August 2, 2021


If you are a current employee of Hand County, you may find this information helpful during your time with us.  The forms here are for your benefit and serve a reference for you.  Should you find something in error or believe something is missing, please contact me at [email protected] or by phone at 605.853.2182.

South Dakota Retirement System 

222 East Capital Avenue, Suite 8, PO Box 1098,
Pierre, SD 57501

1-888-605-SDRS (toll-free)
605-773-3731 (local)
[email protected] (email)

[Available to only to employee who work 1250 or more in a year.]

Please read this linked document from May 2021 that details eligibility rules:

Please follow this link to the SDRS revised forms page which were put into effect on July 1, 2021.  This page has all the forms the employer or employee would need.

SDRS does not allow address changes via phone, email, or website contacts. All members must complete an E-2 for address changes.

South Dakota Retirement System—Authorized Agent Manual (90 pages, PDF)

Companion Life Insurance Company

  • Employer provided to eligible employees:
    • 18-65: $4.19 for $15,000
    • 65-69: $2.73 for $9,750
    • 70-74: $2.09 for $3,750
    • 75-xx: $1.05 for $1,750

VSP / Vision Service Plan

  • Currently available to qualified employees on a cost shared basis, including signal and family plans.
  • VSP member website:
  • Vision Care Associates (VCA) web portal: 
  • Direct Link to VCA  “Medical History Form”:
    • 2021 Member Rates:
      • Member Only: $13.43 employee & $13.43 employer.  Total costs: $28.88
      • Member + 1: $28.88 employee & $28.87 employer.  Total costs: $57.75
      • Member + children: $28.88 employee & $28.87 employer.  Total costs: $57.75
      • Member + Family: $28.88 employee & $28.87 employer.  Total costs: $57.75


Dental insurance is provided to qualified employees on a cost shared basis.  In 2021 the ratios are:

  • Single / Employee only:                                                               $17.70 / $17.70 or $35.40
  • 2-Party / Employee and one-other:                                           $33.86 / 33.86 or $67.72
  • Family / Employee and all others:                                             $53.15 / $53.15 or $106.30
  • Family /More the Part-time but less then full time:              $65.91 / $40.39 or $106.30
  • Family Part-time:                                                                          $73.73 / $26.57 or $106.30
  • Single Part-time:                                                                           $26.55 / $8.85 or $35.40

2021 Data received on August 3, 2020

Delta Dental Employee Handbook

Delta Dental Cover letter and Summary pages

New Employee Forms to be completed and turned into the Auditor’s Office:

Emergency Management Institutes ICS courses transcript request form.

2018-2019 South Dakota Labor and Employment Laws (PDF)
2019 First Report Of Injury (SD EForm 1830 V2 / Form Fill PDF) & Medical Release Form
Weather Emergencies / Outdoor Warning Sirens (From Pennington County)
Sign up for South Dakota Amber Alerts
Sign up for South Dakota Missing / Blue Alerts
South Dakota Statewide Wage and Benefit Survey for 2019 (Compiled by NECOG)

Employee Benefits:
2019.06.06 – Companion Life Policy (Provided by the County to Employees)
2019.07.08 – Companion Life Policy (Provided to Full Time county employees)
2019-2020 Companion Life (Beneficiary Election Form) (Provided to Full Time county employees)

SDML-Work Comp & other Forms Website / Page

Hand County Payroll Deduction List for 2020

Annual / Vacation Leave, Sick Leave and Funeral Leave form.

AVERA HEALTH  (Hand County Specific / Effective September 1, 2020)

Plan administrator:  Mike LeBrun DICE Financial Services of Mitchell.

Contact:  [email protected] or call 800-658-3603

Presently the county provides health insurance to all full time employees and some qualifying part-time / elected employees.  Family coverage is available but it is at the sole expense of the employee.  There is no county contribution towards family plans.

The current plan also includes a life insurance policy on the employees.

Payroll Links:
2020 Wage Scale for County Employees
South Dakota New Hire Reporting Page

Longevity Schedule

Meals for trips out of county

Separation from Employment with Hand County:
Uniform Resignation from Employment Form

Property Management:

South Dakota “Bid Booklet” for making purchases within the boundaries of state law.

How to file a claim with the South Dakota Public Assurance Alliance (SDPPA), our coverage provider.