Executive Leadership Benefits Package

Pension Plan

Membership in California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS)

For new PERS members, salaries above a limitation imposed by federal law (current limit per IRS is $146,042), neither the County nor the employee will make contributions to PERS on the portion of salary that exceeds the limit. If you were a member prior to January 1, 2013, the limit is $330,000 for 2023. These limits are subject to change. Link to the memo.

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Annual Leave

  • 39 days per calendar year (312 hours) - effective 7/10/23
  • Annual Leave “Cash-Out” Program
    Members of the County Executive Leadership team are eligible to cash out half of the alloted 312 hours within the calendar year.

Plus, an additional 13 paid holidays per calendar year and available Administrative Leave.

Learn more about Executive Management Leave Provisions


Term Life Insurance coverage with an additional $300,000 accidental benefit provided by the County! (effective 7/10/23)

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Tax-advantaged life and financial benefits

  • Health Flexible Spending Account
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (Fidelity 457)
    A 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to invest money for retirement with tax benefits. The County’s 457 plan is designed to supplement your regular retirement income. While your CalPERS pension and/or Social Security may go a long way, they are unlikely to fully fund your retirement. In addition, pre-tax contributions into the 457 plan reduce your current taxable income for the year. These contributions and all associated earnings are not subject to income tax until you withdraw them.
  • ROTH Governmental 457(b) Plan (Fidelity 457)
    In addition to our tax-advantaged Deferred Compensation Plan, the County also offers a ROTH Governmental 457(b) plan.  This employer-sponsored ROTH Plan, through our partner Fidelity, allows you to save money for retirement on an after-tax basis. That means that your contributions come out of your paycheck after your income has been taxed. Therefore, when you are eligible to withdraw these funds in retirement, the money is generally tax free (based on following IRS guidelines).
  • Dependent Care Assistance Program
    The DCAP program allows you to set up a special account for paying dependent care services, which are necessary for you to work, with tax-free dollars. It’s a smart and convenient way to save on these expenses. Through the program, you may reimburse yourself expenses related to: (1) The care for your dependent children under age 13.  (2) The care for another dependent who is physically or mentally incapable of caring for him/herself; this includes elder day care.

Health benefits

  • Health Insurance with Kaiser, HealthNet or County of Santa Clara’s very own Valley Health Plan; See our competitive health plan premium rates!
  • Dental Insurance with Delta or Liberty Dental;
  • Vision Insurance with VSP Plan with both single and family premiums provided;
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) available for both employee and their family members; Learn More
  • And robust Wellness Programs

Plus, Lifetime healthcare coverage after 15 years of service!

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Additional Executive Leadership benefits

  • Relocation assistance
  • VTA SmartPass Clipper Card
  • Educational and Professional Development reimbursement up to $6,000 per fiscal year.
  • Select Executive Leadership positions shall receive:
    • Monthly Auto Allowance of $600
    • County Deferred Compensation contribution of $20,500 per year. 

See the County's Executive Leadership Salary Ordinance here, which details executive position compensation. 

Benefits Guide

To learn more about these amazing benefits and to find out about additional benefits that the County offers, click the County of Santa Clara Benefits Guide below!

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