Benefit Information

Benefit Programs

Chisago County's benefit plans are offered in a cafeteria-style, which allows for more flexibility in choosing the benefits that are right for them.

Eligibility for benefits is dependent upon the employee's employment status.

We offer participation in the following benefit programs:

  • Basic Life Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Health Reimbursement Arrangement
  • Medical Insurance
  • PERA Pension Plan
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Sick Leave
  • Vacation Leave

Probationary Period

All new employees are required to serve a probationary period. The purpose of the probationary period is to determine whether or not the new employee has the job skills necessary to be successful in their position with Chisago County.

The probationary period is normally 6 months for the hire date and may be extended at the discretion of the employer. However, there are some positions that required a 1 year probationary period.


Eleven holidays are observed by Chisago County employees. Part-time employees receive holiday pay at a pre-determined pro-rated amount depending on their full-time equivalency.


Chisago County has a progressive vacation accrual program and increases based upon complete years of service with the county. Vacation accrual begins at 3.1 hour per pay period (26 pay periods in a year), which equates to 10 days of vacation in the 1st year of employment. Observed Holiday Schedule

Sick Leave

Employees accrue sick leave on a per pay period basis. The accrual for sick leave is 3.7 hours or 4 hours per pay period. Depending on bargaining unit.

Pay Dates

Chisago County employees are paid on a biweekly schedule. Pay dates are every other Friday. We offer a voluntary direct deposit program.