Pearland targets city employee retention with compensation study

Rapid population growth strains staff; contractors used for supplemental services
Pearland targets city employee retention with compensation study

Pearland targets city employee retention with compensation study

As Pearland continues to add to its population, city officials are working to attract and retain employees to deal with growing pains.

From July 2014 to July 2015, Pearland was the seventh-fastest growing city in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The rapid growth has caused the city to more than triple its staff since 2000. As a result, the city is undergoing a compensation and classification study to compare its employee structure to similar municipalities, officials said.

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Virgil Gant

Pearland resident remembered for civic involvement

Longtime Pearland resident Virgil Gant, 68, died in an auto accident June 26. Only a week earlier, he was a volunteer at his grandson’s Boy Scout camp. Friends and colleagues say that is one of many examples of his service to the community.

Outside of Boy Scouts—which Gant participated in for more than 50 years—he was also serving on the Pearland ISD board of trustees. Gant was a trustee for 16 years. Gant was also a member of the Pearland Rotary Club and had a noticeable love for giving back to the city, friends said.

Virgil Gant

Virgil Gant served 16 years on the Pearland ISD board of trustees. Photos courtesy Pearland ISD

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