Retirement | 401K | Life Insurance | Annual and Monthly PTO | Observed Holidays  | Health Insurance | Direct Deposit


It is mandatory that all eligible full and part time City employees be enrolled as a member with the South Carolina Retirement System.

As a member of the Retirement System, you will contribute 8.00% of your gross earnings per pay period and your employer will contribute 10.90% into your retirement account.  If you are a Sworn Police Officer or Firefighter, you will contribute 8.41% of your gross earnings per pay period and your employer will contribute 13.41% to your retirement account.

The retirement eligibility requirements for Police Officer's Retirement is 25 years of service and age 55; Regular retirement is 28 years of service and age 62 (or any combination years' service+age equalling 90).


The South Carolina Deferred Compensation Program's 401(k) and 457 plans are voluntary supplemental retirement savings plans available to you.  If you decide to establish a 401K account, this will allow you to supplement your retirement or social security benefits.  The amount you choose to defer is payroll deductible.  You have the option of choosing investments, fixed interest, equities and life insurance depending on the plan you select.  You may have the option to borrow money, tax free, from your account.  This is a volunteer program and the City does not match funds.

Life Insurance

The City of Westminster provides life insurance to all employees who work a schedule of 40 or more hours per week.  The employee will be insured for $10,000 at no premium cost to the employee.  Additional life insurance may be purchased by employees.

Annual Leave (PTO)

All regular full-time employees earn PTO annually and monthly that may be used for vacation,  bereavement, personal time, sick, etc., subject to Department Head approval.  Annual leave days will carry over each year until a max of 520 hours are earned.  Earning rates are as follows and apply to all pay cycles:




Assigned Work Hours

Monthly Accrued PTO

Exempt Employees

8 Hours

8 hour shifts, 40 hours per week

8 Hours

12 hour shifts (Police)

8 hours

24 hour shifts (Fire)

11 hours


0 hours


Military Leave

Employees are entitled to such leave of absence and reinstatement upon return from leave of absence for military service (including Reserve and National Guard duty) as may be provided by applicable state and federal law.


The following are observed as official paid holidays for full-time non-temporary employees of the City:
  • New Years Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Good Friday
  • Confederate Memorial Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas
  • Day after Christmas

For each holiday, each regular employee receives a holiday allowance equal to his normal scheduled hours.

The City now observes the State Holiday Schedule concerning holidays that fall on the weekend.

Health, Dental and Vision Insurance

The City of Westminster offers group health insurance to all full time employees. Dependent coverage is also available and may be purchased by the employee along with dental and vision coverage. 


Direct Deposit

New employees must choose direct deposit for their paychecks.

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