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Deferred Compensation


A 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan is a voluntary retirement plan offered by the City of Tacoma, created to allow you to put aside money from each paycheck toward retirement. Contributions are made to the account in your name via payroll deduction for the exclusive benefit of you and your beneficiaries. The value of the account is based on your contributions made and the investment performance over time.

A deferred compensation plan can help bridge the gap between what you have in your pension and Social Security, and how much you'll need in retirement. Depending on what plan you choose, your contributions may be pre-tax or post-tax.  

Pre-tax contributions you make reduce your taxable income for the year. These contributions and all associated earnings are then not subject to Federal tax until you withdraw them. You also may be able to make after-tax Roth contributions which allow for potentially tax-free earnings. 

The annual contribution limit for the Traditional 457 (pre-tax) and Roth 457 (post-tax) combined must adhere to the annual maximum limits.


You control how your account is invested, choosing from a wide range of options available through the City’s plans.


Click Here for more information on legislation regarding the CARES Act and SECURE Act and the provisions they provide.


You can make withdrawals from your account when you leave employment with the City and have the ability to take payments as needed or request scheduled automatic payments. You maintain control over your investments and continue to benefit from tax deferral even after you leave.

During employment, subject to the City’s plan and IRS rules, you may also be able to make withdrawals after age 70½ or due to an unforeseeable emergency. A loan option is also available.

Withdrawals are generally taxable but, unlike other retirement accounts, the 10% penalty tax does not apply to distributions prior to age 59½ (the penalty tax may apply to distributions of assets that were transferred to the 457 plan from other types of retirement accounts).


You designate directly with your Deferred Compensation vendor, a beneficiary, or beneficiaries, to receive any remaining assets upon your death. Designating beneficiaries can help ensure your assets are paid per your wishes, avoid the potential costs and delays of probate, and allow non-spouse beneficiaries to receive additional tax benefits.


Limits and Options


Traditional 457

Roth 457

Pre-tax contributions



Available to all City employees



2022 annual contribution limits


If contributing to the Traditional 457 and the Roth 457, annual contribution limit is for both plans combined.


Contributions are payroll deducted from every pay period.

Regular Deferral




Age 50 Catch-Up






Regular Deferral



Age 50 Catch-Up





Matching from the City


Only for Police & Fire


Borrowing from your balance


Specific IRS rules apply


Tax on post-separation distributions


At the Federal level of 20%


Please refer to the plan documents for detailed information or contact the plan representatives listed below.

City Deferred Compensation Rules, Policies and Information

Deferred Compensation Plan Document
Deferred Compensation Bylaws

Making Deferral Changes

Deferral decreases made be made by using ESS which is accessible on any computer connected to the City Network. These changes will take affect immediately.


Deferral increases require a paper form which can be found on the benefit forms web page or by contacting the benefits office.  All increases will take affect first of the month after we receive the change form.

Employee Self-Service Tutorial

Enrollment and other forms can be found on the benefits forms web page.

If you have any questions, contact the Benefits Office at (253) 573-2345.


MissionSquare Retirement (formerly ICMA-RC) Financial Planning Webinars can be found here.

MissionSquare Visits 


 ---All Appointments are currently online only---




Tacoma Public Utilities
Cafeteria Conference Room

Third Thursday

9 AM - 3:30 PM

Tacoma Municipal Building
Room 902

Third Wednesday

9 AM - 3:30 PM

Tacoma Police Dept.

Second Thursday

9 AM - 4 PM

ES Solid Waste


9 AM - 4 PM

First Floor Conf. Room


8 AM - 3 PM

PW Streets and Grounds


7:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Loveland Substation


8 AM - 11 AM


MissionSquare Also visits these others locations by appointment throughout the year, contact the representative for scheduling.

  • Center for Urban Waters
  • Cowlitz Fish Hatchery
  • Cushman Dam
  • Green River Headworks
  • Municipal Court
  • Public Works Fleet Shop
  • Public Works Sign Shop
  • Tacoma Dome/Convention Center
  • Tacoma Public Library
  • Tacoma Water
  • TV Tacoma
  • Wynoochee Dam

Vendor Contacts and Information

MissionSquare Retirement (formerly ICMA)

MissionSquare is available to all City Employees

MissionSquare Name Change May 2021
MissionSquare Name Change FAQ May 2021


MissionSquare Loan Guidelines and Procedures

MissionSquare Website


Keith Penewit (Work) 202-759-7015  (Cell) 202-430-3932



MissionSquare Online Scheduling for City of Tacoma Employees

MissionSquare Get to know your 457
MissionSquare Transition Resources
Instructions to download MissionSquare App
Using Amazon Alexa for MissionSquare Account Access

Nationwide Retirement Solutions

Available to Local 31 employees only

Nationwide Retirement Solutions website


NEW Nationwide Loan Guidelines and Procedures

Paperless Account Management


Mike Ferguson (509) 385-7825

Customer Service 1-877-677-3678


Nationwide Roth 457 Investment Guide
Nationwide Learning Center
Nationwide Frontline Plan

Deferred Compensation Board Meetings

Deferred Compensation Meeting Schedule

February 2022 Minutes
December 2021 Minutes
August 2021 Minutes
May 2021 Minutes
March 2021 Minutes
February 2021 Minutes
December 2020 Minutes
August 2020 Minutes
May 2020 minutes
April 2020 special meeting minutes
Special Meeting Notice April 2020
February 2020 minutes
December 2019 minutes
October 2019 minutes
May 2019 Minutes
February 2019 Minutes
December 2018 Minutes
September 2018 Special Meeting Minutes
August 2018 Minutes



Dental Plans

The City of Tacoma currently offers two dental plans, Delta Dental of Washington, and Willamette Dental.


Delta Dental Summary 2022


Delta Dental of Washington Plan Document  

Delta Dental Privacy Policy
Delta Customer Service 1-800-554-1907  Website



Willamette Dental Summary 2022

Willamette Dental Plan Document
Willamette Dental Privacy Policy
Willamette Customer Service 1-855-433-6825 Website

Disability Insurance

The City of Tacoma provides you with an employer-paid Long Term Disability (LTD) Insurance benefit in the event you become disabled. The LTD benefit provides replacement of some of your income in the event you are not able to work.

In addition to the basic Long Term Disability (LTD) insurance, the City of Tacoma offers access to voluntary employee-paid Supplemental Short and Long Term Disability benefits at group rates for you in the event you become disabled. The Short Term Disability benefit provides replacement of some of your income in the immediate future and can help bridge the gap to LTD. The Supplemental Long Term Disability insurance can provide additional LTD income and can shorten the waiting period for LTD benefit payments to begin. Standard Insurance Long Term Disability Certificate
Standard Insurance Short Term Disability Certificate
Standard Insurance Privacy Notice

City Paid-Long Term Disability Summary
Employee Paid Voluntary Long Term Disability Buy Up Summary
Employee Paid Voluntary Short Term Disability 

What happens if you want Short Term Disability or the Long Term Disability Buy-up plans after your initial sign up period has lapsed? (See the Employee Benefits Guide on the FAQs & Information page for more details on these voluntary plans as well as your cost)


If you wish to apply for supplemental voluntary disability insurance, please contact the Human Resources Benefits Office for the needed application forms.  Additionally, we want to make you aware that the insurance company may ask you to take a physical exam or provide a blood sample at no cost to you.  Their contracted company, ExamOne, may contact you for this purpose.  Below are links that provide more information on this process.


Disability Insurance Exam Preparation

Video Guide of the Process



Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides cost-free, convenient and confidential consultation and work life resources for you and your eligible dependents to help manage life’s challenges. You can access the EAP 24 hours a day, seven days per week by phone or their website. 


Contact First Choice Health toll-free inside Washington at (800) 777-4114. Additional information is available at the First Choice Health websiteEmployee Login: cityoftacoma


Monthly webinars are also offered. Archived webinars can be found on their employee websiteLogin and click the 'Webinar' tab.


EAP Quick Summary

EAP Brochure

EAP BetterHelp Telehealth Flyer

EAP BetterHelp Telehealth FAQ

EAP BetterHelp Telehealth Use Guide


A list of upcoming Webinars can be found on their website  


EAP Newsletters

Month Employees Supervisors
June 2022  Employee Newsletter  Supervisor Newsletter 
May 2022  Employee Newsletter  Supervisor Newsletter 
April 2022  Employee Newsletter  Supervisor Newsletter 
March 2022 Employee Newsletter Supervisor Newsletter  
February 2022  Employee Newsletter  Supervisor Newsletter  
January 2022  Employee Newsletter  Supervisor Newsletter  
December 2021 Employee Newsletter  Supervisor Newsletter  
November 2021 Employee Newsletter  Supervisor Newsletter  
October 2021 Employee Newsletter Supervisor Newsletter  
September 2021 Employee Newsletter  Supervisor Newsletter 
August 2021  Employee Newsletter  Supervisor Newsletter 
July 2021  Employee Newsletter  Supervisor Newsletter 


First Choice Privacy Notice



Flexible Spending

The City of Tacoma provides employees an IRS Section 125 Flexible Benefits Spending Plan, which allows for employees to save money on their health and dependent care expenses.  Employees save by setting aside an amount of money per year before taxes are taken out into an account to pay for out-of-pocket health and dependent care expenses.


Under the Section 125 Flexible Benefits Spending Plan there are two plan components: Health Flexible Spending Account (Health FSA) and a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (Dependent Care FSA) that is for out-of-pocket day care expenses for a child or adult dependent that cannot care for themselves.


Please read this document relating to the 2021 COVID-19 response and allowable changes.

FSA Spending Overview

FSA Spending Summary Plan Document

FSA Spending Fact Sheet

FSA Expense Substantiation Requirements

FSA Orthodontia Expense Procedures


FSA Portal Quick Reference - Contact the Benefits Office

FSA Portal User Guide - Contact the Benefits Office


Secure Submission Guide

Health Flexible Spending EzPay App
Health FSA Debit Card FAQ


For more information, call Trusteed Plan Services Customer Service at (253) 564-5611 x210, 1-800-426-9786 x210 visit their websiteYou can also visit the Portal Login.

Life Insurance

The City of Tacoma provides you two forms of employer-paid Life Insurance benefits for you and your designated beneficiaries in the event of your death. You can be secure with the knowledge that your family will be taken care of should you die unexpectedly.

In addition to the basic life and AD&D insurance policies, the City of Tacoma offers access to voluntary employee-paid Supplemental Life and AD&D Insurance benefits at group rates, for you and your family members. Life Insurance Certificate
Basic Life Insurance and AD&D Summary

What Happens if you want additional City Life Insurance?

If you wish to apply for additional life insurance for you or your spouse, please contact the Human Resources Benefits Office for the needed application forms.  Additionally, we want to make you aware that the insurance company may ask you to take a physical exam or provide a blood sample at no cost to you.  Their contracted company, ExamOne may contact you for this purpose.  Below are links that provide more information on this process

Life Insurance Exam Preparation

Video Guide of the Process


Travelers Assistance

Travel Assistance helps you cope with emergencies when you travel more than 100 miles from home or internationally for trips of up to 180 days.  Travel assistance can also help you with non-emergencies, such as currency exchange information, inoculation requirements for foreign countries, passport and visa information.  As a participant in the City’s basic life insurance coverage form The Standard, you and your dependent family members are automatically covered.

We encourage you to print and take copies of the flyer with you.

Travel Assistance
Travel Assistance Information & Features

Medical Plans

The City of Tacoma currently has two medical carriers, Regence BlueShield and Kaiser Permanente. Employees have the choice at the time of hire or during open enrollment periods to enroll in the Regence BlueShield PPO or High Deductible Plans, or the Kaiser Permanente HMO Plan.


Kaiser Permanente Resources

The Kaiser website offers links to general information about the Cooperative, including its health plans, provider and facility directories, newsroom and more. For members, Kaiser offers password-protected access to your medical record, health care provider selection and messaging, an online medical center with information on more than 5,000 health topics, discussion groups, appointment booking, prescription refills, and more.

Kaiser Customer Service can be reached at (888) 901-4636


Plan Summary 2022

Plan Book 2022


Kaiser Permanente Care Chat Flyer

Kaiser Permanente Care Options


Kaiser Mental Health Additional Resources 

Mental Health Information

myStrength Program Information


Kaiser Permanente Privacy Policy


Regence BlueShield Resources

The Regence website is designed to help advise Regence members on health care options, lifestyle options, navigate them through the health care system and reward those who make healthier choices. With the Regence website, members can find all their health-related resources in one place.

Regence Customer Service can be reached at (855) 877-0047


Regence PPO - Active Employees

Plan Summary 2022

Plan Summary 2022 - LEOFF I Only


Plan Book 2022

Regence MDLive Telehealth Doctor (Copays apply)


Regence High Deductible Plan (HDHP) information

HDHP Plan Summary 2022

HDHP Plan Book 2022



HealthEquity HSA vendor (866) 346-5800 HealthEquity website


Regence Mental Health Additional Resources*

Quartet Mental Referral Flyer

Quartet FAQ

MDLive Mental Health Assistance (Copays apply)


Regence Pharmacy Information - Specialty Mail Order*
As of April 1, 2021, Regence changed vendors for Specialty and Mail Order Prescription Services.  Review this update for more information.
Specialty Pharmacy Information
Pharmacy Overall Quick Reference

Regence provides healthcare benefits while you are traveling away from home, within the US or abroad*

Regence Travel Coverage

BlueCross Blueshield Global

Regence Bluecard Worldwide

Regence City of Tacoma Retiree Plan Information

Note: TERS retirees, please see the Retirement Office for plan information. Visit cityoftacoma.org/retirement or call 253-502-8200.

Regence Local 6 Retiree Summary 2022
Regence Local 6 Retiree Plan Info 2022

*These services are also available to retirees on Regence Plans

Regence Privacy Policy
Transparency in Coverage (TIC): Link to Machine-Readable Files


Vision Plans

For employees who select Regence as their Medical provider, the City of Tacoma provides vision benefits through the Vision Service Plan (VSP). Their phone number is 1-800-877-7195.

To access those providers specific to our plans, be sure to login to the VSP.com website before searching for providers.  Visiting one of these designated providers will help ensure you are getting the maximum benefit available.

Vision Service Plan (VSP) Summary 2022

Vision Service Plan Certificate
VSP Privacy Policy


For employees who select Kaiser Permanente as their Medical provider, vision benefits are provided through their Kaiser Permanente Medical Plan.


Kaiser Permanente Eye Care Customer Service can be reached by calling (800) 664-9225 or visiting their website.


The City of Tacoma values the health and well-being of our employees. To help promote good health and well-being, we offer the Tacoma Employee Wellness Program – Growing With Better Health – as a fun and engaging resource. This program launched January 1, 2015. The primary focus in the first year was the RedBrick Health Portal which is an online tool that helps employees to develop healthier habits, and in turn, leads to positive behavior changes. Beginning in 2016, there were several new fun and helpful resources/activities added to our wellness program to complement Redbrick and what employees are already doing to live a healthy lifestyle.

Whether you're already living a healthy lifestyle or are just beginning to make some changes, the Tacoma Employee Wellness Program can help empower you to reach your health and wellness goals and earn incentives such as reduced health insurance premiums.


For more information on our Employee Wellness Program and quick access to your Redbrick Account, visit the Wellness Website or contact the City's Wellness Coordinator, Shannon Carmody at (253) 591-5200 or wellness@cityoftacoma.org.

Contact Us

(253) 573-2345