Inter-Departmental Correspondence

Employee and Public Services



December 2, 2004



December 14, 2004



Honorable Board of Supervisors



Mary Welch, Employee and Public Services Director



Memorandum of Understanding with the Organization of Sheriff’s Sergeants (OSS)



Adopt a resolution approving an amendment to the Memorandum of Understanding with the Organization of Sheriff’s Sergeants (OSS).



The County concluded negotiations with OSS on November 10 and the OSS notified us on December 2 that their membership had ratified the County’s offer. The following summarizes the major elements in the Amendment to the Memorandum of Understanding:

    • Increase the monthly County contribution for each 8 hours of unused sick leave from $275 to $640 effective January 1, 2005 and up to $675 effective January 1, 2006.

    • Terminate the Sergeants’ Retiree Health Fund and terminate the County’s contribution to that fund of one-half percent of salary. Each Sergeant will continue to have an amount equal to one-half percent of salary deducted from their paycheck but that deduction will now be credited to the County to offset the cost of the increased benefit.

    • For purposes of calculating eligibility for overtime, paid sick leave will not count as hours worked unless the overtime is mandatory.


Vision Alignment

This item keeps the commitment of responsive, effective and collaborative government through goal number 20; Government decisions are based on careful consideration of future impact, rather than temporary relief or immediate gain.


Fiscal Impact

The cost will depend on the number of Sergeant who retire. Assuming an average of 3 Sergeants retire each year for the next ten years, the total cost will be approximately $200,000 over the next ten years with the County realizing savings for Fiscal years 2005-06 and 2006-07.