Benefits Information


Employee Benefits

Adams County provides a comprehensive benefits package to all regular employees. The following is a brief summary of available benefits offered to county employees. Benefits are subject to change and may differ according to collective bargaining agreements. Plan documents and eligibility requirements are provided upon hire. This information is subject to change at any time.

Health Care Benefits: 
Adams County provides medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage for all regular full-time employees enrolled in the County’s standard plans. Regular part-time employees are eligible for a pro-rated County premium contribution.

Adams County provides medical benefits through the Washington State’s Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB). Plan availability is based on employee county of residence. Each year the County determines new premium contribution rates. Employees have vision coverage through their medical plan.

Dental Plans are provided through the Washington State’s Public Employees Benefit Board (PEBB). Employees have the opportunity to choose between two plans, Delta Dental (Group 3100) or Willamette Dental (group WA82).

Life Insurance
Adams County provides each regular employee with a basic, $10,000 term life insurance plan and $10,000 accidential death and dismemberment (AD&D) coverage through Symetra Life Insurance Company, as well as a $35,000 term life insurance plan and $5,000 accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) coverage through Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, at no cost to the employee. Additional supplemental life insurance and AD&D insurance is available for purchase. 

Dependent Coverage
Eligible dependents may be added to all coverage listed above.

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      Current Employees
      New Employees

 Pension Plans:


Eligible Adams County employees participate in the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems’ pension plans (PERS, PSERS, or LEOFF). With the exception of PERS plan 3, each plan is a “defined benefit” plan, meaning that your retirement benefits are based on your average compensation and earned service credits. PERS plan 3 is a hybrid plan incorporating both a “defined benefit” and a “defined contribution” element. All plans are funded by both employer and employee contributions.

 Holiday and Leave Programs:

Paid Leave

Adams County offers paid leave in the form of annual leave and sick leave. Accrual rate varies depending on employee’s work schedule. Annual leave is accrued monthly and can be utilized after one year of continuous service. Sick leave is accrued monthly and utilization varies depending on employee's work schedule.

Observed Holidays
Ten paid holidays are observed by Adams County. Employees may be eligible to use floating holidays each calendar year, depending on hire date

Additional Benefits:

Long Term Disability

Adams County’s long-term disability plan provides a monthly benefit of 60% of the first $400.00 of your monthly base rate of earning, reduced by deductible income. Employees are also offered the opportunity to purchase additional insurance. 

Cafeteria Plan

Employees can take advantage of this Section 125 participating plan to pay for qualifying expenses, such as health insurance premiums, with pre-tax dollars.

Direct Deposit
Adams County is pleased to offer employees the convenience of payroll direct deposit.