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Employment Benefits

There are fourteen (14) paid holidays:
  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • President's Day 
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Columbus Day 
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day
  • Christmas Eve (when it occurs on Monday through Friday)
  • 1 personal day to be taken at the employee's discretion

Vacation Leave
A civil service employee with less than ten (10) years of service with the City of Temple, accrues ten (10) hours of leave per month.
After ten (10) years of service, this benefit increases to twelve (12) hours of leave per month.

After fifteen (15) years of service, this benefit increases to 13.3 hours of leave per month.

Sick Leave
Civil service employees receive ten (10) hours of sick leave per month, regardless of the number of years employed with the City of Temple. You may accrue unlimited sick leave and will be paid up to seven hundred and twenty (720) hours of accrued sick leave upon honorable separation from service.

Other Types of Leave
The City of Temple Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual also provides for military, administrative, court, funeral and compensatory leave.

For further details concerning these, please contact the Human Resources Department.

Longevity Pay
As an added benefit, all full-time employees hired on or after September 12, 2014 are eligible to receive longevity pay for each consecutive year of active service from their date of employment, after thay have been employed for five consecutive years.  The maximum amount an employee can receive is $225.00 per month.

Incentive Pay
Police Civil Service employees who have successfully completed the probationary period also receive the following compensation per month:
  • Associates Degree $60 per month
  • Bachelor's Degree $120 per month
  • Master's Degree $150 per month
  • Two ($2) dollars for every three (3) semester hours over thirty (30) hours, with a grade of C or above, up to a maximum of $60 per month. 
Certification Pay 
  • Intermediate Certificate $50 per month
  • Advanced Certificate $100 per month
  • Master Peace Officer $150 per month   
  • CPR Certification $25 per month

Field Training Instructor Pay

Veteran officers, appointed by the Chief of Police, may serve as Field Training Instructors to assist in the training of newly appointed police officers.

Field Training Officer's Pay is $50 per month.

Shift Differential Pay
Uniformed officers working the night watch patrol (1730/1830 hours - 0530/0630 hours) receive $100 per month.

Uniforms and Allowance
All uniforms are furnished by the department for uniformed officers. Uniform Cleaning Allowance is paid at the rate of $25 per month for all uniformed personnel.

Plain clothes officers receive a clothing allowance of $60 per month.

Individual Vehicle Assignment Program (IVAP)
The department has an Individual Vehicle Assignment Program. All uniformed officers who have graduated from field training will be assigned their own patrol vehicle, based on availability.

Officers living within 3.5 miles of the City of Temple ETJ (extended territorial jurisdiction) are allowed to take the vehicle to their residence for storage when off duty. Officers living outside the 3.5 mile ETJ limit are not allowed to take the vehicle to their residence and must park the vehicle at one of the designated locations within the city.

The vehicles are not for personal use but may be used for any duty related assignment.

Retirement Program
Employees participate in the Texas Municipal Retirement System. Seven (7) percent of an employee's gross salary is deducted from the employee's pay and deposited into the system. These deposits are tax deferred. The City contributes an amount equivalent to or greater than the percentage contributed by the employee. Upon retirement, the City matches at a 2 to 1 ratio. Eligibility for retirement is after twenty (20) years of service, regardless of age.

More specific benefits of the retirement plan: 
  • Tax deferred
  • Five (5) year vesting
  • Surviving spouse benefit
  • Occupational disability benefits
  • TMRS life insurance equal to the twelve (12) months earnings prior to the date of death

Life Insurance
Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D):
After 30 days of continuous employment, the City will provide an Accidental Death and Dismemberment benefit equal to 100% of your base salary. The City of Temple provides this policy at no cost to the employee.

Employees may elect additional coverage for themselves only or their family at their cost.

Life Insurance:
After 30 days of continuous employment, the City will provide a group life insurance benefit equal to 100% of your base salary. The City pays the premium for this coverage.

There are options available to purchase additional coverage on the employee and/or their dependents.

Disability Insurance
The City of Temple provides this coverage at no cost to the employee. After 180 days, the LTD income benefit is 60% of your pre-disability earnings. The minimum monthly benefit is $100, and the maximum monthly benefit is $5,000.

Health Insurance
The City of Temple’s plan year is October 1st through September 30th. Changes to insurance elections can be made only during open enrollment or in the case of a life changing event such as marriage, divorce, birth of a child, or other qualifying event.

Group Health Plan
Medical coverage goes into effect after 30 days of employment.  If you decline enrollment in the City’s group health plan, and have proof of medical coverage elsewhere, you may elect to receive one of the following: 
  • $100 cash option paid once per month on your regular payroll check.
  • $125 per month contributed to an ICMA Deferred Compensation Plan.

Dental Insurance
Dental Insurance goes into effect after 30 days of employment.

Supplemental Insurance
The City offers supplemental insurance through a contracted vendor. Some of the policies that are available may include, but are not limited to: 
  • Short Term Disability
  • Accident Care
  • Cancer
  • Hospitalization

Flexible Spending Accounts
The City offers flexible spending accounts for reimbursable medical expenses and dependent care expenses. Contact HR for more information.

Disclaimer: This summary is provided for your convenience, but is not to be considered substitution for existing policies or regulations governing the City of Temple's practices. Where there is a discrepancy between this summary and the City of Temple's policies, ordinances, or resolutions, the applicable policy or resolution shall prevail.

City of Temple
2 North Main Street
Temple, TX 76501
Phone: (254) 298-5561