LEXINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

BENEFITS INFORMATION

 

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department provides law enforcement services for the unincorporated areas of Lexington County, South Carolina.  The department currently has over 500 full and part time enforcement, corrections, and civilian employees. The department’s detention center is responsible for the safety and security of over 700 inmates on a daily basis. The following is some information about the department that you might find beneficial:

 

 

STARTING SALARIES

PATROL DEPUTY     $39,474

CORRECTIONAL OFFICER    $36,891

The Sheriff can increase the starting salaries for those individuals with higher qualifications (certified officers, college degree, prior work experience, etc.)

 

 

COLLATERAL DUTY PAY

Employees receive collateral duty pay, in the form of quarterly-paid supplements, for serving in specialized assignments over and above their regular, paid assigned job duties.

 

 

EXTRA DUTY OPPORTUNITIES

Law enforcement officers (patrol deputies and other class 1 certified officers) have the opportunity to volunteer for various extra-duty jobs to earn extra income working for secondary employers.

 

 

EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVE PAY

Employees receive educational incentive pay for completing degrees in pre-approved courses of study at approved accredited institutions.

 

WORK SCHEDULES

Patrol Deputies and Correctional Officers work the following schedule:

12 hour shifts – 6am-6pm or 6pm-6am

2 days on, 2 days off; 3 days on, 2 days off; 2 days on, 3 days off; (this cycle then repeats).

Correctional Officers work a permanent shift (days or nights).

Patrol Deputies rotate between dayshift and nightshift every 28 days.

 

 

ANNUAL LEAVE AND SICK LEAVE

Annual leave is accrued at the rate of 10 days per year for employees with less than five years of service with the county; 15 days for 5-10 years of service; and 20 days for 10 or more years of service. Sick leave is accrued at 12 days per year.

 

 

HEALTH INSURANCE

The Sheriff’s Department provides medical insurance for its employees through a county funded Employee Health Care Plan. There are multiple coverage plans available for the employee to choose from, depending on his/her personal coverage needs.  Basic coverage is provided at a minimal cost to the employee. Employees who wish to cover members of their family may do so through payroll deductions. Actual rate within the range is determined on which coverage plan is chosen and how many children are being covered.

 

The following semi-monthly rates apply:

Employee Only                          $35.00 – $88.50

Employee and Child(ren)        $62.00 – $257.50

Employee and Spouse              $135.50 – $242.00

Employee and Family              $162.00 – $410.50

 

 

EMPLOYEE WELLNESS CENTER

The County of Lexington provides a Wellness Center for its employees and their dependents who are covered under County Health Insurance. The staff of the Health and Wellness Center is licensed to diagnose, treat, and prescribe for a wide variety of common illness and injuries at no cost to the employee and their covered dependents.  Check out Marathon Health at www1.marathon-health.com.

 

 

DENTAL INSURANCE

The Sheriff’s Department provides dental insurance for its employees through the county’s plan.  There are two coverage plans from which the employee can choose, depending on his/her personal coverage needs.  Basic coverage is provided at a minimal cost to the employee. Employees who wish to cover members of their family may do so through payroll deductions. Actual rate within the range is determined on which coverage plan is chosen and how many children are being covered.

 

The following semi-monthly rates apply:

Employee Only                          $3.11 – $3.58

Employee and Child(ren)        $8.52 – $31.98

Employee and Spouse              $9.28 – $10.67

Employee and Family              $14.69 – $35.57

 

 

VISION INSURANCE

The Sheriff’s Department provides vision insurance for its employees through the county’s plan.  Basic coverage is provided at a minimal cost to the employee. Employees who wish to cover members of their family may do so through payroll deductions.

 

The following semi-monthly rates apply:

Employee Only                           $3.75

Employee and Child(ren)         $7.75

Employee and Spouse               $7.60

Employee and Family               $11.80

 

LIFE INSURANCE

The Sheriff’s Department provides life insurance for its employees. Basic coverage is provided at no cost to the employee. Additional coverage on the employee or his or her dependents is available and can be paid for through payroll deduction.

 

 

RETIREMENT

All full time employees of the county participate in the South Carolina Retirement System or the South Carolina Police Officer’s Retirement System.

 

 

DEFERRED COMPENSATION

Employees are eligible to participate in the South Carolina Public Employees Deferred Compensation Plan, 401K or 457. The amount deposited is determined by the employee and participation is optional. This is a tax-deferred savings program and is handled automatically by payroll deduction.

 

 

WORKER’S COMPENSATION

The Sheriff’s Department operates under and is subject to the Workers’ Compensation Act of South Carolina.

 

 

OVERTIME

Employees who are eligible for overtime are paid overtime at the rate of one and one-half (1½) times his or her regular rate of pay for time worked. Overtime will be calculated at any hours worked over eighty-six (86) in a two week pay period for non-exempt, sworn personnel.  Non-sworn, non-exempt employees scheduled for eighty (80) hours in a two week pay period, will be paid overtime for any hours worked over 40 in one week.

  

 

CREDIT UNION MEMBERSHIP

Employees are eligible for membership in an employee credit union. Membership enables employees to deposit savings or handle loan payments through payroll deduction. There are other programs available through the credit union.

 

 

DIRECT DEPOSIT

Employees are paid by a bi-weekly direct payroll deposit system. Checks can be deposited to any financial institution covered by the Federal Reserve. Employees will receive a pay statement indicating gross pay, net pay, and deductions.

 

 

MONTGOMERY GI BILL

Veterans may qualify to use their GI Bill education benefits while working and receiving on-the-job training at the Sheriff’s Department.

 

 

GYM MEMBERSHIP

Gym memberships are available to all employees at a highly discounted rate to the employee, made possible through the efforts of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation.

 

 

VEHICLES

At the discretion of the Sheriff, employees in designated positions are authorized to be assigned a department vehicle on a twenty-four-hour, seven day-a-week basis. Take-home vehicles are only available to personnel living in Lexington County or living in one of the adjacent/bordering counties of Aiken, Calhoun, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, or Saluda.

 

 

EQUIPMENT

Department personnel receive the equipment (uniforms, firearms, etc.) that is necessary for the position for which they are hired.

 

 

COLLEGE TUITION DISCOUNT

Employees may be eligible for law enforcement tuition discounts at various institutions.

 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP

The department pays for membership in the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers’ Association for all law enforcement and corrections officers.  Membership in SCLEOA entitles the member to a list of member benefits.  For more information, see SCLEOA’s website at scleoa.org.