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Employee Benefits

Current benefits are effective July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2025

How to access your benefits information

Employee and retiree benefits are managed through Employee Self Service (ESS):

  • Go to
  • Enter your username: [Last name] [four-digit employee number] Ex: Smith4000 (If employee number is fewer than 4 digits, do not use any leading 0).
  • Enter your password: Click "forgot your password" if you need to reset your password. The system will send you an email. If you don't see it, check your spam and clutter folders.
  • Select Employee Self Service.
  • Select Benefits.
  • Confirm and submit your elections.

Benefits documents

Medical/vision plan options

Medical-vision/dental rate sheets

Retirement benefits

  • General Information
  • 457 Plan
  • PERS
General Information


457 Plan


All regular and limited-term status employees are eligible to defer their compensation. Post retirees working a limited-term assignment are eligible to continue their deferral as long as they are not separated from employment and are not receiving any payments from their 457 account. Temporary and seasonal employees are not eligible to enroll in the plan.   

Deferral amounts

  • Participants may select a percentage of their salary or a specific dollar amount to defer from each paycheck.  
  • There is no minimum contribution amount. Calendar year contribution limits are set by the IRS.
  • Deferred compensation EZ enrollment form

Enrollment and deferral adjustments

When opening a deferral account or if you make a change to your deferral amount, the requested payroll change will take effect at the beginning of the following month.  ​

Plan benefits

  • New enrollment 
  • Account review 
  • Retirement planning  
  • PERS and OPSRP benefits and paperwork  

For more information, visit


Active participants may borrow from their deferred compensation plan account. 

You may request a general purpose or residential loan.   

Loan amounts start at $1000. The maximum loan amount is $50,000 or 50% of your vested account balance. There is a one-time set up fee of $50.  

More about loans and repayment requirements

For more information, contact our VOYA representative:

Melinda R. Lewis, CFS
Investment Adviser Representative
Voya Financial Advisors, Inc.
The Water Tower, John's Landing
5331 SW Macadam Ave., Suite 207
Portland, OR 97239

Phone and video chat appointments with Melinda can be scheduled online.

To schedule an appointment, visit


The Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) enables Oregon public employers to provide employees with retirement benefits as part of their total compensation package.

The PERS system is a hybrid pension plan with two components – the Pension Program and the Individual Account Program (IAP). 

PERS members must be vested before becoming eligible to receive a PERS pension. Vesting in the PERS Pension Programs generally occurs after five years. 

Pension program

Retirement benefits vary based on a tiered benefit system.

  • Tier 1: Employed on/or before December 31, 1995 
  • Tier 2: Between January 1996 and August 28, 2003 
  • OPSRP: On/or after August 29, 2003

Individual Account Program (IAP)

Individual Account Program (IAP) is an account-based benefit for all Tier 1, Tier 2 and OPSRP members who have worked in a qualified position. After Jan. 1, 2004, a 6% member contribution is now placed in your IAP account. ​

PERS authorization agreement

For additional information about your PERS account call 1-888-320-7377 or visit the PERS website.

Other benefits

Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Allegiance is the City's FSA provider.

Flex advantage

FSA tips

Mobile app guide

Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA VEBA)
Legal Shield

Legal Shield offers legal service to City o​f Gresham for a monthly fee. Services are provided by a law firm screened and selected by Legal Shield. 

Legal Shield: 1-800-654-7757

Additional information is available on the pay and benefits page on Walter.

Long-term Disability
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The employee assistance program (EAP) through Canopy is a free and confidential benefit that can assist employees and eligible family members with any personal problems, large or small. 

EAP summary of services

Mental health awareness

Aflac Supplemental Insurance

Aflac flyer

For questions or more information, contact:

Teresa Cravinho

Travel Assistance

Travel assistance is a free service for City employees covered by the City's Group Life Insurance Policy through The Standard. 

Services include:

  • Pre-trip assistance including information about passports, visas, weather, currency exchange, health hazards and inoculation requirements.
  • Trip assistance including help with emergency tickets, credit card and passport replacement, funds transfers and missing baggage.
  • Medical assistance, including locating medical care and interpreter services.
  • Legal assistance, including locating a local attorney, consular officer or bail bond services.
  • 24-hour access to nurses who can provide health and medication information.
  • Emergency transportation services, including evacuation to medical facilities.
  • Personal security services, including ground transportation, housing or evacuation in the event of political unrest and social instability. 

Travel assistance flyer


Teladoc is a free virtual healthcare service for City of Gresham employees covered by the Base or Core medical plans. 

Teledoc flyer

Liberty Mutual

Liberty Mutual offers discounted auto, home, and renter's insurance to City employees and retirees.

Liberty Mutual flyer

Liberty Mutual

Mandatory notifications

Annual legal notices 2022-2023

Questions about your benefits?