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General employees enjoy a number of benefits as full-time employees with the City of Panama City Beach. These include: 

ANNUAL LEAVE: Leave begins accruing immediately; however, leave cannot be used until six months of service has been completed. 

Years of Service Completed and Annual Leave Cap Available (Work Days)

1-5 Years       12 days (96 hours)

6-10 Years     15 days (120 hours)

11-15 Years    18 days (144 hours)

16-20 Years    21 days (168 hours)

21-plus Years  24 days (192 hours)

At the end of the year, any unused annual leave will be placed in the employee's vacation bank (up to 240 hours total). Time will be accrued bi-weekly and shown on each paycheck. After the 240 hours are filled, any unused annual leave will be lost and cannot be used the following year.

SICK LEAVE: 1 day earned per month, beginning immediately. However, sick leave cannot be used during the first three months of service. Sick leave is accumulated with no maximum. A Sick Leave Pool is available for eligible employees, whereby they donate eight hours to the "pool" and have access of up to 480 hours of sick leave paid if you exhaust all your own sick leave hours. Employees must have completed one year of service and have 120 hours in sick leave bank to qualify. 

RETIREMENT: General employees are vested after 10 years.  General employees are eligible for retirement upon the earlier of the attainment of age 55 and the completion of 10 years of credited service or the attainment of age 50 and the completion of 20 years of credited service.  The amount of normal retirement benefit is based on your credited service and average final compensation.  See General Employees’ Pension Plan Summary for more details.

HOLIDAYS: Employees receive 12 holidays per year. Holidays are:

  • New Year's Day
  • Presidents' Day
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4th
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans' Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday After Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year's Eve
  • One Floating Holiday to use at will

INSURANCE: Employee Medical Insurance is with Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and is paid in full by the City for the employee. Guardian Dental and Life Insurance premiums are also paid by the City for the employee. BC/BS Tiered Family Coverage is available, but paid by employee via payroll deduction. Spouse only plans are $508 or $630 per month; children only plans are $444 or $540 per month; family plans are $967 or $1,200 per month. Family Dental Coverage is $86.65 per month, $34.69 for spouse only and $49.08 for children only. 

The City has two Vision plans to choose from. Monthly costs are:

  • Employee Only        $7.06 for VSP and $6.65 for Davis Vision
  • Employee/Spouse    $11.30 for VSP and $10.64 for Davis Vision
  • Employee/Children  $11.54 for VSP and $10.87 for Davis Vision
  • Family Plan              $18.60 for VSP and $17.52 for Davis Vision

The City's medical plan includes on-line medical resources, including a Telemedicine plan through Teladoc whereby employees can skip the doctor's office and either Facetime or Skype with a physician for common ailment such as colds, flu, allergies, sore throat, respiratory infection and more. There is still a copay and prescriptions will be called in to the pharmacy of your choice. The City also offers a Health Savings Account (HSA). 

Additionally the City offers Voluntary and Basic Life and AD&D, a free Employee Assistance Program and Valic, an optional 457 Deferred Compensation Plan.

For more information, please contact Sherry Herington, Senior Administrative Support Specialist-Civil Service at (850) 233-5100.