Due to the quickly changing situation related to the Coronavirus, on March 31st Kern County extended the essential staffing model to May 1 at 5:00 PM.  During this period, most County buildings will be closed to the public with only essential services being offered.

New Permanent Employees Other Benefits

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Deferred Compensation

Kern County provides access to a 457 (b) deferred compensation plan to all employees. Some employees are also eligible to receive an employer match for contributions to this tax-deferred retirement savings plan. You can enroll online at or request additional information by calling (661) 868-3467. 

Voluntary Insurance

We also offer several voluntary insurance products online at These include: Short-term Disability Insurance, Long-term Disability Insurance, Cancer Plan, Group Term Life Insurance, Universal Life Insurance, Accident Plan, Hospital Indemnity Plan, Prepaid Legal Plan, Critical Illness Plan. Certain voluntary benefits can only be selected for a limited time at your time of hire. You can also call Chimienti & Associates at 1 (877) 733-1670 for more information.

Flexible Spending Account

Kern County has also established access to tax-free flexible spending accounts (FSAs) for qualified dependent care expenses or for qualified unreimbursed medical expenses. Enroll by visiting, or call Chimienti & Associates at 1 (877) 733-1670 for more information. 


Each permanent employee of Kern County is a member in the Kern County Employees’ Retirement Association (KCERA) and begins accruing service time toward a defined benefit pension plan. Visit the KCERA website at or call (661) 381-7700 for more information. 

Health Savings Account (HSA) option for Kern Legacy Shared Select