Skye Mercer
HR Director

For General Questions:
Email: Click Here
P: (208) 446-1640

Physical Address:
451 Government Way
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
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Mailing Address:
PO Box 9000
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83816-9000

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm
Kootenai County Employee Benefits

Kootenai County Pay
Kootenai County Offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to employees.
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance.
  • Employee Wellness Program
  • Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI)
  • Public Student Loan Forgiveness
  • 10 Paid Holidays, generous sick and vacation time
  • Employer-Paid Life, Long Term Disability, and AD&D Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Employer-paid Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Services

  • Health Insurance
    In order to qualify for all benefits, an employee must be a regular, full-time employee (scheduled to work 35+ hours per week). Employees working non-seasonal positions and regularly scheduled to work 30-34 hours per week may qualify for medical and prescription coverage as required by the Affordable Care Act. Employees are eligible for coverage the 1st of the month following 60 days of qualifying employment.
    Low Monthly Employee Rates for Medical Dental & Vision Insurance

    Medical Insurance Comprehensive medical insurance is offered through Regence BlueShield.
    • Deductible: $500 individual/$1,000 family
    • Out of Pocket Limit: $2,500 member/$5,000 family
    • Co-Pays: $30 primary physician/$45 specialist

    TELEHEALTH: No co-pay - 24/7/365 from the comfort of your home, while travelling, college students can see a board-certified doctor, pediatrician, or therapist.
    COST ESTIMATOR: Earn a gift card for choosing the least expensive treatment option.
    MEDSAVVY RX: Compare cost and efficacy of your medications to treat your specific condition. Have a conversation with your doctor about saving money and feeling better.

    Dental Insurance

    There are two dental insurance options. All family members must be covered by the same plan.

    Dental insurance provided by Delta Dental.
    • Deductible: $50 individual/$150 family
    • Maximum benefit: $1,250 if dentist is contracted as PPO/$1,000 if dentist is contracted as Premier
    • Preventive/Diagnostic: Covered at 100%
    • No orthodontia
    Dental insurance provided by Willamette Dental.
    • No deductible
    • No annual maximum
    • Preventive/diagnostic: covered at 100%
    • Orthodontia coverage/$2,000 copay
    • Limited dental offices

    Vision Insurance

    Vision insurance is offered through VSP Vision Care.
    • Co-Pays: $10 for exam/$25 prescription glasses (basic lenses for 1 pair per year)
    • Up to $130 allowance for frames

    Wellness Program

    Kootenai County offers a fun, engaging wellness program, which includes wellness challenges, gym discounts and county-paid wellness coaching on topics such as weight management, healthy families, stress management, back care, and more.

    Employees pay a reduced wellness premium for medical insurance when they participate in the wellness program. To receive the reduced premium, the employee and covered spouse must complete an annual tobacco attestation. Tobacco users must complete an annual tobacco cessation course.

    Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI)

    Kootenai County employees receive a pension plan through PERSI with an 11.32% employer contribution (11.66% for public safety). PERSI members are fully vested after 5 years of employment and receive a lifetime monthly payment upon retirement, which can be passed to the employee's designated beneficiary.

    5 Reasons to Love PERSI. Additional information can be found at:

    Public Student Loan Forgiveness

    As a full-time, public sector employee your student loans may qualify for the public student loan forgiveness program. If you are employed full-time for the County (or any qualifying public employer) for 10 years, and make qualifying payments during that time, the Federal government may "forgive" the remaining balance of your student loans. Click here for more information.

    Holidays, Sick, and Vacation Time

    Kootenai County employees receive 10 paid holidays, and generous sick and vacation time.

    Paid Holidays
  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

  • Paid Vacation Time

    Paid Sick Time

    After 5 years of employment, upon separation from the County, a portion of your accrued sick pay hours will be paid into a health reimbursement account (HRA) for you to take with you and use on health insurance premiums and health related costs.

    Employer-Paid Life, Long Term Disability, and AD&D Insurance

    Kootenai County also provides County-paid life insurance equal to annual salary up to a maximum of $100K. Long Term Disability coverage is equal to 60% of basic monthly earnings up to a maximum benefit of $3,000 per month. There are also voluntary, employee-paid life insurance buy-up options for life insurance, and short-term disability, hospital confinement, and critical illness.

    Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

    Employees may elect to save pre-tax dollars in a Flexible Spending Account to pay for qualifying health related costs.

    Employer-Paid Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

    The EAP provides 7 free, confidential counseling sessions per incident per year for employees, their qualified dependents and anyone living in the employee's household.

    Main County Administration Building
    Physical Address: 451 Government Way, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814 Mailing Address: PO Box 9000, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83816-9000
    Main Phone Number: (208) 446-1000 Contact Us
    Click here for directions to the County Administration Building and Courthouse.