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Employee Programs

Hire to retire Pic.pngCoconino County offers a diverse employee programs package for regular status employees in different stages of longevity with us. These programs provide something for everyone as we strive to continue growing the benefits we provide to our employees. Some of the programs we have are not only recognized on a national level, but above all are considered innovative and beneficial by our employees.

On this page, we provide a brief summary of some of the most popular employee programs of Coconino County.

For a snapshot of the benefits available to you as a new hire and also as your career with Coconino County develops, Download the Hire To Retire Brochure.

Employee Growth & Development Program

egad-COLOR-modified-5-12-14-compressed.jpgThe Employee Growth and Development Program (EGAD) offers free training and professional development opportunities for County employees to assist them in meeting their personal and professional goals. It is the philosophy of the County that ultimately, citizens reap the benefits of highly qualified, well-trained, well-developed, and competent employees when receiving services from the organization. Course offerings improve the quality of service provided to citizens by enhancing employee knowledge, skills and abilities. This program fosters an innovative, flexible, diverse and responsive workforce that is engaged and motivated. Healthy retention of high performing and engaged employees, requires a great deal of time, investment and support to be successful. In addition to individual classes, the County training program offers a Supervisors’ Development Academy (SDA) and an Executive Leadership Academy (ELA). 

  • The Supervisor’s Development Academy (SDA) offers a series of classes designed to train new and experienced supervisors on the competencies needed for effective supervision as well as the County’s policies, procedures and values.  This program also provides networking opportunities for participants and builds the foundation for future mentors within the organization. 
  • The Executive Leadership Academy (ELA) prepares the County’s highest performing employees for high level leadership within the organization. The mission of this academic program is to provide a forum, atmosphere and challenge for employees to discover, ignite, sharpen, share, and demonstrate their leadership abilities. 

Facts about EGAD Program:
In FY14 there were

  • 74 trainings
  • 896 Students
  • 85% of students said the class they attended was applicable to their job
  • 89% of students said that the class they attended provided a better understanding of the subject matter

Vacation Sell Back Program

Coconino County was very excited to announce the launch of the Vacation Sell Back Program in October 2012. This program was introduced to provide an additional way to recognize and reward County employees for their dedication and commitment to our organization. Participation is voluntary and subject to several eligibility requirements.

  • Eligibility

An employee may “sell back” a portion of accrued vacation leave to the County, and receive payment of up to twenty-four (24) hours vacation per calendar year under this Vacation Sell Back Program, provided the employee meets all the following conditions:

  1. Has 12 full months of continuous service at the time of request.
  2. Has used at least 24 hours of vacation and/or comp time for this first pilot year (FY 13).
  3. Employees with comp time accrual balances may satisfy the 40 hours of usage required within the prior year with use of comp time; however, only vacation time can be cashed out through this program.
  4. Retains a vacation balance of at least 80 hours, after the vacation sell back and vacation used during the year are applied (this applies even if comp time is being used to meet usage requirements).
  5. Is a regular status, part-time or full-time employee, who is eligible to accrue vacation under Coconino County Personnel Policy 6.1.


Personal Day Purchase Program

We began offering the Personal Day Purchase Program to County employees beginning July 1, 2009 . This is a voluntary program that is especially beneficial to new employees who may want to purchase additional vacation days before their accruals increase. Full time, regular status employees may purchase up to 10 personal days and have the cost deducted from payroll. Initially the program was introduced as a tool to aid the County in meeting the projected revenue shortfall for fiscal year 2010. Today, the Personal Day Purchase Program remains widely used by employees and was recognized by The International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) for its innovative approach.

  • Why participate in this program?

Participation in this program is purely voluntary. Employees are being asked to consider participation as a way to contribute toward the generation of cost savings. Cost savings for FY13 are necessary to minimize potentially more serious impacts due to our declining economy. If every employee purchased just one personal day, the savings to the County would be approximately $200,000 ($125,000 general fund and $75,000 other funds). So, as you can see, even a small contribution of one day can reap huge rewards to the County in their efforts to balance our budget.• What is the difference between the Personal Day Purchase Program and a furlough program

  • How much does it cost?

The cost is computed based on the hourly salary (at the beginning of the fiscal year) x the number of hours purchased. So if an employee makes $10 per hour and works 8 hours per day, they would be charged $80.00 for one personal day, $160 for two, etc. The cost for the number of days purchased by the employee is then divided by 26 pay periods and deducted from each two-week paycheck.

Sick Leave Conversion Program

This benefit provides employees with the option to convert unused sick leave accruals into vacation leave accruals!

This sick leave conversion takes place AUTOMATICALLY! If you do not wish for eligible sick leave hours to be converted to vacation leave, you should provide written notice to the Human Resources Department.

  • Eligibility:

  1. Regular status employees, full or part-time, accruing sick leave and vacation leave
  2. Completion of five or more years continuous employment as a regular status employee
  3. Use less than 48 hours of sick leave during a rolling 12-month period from the employee’s anniversary date
  4. The remaining amount (up to 48) will be converted to vacation leave.

(Example: If only 8 hours of sick leave are used during the anniversary year, the County will transfer 40 hours of sick leave to annual vacation leave.)

  • Process:

The conversion of eligible sick leave hours takes place in the 2nd pay period of the month following your anniversary month. You must have capacity in your vacation bank to allow for the transfer of sick leave hours. If there is not enough room in the vacation accrual bank because of the 240-hour maximum allowed limit, only the amount that would bring the vacation accruals to the 240-hour limit will be converted; the remaining amount would stay in the sick accrual bank.

Wellness Incentive Program

This program is implemented by Coconino County working with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. It is a two-step program, providing employees with an opportunity to can save $240 on medical coverage. As the Wellness Incentive Program grows in the future, more and more opportunities to earn the cost share waiver are introduced. Some examples of qualifying wellness activities include: biometrics screenings, regular dental cleanings, recommended preventative screenings, participation in exercise programs, online seminars on wellness. This program is applicable to both regular County employees eligible for benefits and for retirees who continue their health insurance with the County.

Employee Discounts

Coconino County has developed multiple partnerships with companies such as Verizon, Dell, Wells Fargo, Sam’s Club, Snowbowl, and the Flagstaff Aquaplex. They provide various discounts for County employees and serve as yet another benefit to working for our organization.


Coconino County provides unlimited access, 7 days a week to all regular County employees. The pass is valid for all Flagstaff public transport and all employees need to do is show their County Badge to the bus driver.

Employee Service Award Recognition Program

The Employee Service Award Recognition Program is a way for Coconino County to recognize years of service and dedication of our most valuable asset; our employees. The Employee Service Award Recognition program is provided to employees reaching a milestone in their employment recognized in 5 year increments. Also included in the program are current retirees.

It is a true honor to recognize our dedicated employees for their service to the County. Currently, employees are provided the option to receive a plaque recognizing their years of service and a gift certificate in varying values. A charitable donation can be made in lieu of a gift certificate at the employees request. Employees are recognized by their immediate supervisors/managers, the County Manager and the Board of Supervisors while enjoying a dessert buffet.

Retirement Transition

This initiative is shaped as a training course for employees getting ready to retire. The course is called “2 Young 2 Retire” and tackles key issues such as money, work, volunteering and wellness. The course is structured into a five 90-minute classes where employees get a chance to meet other like-minded people while preparing to shape a future based on the choices that matter to them.

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