Police Department Benefits Offered
The City of Southlake offers a competitive benefits package for all employees. The City's compensation system supports the City's desire to be an employer of choice by attracting and retaining a skilled workforce, rewarding high performers and motivating employees by offering pay opportunities commensurate with their position's internal and external value.
Health, dental and vision insurance
Full-time employees have access to Compass Professional Heath Services. Compass is available, at no cost to the employee, to serve as a personal healthcare advisor. They can help employees navigate healthcare by providing doctor recommendations, hospital cost and quality information, reviewing bills, resolving disputes, providing prescription information and much more.
Health insurance, provided by Aetna, is available after the first of the month following your hire date. The City offers three different plan options, allowing employees to choose the plan that is most suitable for their unique situation.
Dental insurance is provided through Metlife. Like health insurance, new employees are eligible for dental insurance on the first of the month following their hire date. Dependent coverage is paid for 100% by the employee.
Metlife also provides vision insurance. Metlife offers a diverse vision network of nearly 60,000 providers including both private and leading retail chains.
The City of Southlake is proud to offer three kinds of salary enhancements for police officers.
As a Southlake officer, you are eligible for certification pay commensurate with your level of peace officer certification, as follows:
- Intermediate Certification: $60 per month;
- Advanced Certification: $100 per month; or
- Master’s Certification: $125 per month.
Longevity pay is also available for full-time employees who have been employed with the City for 12 consecutive months as of December 31.
In addition, you are eligible for tuition reimbursements. The City reimburses 100 percent of the local average of state tuition, laboratory registration fees and 50 percent of the cost of required textbooks.
Vacation, Sick and Compensatory Leave
Vacation Leave: Full-time employees are eligible to accrue vacation leave up to a maximum of 240 hours. (Employees are not eligible to take vacation leave until they have been employed for six months). Unused vacation balances will carry over to the next year, up to a maximum accrual of 240 hours. Sick Leave: All full-time employees accrue 3.08 hours of sick leave per pay period up to a maximum of 720 hours. Compensatory Leave: Non-exempt employees may elect to accrue up to 48 hours of comp time off in lieu of overtime pay. Supervisor approval is required. Comp time is accrued at a rate of one and a half (1-1/2) hours for each hour of overtime worked.
Full-time employees are provided, at no cost, group term life insurance and accidental death & dismemberment insurance equal to one times their annual salary up to $50,000 through Unum. Supplemental voluntary life insurance is also available to employees through Unum at a cost. TMRS also provides one times their annual salary in life insurance to regular full-time employees.
Full-time employees are provided, at no cost, long-term disability insurance. LTD is provided by Unum and pays 60% of an employee’s monthly earnings (up to $5,000 per month) after a 90-day waiting period if they become disabled and are no longer able to perform the functions of their job.
Retirement and Deferred Compensation
All full-time, regular employees are required to participate in TMRS (Texas Municipal Retirement System). Employees contribute 7% of their gross pay, which is matched 2:1 by the City. After five (5) years of participation in TMRS, an employee is fully vested. Employees may retire once vested at age 60 or after 20 years of service at any age.
The City of Southlake does not participate in the Social Security program. Full-time employees can save additional money for retirement through a 457 deferred compensation plan. Employees can choose to voluntarily defer monies through Nationwide or ICMA Retirement Corporation.