Elected Official Benefits Summary
Board of Supervisors
Chesterfield County is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors elected by district. The Board of Supervisors appoints a county administrator who directs the county’s day-to-day operations. For information regarding the duties of the Board of Supervisors, see the County Code of Ordinances.
In January 2024, the base salary of $41,867 plus stipends will be in effect. The total compensation, including base salary plus stipends, is as follows:
- Chair: $49,867 (included stipends are $5,000 chair, $2,000 mileage and $1,000 mobile device)
- Vice Chair: $47,367 (included stipends are $2,500 vice chair, $2,000 mileage and $1,000 mobile device)
- Member: $44,867 (included stipends are $2,000 mileage and $1,000 mobile device)
Base salary will increase in the future at the same time and same percentage as county employee pay increases, up to a base salary maximum cap of $46,419 through December 31, 2027, the end of the board’s term. Section 15.2-1414.2 of the Code of Virginia requires the board to establish, prior to July 1, the salaries and chair and vice chair supplements for the Board of Supervisors for the next term. Once the salary and supplements are set, they may not be increased during the term of the next Board of Supervisors.
The county provides basic group term life insurance through the Virginia Retirement System and underwritten by Minnesota Life Insurance Company. This coverage is provided at no cost to the Constitutional Officer.
- For a natural death, the benefit is equal to the Constitutional Officer’s pay (rounded to the next $1,000), and then doubled.
- For accidental death, the benefit is four times the Constitutional Officer’s pay. There is no maximum limitation on this benefit.
Optional Life Insurance
This program allows participants to elect up to four times their pay (not to exceed a maximum of $800,000) of additional life insurance.
This plan also allows participants to purchase coverage for a spouse and/or children.
- A spouse’s benefit is up to one-half the participant’s benefit amount. Premiums for the participant and spouse are based on the age of the insured person and increase with age.
- Coverage for children is $10,000, $20,000 or $30,000 per child. Premiums for children are based on level of coverage and cover all children; there is no per-child rate.
Some levels of coverage may require evidence of insurability and may be subject to limitations.
Optional life insurance is 100% paid for by the participant on an after-tax basis.
Long Term Disability
You may elect coverage in a long term disability plan with The Hartford Insurance Company. The plan:
- provides income protection for accident or illness that renders incapacity for a minimum of 90 days.
- replaces approximately 65% of pre-disability income, not to exceed $4,000 per month, and is "offset" by any other sources of income to which you may be entitled.
The maximum length of benefit payments is 24 months. The plan is 100% paid for by the participant on an after-tax basis.
VRS Retirement Benefits
Chesterfield County participates in the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) defined benefit plan. The plan provides retirement benefits for Constitutional Officers.
- All Constitutional Officers contribute 5% of their income on a pre-tax basis to VRS.
- The county also contributes a percentage of all full-time salaries to VRS.
- The percentage is determined biannually by VRS.
- Participants of VRS are vested once 5 years of creditable service are earned.
Participants are in one of three categories: Plan 1, Plan 2 or Hybrid Plan.
Plan 1 and Plan 2 are defined benefit (pension) plans. Participant contributions go to the participant’s Member Contribution Account with VRS, and are used to pay future retirement benefits to the participant.
Participants hired prior to July 1, 2010 or hired after July 1, 2010 with prior VRS service credit and were vested (5 years of service) by January 1, 2013 are members of Plan 1.
Plan 1 Retirement Benefit
The retirement benefit is determined by age at retirement, the highest 36 consecutive months of salary and years of service. VRS Plan 1 participants are eligible for full retirement benefits at age 65 with at least five years of service; or at age 50 with at least 30 years of service. Participants may also retire as early as age 55 with at least five years of creditable service or as early as age 50 with at least 10 years of creditable service.
Participants hired on or after July 1, 2010, rehired with no prior service credit in VRS, or hired before July 1, 2010 and not vested by January 1, 2013 are members of Plan 2.
Plan 2 Retirement Benefit
The retirement benefit is determined by age at retirement, the highest 60 consecutive months of salary and years of service. VRS Plan 2 participants are eligible for full retirement benefits when they reach normal Social Security age and the participant has at least five years of service credit, or when age and years of service equal 90. Participants may also retire early at age 60 with at least five years of service credit.
Participants hired after January 1, 2014 are members of the Hybrid Plan. Public Safety participants eligible for enhanced hazardous duty benefits are exempt from the Hybrid Plan.
The Hybrid Plan is a combination of a defined benefit (pension) plan, and a defined contribution (retirement savings) plan. Of the 5% mandatory contribution, 1% goes to the defined contribution plan. Participants can voluntarily elect to contribute up to an additional 4% to the defined contribution plan and receive an employer match of up to 2.5%.
Hybrid Retirement Benefit
The retirement benefit is determined by age at retirement, the highest 60 consecutive months of salary and years of service. VRS Hybrid Plan participants are eligible for full retirement benefits when they reach normal Social Security age and the participant has at least five years of service credit, or when age and years of service equal 90. Participants may also retire early at age 60 with at least five years of service credit. The percentage used to calculate the retirement benefit is lower than what is used for Plan 1 and Plan 2. Participants use the defined contribution plan (retirement savings) to supplement their benefit.
Hazardous Duty Positions
Whether you are considered a Plan 1 or Plan 2 member, VRS participants that are in hazardous duty positions are eligible for full, unreduced retirement at age 50 with at least 25 years of creditable service or age 60 with at least five years of creditable service. Those age 50 with at least five years of creditable service are eligible for an early, reduced retirement. Participants who have at least 20 years of hazardous duty service at retirement may be eligible for a hazardous duty supplement, payable from the time of retirement until their normal social security age.
If you are injured while on the job, you may be eligible under the Workers' Compensation Program for related medical care and certain leave benefits during any period of disability, resulting from injury within the guidelines of Workers' Compensation. The county's Risk Management Department administers the Workers' Compensation Program. Immediately report any job-related injury to your supervisor.
All Elected Officials
All elected officials have access to the following benefits:
Participation in the dental plan is voluntary. Participants may choose between five levels of coverage: subscriber only, subscriber and child, subscriber and children, subscriber and spouse, and family coverage. Premiums are deducted on a pre-tax basis from 24 of 26 pay periods per year.
The county offers the following plans:
The basic plan covers:
- diagnostic and preventive care
- basic dental services
The comprehensive plan covers:
- diagnostic and preventive care
- basic dental services
- major restorative dental services and orthodontia (orthodontia is limited to a lifetime benefit of $1,500)
Exclusive Provider Organization Plan (EPO)
The Exclusive Provider Organizational (EPO) dental plan provides basic as well as most major services at a set copayment and also covers orthodontia. Orthodontia is limited to a lifetime benefit of $1,500.
Participation in one of the county-sponsored plans is voluntary. Participants may choose between five levels of coverage: subscriber only, subscriber and child, subscriber and children, subscriber and spouse, and family coverage. Premiums are deducted on a pre-tax basis from 24 of the 26 pay periods per year.
The county offers the following plans:
Point-of-Service (POS) Healthcare Plan
- Copayments are required for certain services obtained under the POS
- Members are required to select a Primary Care Physician
High Deductible Health Plan with Health Savings Account (HDHP)
- Empowers you to take control of your health, including the dollars you spend on healthcare for you and your family
- Provides the benefits you would receive from a typical health plan plus healthcare dollars to spend your way
Anthem Machine Readable Files
Transparency in Coverage (TIC) regulations require health insurers and group health plans to create machine readable files (MRFs) that contain the negotiated rates for in-network providers and allowed amounts derived from historical claims for out-of-network providers and make those files publicly available. A machine readable file is a digital representation of data or information in a file that can be imported or read by a computer system for further processing without human intervention.
To access Chesterfield Anthem MRFs, enter EIN 54-6001208.
Chesterfield County offers a Voluntary Benefits Program designed to enhance core health benefits and to provide financial protection and peace of mind for elected officials and their loved ones.
- Accident Insurance
- Cancer Insurance
- Hospital Indemnity
- Vision (materials only)
- Critical Illness
- Identity Theft Protection
- Legal Plan
- Life Insurance with Long Term Care
- Pet Insurance
Virginia 529 College Savings Plan
Chesterfield County elected officials may open a Virginia529 account and set up direct deposit contributions. Virginia 529 accounts help families save for education expenses. The money can grow free from federal taxes when used to fund qualified education expenses at eligible institutions. Plus, Virginia taxpayers enjoy the additional benefit of a state income tax deduction on contributions to their Virginia529 accounts. There are 20 investment portfolios to choose from to customize your savings strategy.
Chesterfield County will offer information sessions to learn about 529 accounts and how to get started. Virginia529, an independent state agency, administers this program.
C-Fit Wellness Program
C-Fit, Chesterfield County Government and Schools wellness program, is dedicated to creating an environment of wellness that enables the development of healthy lifestyles that enhance the quality of life. C-Fit offers a variety of programs to meet those needs including programs related to fitness, nutrition and physical and emotional well-being.
The county provides an opportunity to save for retirement through the Empower Retirement deferred compensation savings plan.
Employee Assistance Program
The county's Employee Assistance Program (EAP), is a free, voluntary and confidential program designed to help employees and family members resolve personal problems which impact job performance. The EAP provides you with assessment of problems, consultations and referrals to community resources when appropriate. Elected officials and their family members are eligible for the Employee Assistance Program.
Employee Medical Center
The Chesterfield Employee Medical Center is staffed by board-certified medical providers who are trained to diagnose and treat illnesses and write prescriptions when medically necessary. The Employee Medical Center serves the employees and elected officials of Chesterfield County and Chesterfield County Public Schools.
Virginia Credit Union
Virginia Credit Union is a savings, checking and loan organization available to elected officials. It offers convenient transactions through payroll deductions. If you are interested in becoming a member, contact the Credit Union Office.
Surprise or Balance Billing - Federally Required Benefits Notice
When receiving emergency care or treatment by an out-of-network provider at an in-network hospital or ambulatory surgical center, you are protected from surprise billing or balance billing (PDF).