Employee Benefits

Summit County Government Employee Benefits Summary

This Benefit Summary is intended to be an overview of the County benefit programs available to regular full-time and regular part-time year-round employees. Benefits may be subject to eligibility requirements and are subject to change. 

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Summit County Government does not participate in Social Security. The County Retirement Income Security Program (CRISP) is Summit County’s Social Security replacement plan and a 401a program. The CRISP Social Security replacement plan is 100% Employer Funded.
Regular full-time and regular part-time Summit County Government employees are not subject to Social Security deductions. The County will make a contribution based on 13.45% of your base salary, 11.4% of which will be placed in a retirement account that allows for self-direction into your choice of many investment options. You can monitor and change your account by phone or on the CRISP website. The remaining contribution of 2.05% provides life insurance, long term disability coverage, and coverage for accidental death & dismemberment.

Period of Service % of Account Vested
Less than 6 months 0%
6 months up to 1 year 50%
1 year up to 2 years 67.5%
2 years up to 3 years 75%
3 years up to 4 years     87.5%
4 years and over 100%

Under certain situations, CRISP distributions are available at age 55 without penalty. 

Colorado Retirement Association (CRA) 401(a) 

All regular full-time and regular part-time Summit County Government employees participate in the Colorado Retirement Association (CRA) retirement program that starts on date of hire. The employee has a mandatory contribution of 3% of their base salary, which is matched by the County (3%). Contributions are pre-tax; taxes are due upon withdrawal. This retirement investment is also self-directed into your choice of a wide variety of funds. There is a five year vesting schedule that begins on the date of hire.

After Completion of: % of Account Vested
1 Year of Employment 20%
2 Years of Employment 40%
3 Years of Employment 60%
4 Years of Employment 80%
5 Years of Employment 100%

CRA 457(b)  Deferred Compensation Plan (Employer Funded) 

All regular full-time and regular part-time Summit County Government employees are enrolled in a Summit County Employer Funded CRA 457 deferred compensation plan of .6% that starts at date of hire. 

CRA 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan (Optional)

In addition to the previously mentioned retirement plans, there is a CRA 457 Deferred Compensation plan that is a voluntary supplemental retirement savings plan, which is available immediately. The employee decides how much to contribute (specific % or $ amount) and the contributions can be made pre-tax and/or after-tax (ROTH). Employee decides how to invest those contributions. The 2022 maximum limits are $20,500, Age 50 or better, $27,000.


The following guidelines apply to regular full-time and regular part-time Summit County Government employees following the completion of 30 days of service.

Comprehensive Medical/Dental/Vision Plan 

Health coverage is available through pre-tax deductions at single, 2-party and family rates. The Employee Benefit plan combines with an annual voluntary Wellness Reimbursement Account (WRA) to provide coverage for medical, dental and vision benefits, and prescriptions. Health coverage is also available for domestic partner and common law marriage relationships.

2024 Medical/Delta Dental/VSP Vision Premiums (per paycheck)  

Full-Time, Part-Time, Seasonal Full-Time Type Premium
Single $56.78
2-party $116.83
Family $186.09

  Tier 1 - Peak Health Network
Tier 2 - Aetna ASA Network
Annual Deductible (Single/Family) None $2,500 / $5,000
Coinsurance (Plan Pays/Member Pays)     80% / 20% 70% / 30% (after deductible is reached)
Annual Out-of-Pocket Max (Sing/Fam) $4,000 / $8,000 $8,000 / $10,000

Type Dental-only Premium (per paycheck) Vision-only Premium(per paycheck)
Single $15.73 $2.82
2-party $26.47 $4.63
Family $40.10 $7.45


Flexible Spending

The Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) are available to provide pre-tax deductions for medical and dependent-care services.  


Life Insurance 

  • Life insurance that totals 6x the employee's base annual wages up to $600,000
  • Dependent life for eligible dependents. 
  • Long Term Disability and Accidental Death & Dismemberment. 
Short/Long term disability insurance is also provided to qualifying employees 

Short Term Disability (STD)

Summit County Government provides employees with the opportunity for income continuation in the event of major illness or non-job related injury which prevents an employee from working their normal job.

Employee Assistance Program

MINES and Associates is the Plan Administrator for the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) program for Summit County Government. Employees and their household members are eligible for three free confidential counseling sessions per incident per year. 


Employee Housing 

Summit County Government has limited, short-term rental units available to employees. They may be single-room or full-unit and are subject to availability on a first come, first serve basis.

Down Payment Assistance

All first-time Summit County home buyers who meet regular full-time employment requirements for nine months are eligible for a Down Payment Assistance loan. The lesser of 10% of your purchase price or $30,000 is available for the purchase of a Summit County home. This program is subject to availability.


Paid time off includes holiday, vacation, sick, and compensatory time off.


All regular full-time and regular part-time employees (prorated) are eligible for vacation accrued as follows:

Years of Service Bi-weekly Accrual/Annual Accrual of Vacation Maximum Accrual
0-3 years 3.08 hours/80 hours 120 hours
3-5 years 4.62 hours/120 hours     160 hours
5-6 years 4.92 hours/128 hours     168 hours
6.7 years 5.23 hours/136 hours     176 hours
7-8 years 5.54 hours/144 hours     184 hours
8-9 years 5.85 hours/152 hours     192 hours
9 or more 6.19 hours/160 hours     200 hours


Holiday pay on each County observed holiday is limited to eight (8) hours for regular full-time employees. Regular part-time employees’ holiday hours are prorated based on their basic work schedule. Both Priority and Non-priority holidays may be retained from year to year (with a maximum limit) and will be paid out at separation.

Well Time Off

All regular full-time and regular part-time (prorated) employees using ten (10) hours or less sick time in the period January 1—June 30 and/or in the period July 1—December 31 may use eight (8) hours of sick leave as well time off.


All regular full-time and regular part-time employees accrue sick time on a per pay period basis. Regular full-time employees accrue at a rate of 3.69 hours per pay period. Regular part-time employees accrue prorated based on their basic work schedule.

Compensatory time off

Non-exempt employees are eligible for compensatory time off at 1.5 times the hours working in lieu of paid overtime when working over forty (40) hours in a week or eighty (80) hours in a two-week period for the 207(k) eligible employees of the Sheriff’s Office.