Employment Benefits


Probationary Period - All new employees serve a 90 days probationary period from date of hire. Firefighters serve a 1 year probationary period from date of hire.

Working hoursMost full time employees work 40 hours per week, unless otherwise indicated.
Pay Check - Pay checks are issued bi-weekly.

Insurance Coverage United HealthCare
Coverage fully paid for individual employee. Dependent coverage available: Employees pay portion of cost
(Effective date – first day of following month after completion of probationary period)

Life Insurance - $10,000.00 policy paid by Board of County Commissioners, additional life available employee pays additional cost

Retirement Florida State Retirement

Holidays The County observes (11) eleven holidays per year as declared by the Board of County Commissioners

Personal Day All full time employees will be given the benefit on one (1) personal day per calendar year. Cannot be used until after probationary period; can not be carried over from one year to the next.

Sick Leave Employees earn (8) eight hours sick leave per month. Fire/Rescue employees earn eleven and two-tenths (11.2) hours per month which accumulates if not utilized. Medical Leave Bank and Compassionate Leave is also available.

Contact Information

Opal Wilkerson Human Resources Director

Laticia Wilkins Executive Assistant

Rita Smith Payroll Specialist

Human Resource Department
205 Hanchey Rd
Wauchula, FL 33873

Office Phone (863) 773-2161

Fax (863) 773-2154

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.