The County of Sonoma is committed to providing efficient and high quality services to the community and recognizes the knowledge, skills, and well being of our workforce are critical to achieving this goal. Therefore, the employee Staff Development Benefit Allowance Program has been developed to encourage learning and wellness. Specifically, the Staff Development Benefit Allowance Program provides an annual reimbursement allowance, as negotiated by collective bargaining or contained in the Salary Resolution, to assist County employees achieve professional and educational growth and achieve wellness and physical fitness goals to ensure healthy lifestyles.
The Program covers work-related expenditures such as classes and seminars, professional memberships, registration fees, educational materials, tools and equipment. Additionally, the program may also be used for wellness activities by allowing participation in a wide variety of activities that promote emotional and physical fitness that are not medically necessary and would not otherwise be covered through a County-offered health plan.
All benefits provided under this Program are subject to applicable provisions of federal and/or state law, and County policies and procedures, as approved by the County Administrator and the Board of Supervisors. These policies and procedures include, but are not limited to the County Travel and Meal Reimbursement Policy, Vehicle Use Policy, Policy on Purchasing, and the Departmental Computer Use Policy.