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Finney County
Finney County

Finney County is the second largest county in land area in Kansas; consisting of 1,302 square miles and over 1,200 miles of maintained roadway, it offers an interesting history and a variety of attractions and activities. With a current population of nearly 39,097 it is the largest county in Western Kansas. The county seat is Garden City. Finney County measures 48 miles east to west across the top, 24 miles across the bottom, is 36 miles north to south at the widest point and 18 miles in the panhandle. Finney County is located in southwest Kansas approximately 200 miles west of Wichita and 300 miles southeast of Denver, Colorado. US Highways 83 and 50/400 and Kansas Highways 156 and 23 serve the county.

Finney County's economy consists mainly of farming and ranching in addition to some manufacturing. Wheat, corn and milo are the primary crops along with soybeans, sunflowers, alfalfa and others. Tyson has a large beef packing plant at Holcomb, KS seven miles west of Garden City.

A governing body of five county commissioners set policy and regulations for Finney County. Each commissioner is elected to a four-year term. Commission meetings are held at 8:30 a.m. on the first three Mondays of the month. The commission appoints a county administrator to carry out county policies and run the daily operations of the county for non-elected departments. Finney County employs 350 people in 15 departments/offices. Of the 15 departments, elected officials run five. The five additional elected officials are the County Attorney, County Clerk, Register of Deeds, County Sheriff and County Treasurer.

Benefits:

Health Insurance Coverage – Major Medical and Dental

  • Eligibility:  All full-time employees, elected officials and part-time employees working at least twenty (20) hours a week.

  • Effective:  The first day of the month following the date of employment.

  • Medical:  No deductible or coinsurance on inpatient allowable charges. Major Medical deductible is $300/$600 with $200/$400 coinsurance each benefit period.

  • Dental:  Building block plan paying A at 80%, B at 50%, C at 50% and D at 80. Blocks are dependent on the type of service you receive, i.e. oral surgery.

  • Cost:  Employees may choose from a single or family plan, with associated costs that are deducted from the employees check on a pre-tax basis. Costs for the plans are determined on a yearly basis.

 

KPERS Retirement

(Kansas Public Employees Retirement System)

 

  • Eligibility:  All full-time employees, elected officials and part-time employees working at least twenty (20) hours a week.

  • Effective:  New participants with no previous membership are enrolled effective after one year of employment, transfers are effective immediately. The effective date of KPERS will be changing in July 2008 based on actions of the Kansas Legislature in 2007.

  • Cost:  Both the employee and Finney County make contributions at rates established by the Kansas Public Employee Retirement System.

 

KPERS Life Insurance and Long Term Disability (LTD)

 

  • Eligibility:  All full-time employees, elected officials and part-time employees working at least twenty (20) hours a week.

  • Effective:  The first day of employment.

  • Life Benefit:  Provides an insured death benefit of 150 percent of your annual rate of compensation.

  • LTD:  Monthly benefit based on 60 percent of your annual rate of compensation. To qualify, you must be totally disabled for 180 continuous days.

  • Cost:  The employer pays the entire cost of this program.

 

KPERS Optional Group Life Insurance

  • Eligibility:  All full-time employees, elected officials and part-time employees working at least twenty (20) hours a week have 30 days from their first day actively working in a covered position to apply for optional insurance.

  • Effective:  The first day of the calendar month following the end of the payroll period for which the agency deducts a premium.

  • Benefit:  Guaranteed issue without a health physical is $50,000.

  • Cost:  The employee pays the entire cost of this program.

 

Deferred Compensation Programs

ING Aetna Financial Services and NRS

 

  • Eligibility:  All full-time and part-time employees working at least twenty (20) hours a week.

  • Effective:  The first day of the month following the date of employment.

  • Benefit:  A deferred compensation program, combined with your pension and other retirement savings, can help assure your retirement years are financially secure.

 

Flexible Benefits Program (IRC Section 125)

  • Eligibility:  All full-time and part-time employees working at least twenty (20) hours a week. Employees may enroll upon employment or annually during open enrollment.

  • Effective:  The first day of the month following the date of employment.

  • Benefit:  Plan administered by American Family Life Assurance Company (AFLAC) allows employees to pay for tax deductible dependent care and healthcare expenses through a salary reduction program. The plan offers significant income tax savings for participating employees.

 

Additional Insurance Programs

 

  • Benefit:  Other pre-tax and after tax life, short-term disability, cancer, ICU and accidental death policies are available to all regular employees. Additional informational packets are available upon request.

 

Employee Leave

 

  • Eligibility:  All full-time and part-time employees working at least twenty (20) hours a week accrue vacation and sick leave from the first day of employment, however, employees cannot utilize vacation leave until after successfully completing their six month probationary period.

  • Benefit:  Vacation and sick leave accrue at one day per month for full-time employees and one-half day per month for part-time employees working less than five years. The accrual rate increases at five-year increments for vacation pay. No more than 24 days of accrued vacation and 60 days of sick leave may be carried over from one calendar year to the next. The County has designated ten days as paid holidays including New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day plus the day after and Christmas Day.

 

Longevity

 

  • Eligibility: All full-time and part-time employees at the successful completion of every five-year increment of continuous employment with the County.

  • Benefit:  A longevity payment shall be five percent of an employee’s salary for the twelve month period preceding the incremental anniversary date of employment.

 

Other Benefits

 

  • Direct Deposit • YMCA Discount Membership

  • Payroll Savings • GC & Holcomb Recreation Wellness Centers

  • Pre-Paid Legal Services • Discount Movie Tickets

Finney County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Finney County is an equal opportunity employer and it is the policy of Finney County to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment. No person shall be discriminated against in employment because of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status. If required by law, additional policy statements and a written affirmative action plan will be developed. The County Administrator shall serve as EEO Officer and shall assist Finney County in developing necessary additional policies and in complying with statutory record keeping and notice requirements.

 

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

 

It is the policy of Finney County to provide reasonable accommodations to known physical and mental limitations of qualified disabled applicants and employees. When an applicant or employee requests or requires an accommodation, the following steps will be followed:

 

(a) The particular job function will be analyzed to determine its purpose and essential functions.

 

(b) The individual requesting/requiring an accommodation will be consulted to determine how disability limits job function and how limitations can be overcome with accommodations.

 

(c) Possible accommodations will be identified and their effectiveness in helping the individual will be assessed.

 

(d) The employee's preference will be identified and the most appropriate accommodation for employer and employee will be implemented unless it is determined that implementation of the accommodation will impose undue hardship on Finney County.

 

The County Administrator shall serve as the ADA Coordinator.

 

 

Conditions of Employment

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

With exception to specific job related requirements, to be considered for employment by Finney County, all applicants must be at least sixteen (16) years of age and must be a citizen of the United States or have legal authority to work in the United States. Pursuant to the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, an individual may not begin employment with Finney County unless and until U.S. Department of Justice Form I-9 has been completed. Form I-9 is required to preclude the unlawful hiring of aliens who are not authorized to work in the United States.

 

SKILLS TESTING:

Finney County may use employment tests as part of normal hiring procedures for certain positions to assist in selecting the most qualified applicant. When testing is used, all applicants for the position shall be required to complete the test.

 

EMPLOYMENT OFFER:

Any offer of employment made pursuant to the recruitment process may be conditioned upon the results of additional background investigations and pre-employment medical, drug and possible psychological testing.

 

NEPOTISM:

No elected official or Department Head shall permit or cause to be placed or have under his or her employment in said office or department any member of his or her immediate family. For the purposes of this paragraph immediate family is defined as mother, father, daughter, son, sister, brother, step-mother, step-father, step-daughter, step-son, step-sister, step-brother, mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, husband or wife. Any employee who becomes an immediate family member on account of marriage after his or her initial date of employment shall be terminated within ninety (90) days after said marriage. The provisions of this paragraph shall not apply to any employees of Finney County as of the date of adoption of this Personnel Policy.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions about employment with Finney County other than job openings, which are listed through this site, please contact:

Randy Partington
County Administrator
Finney County, Kansas
P.O. Box M
311 North Ninth Street
Garden City, KS 67846
620-272-3542 (Voice)
620-272-3599 (Fax)
humres@finneycounty.org (email)