The City of Kirkland has one of the best-paid corrections departments in the State of Washington. Rates and incentives for 2022 are:
Starting Corrections Officer ... $5,298
BA/BS Degree ... 2.0%
Graduate Degree ... 3.0%
Physical Fitness Incentive ... 1.0%
Employees shall be eligible for a physical fitness incentive as provided in the Kirkland Police Guild Labor Agreement.
Accreditation Incentive ... 1.0%
Night Shift Differential ... 1.0%
A premium of 1% will be added to the monthly rate of pay for employees who are assigned to night shift.
Special Assignment Incentive
FTO (training officer) ... one-half (1/2) hour, paid at time and half
Court Security ... 1.0%
Auxiliary Duty Incentive
Firearms Instructor ... 1.0%
Defensive Tactics Instructor ... 1.0%
Longevity Pay (Monthly)
Years 5 through 9 ... 2.5%
Years 10 through 14 ... 4.0%
Years 15 through 19 ... 6.0%
Years 20 through 24 ... 8.0%
25 years or more ... 9.0%
Vacation (hours per year)
First year of employment ... 104 hours
Years 2 through 4 ... 104 hours
Years 5 through 7 ... 128 hours
Years 8 through 10 ... 136 hours
Years 11 through 13 ... 144 hours
Years 14 through 16 ... 160 hours
Years 17 through 19 ... 176 hours
Twentieth year of employment ... 192 hours
Twelve days per year. In addition, employees who actually work Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Presidents Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year's Day are paid at a rate of one and one-half times the employee's hourly rate.
The City pays the full premium cost of medical/dental/vision plans for the employee and family under the City of Kirkland self-insured HDHP Plan or Kaiser Permanente. Flexible Medical Spending and Retirement Medical accounts are available. Retirees may now purchase health insurance through the City’s plan or Kaiser Permanente at a retiree rate.
Uniforms and Equipment
Each officer is completely outfitted upon appointment and is provided replacements as needed. Uniform cleaning is provided free of charge.
PSERS + MEBT
Corrections State Retirement Plan PSERS II provide full retirement benefits at age 65 with at least five years of service credit or at age 60 with ten years of PSERS service. For those with at least twenty years of service, early retirement will be available at age 53, with a benefit reduction of three percent per year from age 60.
The City's employees elected to withdraw from the Social Security system and invest in the Municipal Employee's Benefit Trust Fund (MEBT), which matches and exceeds the benefits under Social Security. Employee contributions are matched by the City up to 6.2%. Upon retirement or separation, the employee is allowed to collect all of his/her trust fund contributions, plus the vested portion of the City's contribution. After three years, the employee is fully vested in the City's matching contribution.
Here is the formula we will use to calculate your monthly benefit:
Service credit months ÷ 12 x 2% x Final Average Salary* = Monthly Benefit
* Average your monthly salary from the highest-paid 60 consecutive months in which you earned service credit. Usually, this is your last 60 months of service.
The City provides life insurance for the officer at a benefit of two times the officer salary.