ARE IN - 3 new members elected to Employee Council:
2/17/2022
After a number of years with uncontested elections, four individuals filed for the three available positions on Kent County Employee Council by the January 27 deadline. Electronic ballots were due by ... (Read more)

TEAM UP with your Doctor in FEBRUARY for HEART health!:
2/17/2022
The heart is the most important organ in the body. Keeping your heart healthy can also help you maintain the health of the rest of your body, as many chronic conditions stem from issues that affect t... (Learn more)

Deferred Compensation (457b) FUND LINEUP changing March 11:
2/14/2022
Effective March 11, 2022, there will be a new Funds Lineup for the County’s $9.2 million employee funded deferred compensation (457) plan through MissionSquare Retirement, formerly ICMA Retirement Cor... (Learn more)

Gov. Carney & Kent County END mask MANDATE effective Feb. 11:
2/9/2022
Delaware Governor John Carney has lifted the universal indoor MASK MANDATE effective February 11, 2022 and Kent County will follow suit with certain conditions for employees exposed to or testing posi... (Read more)

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