Sugar Land is remembering longtime city secretary Glenda Gundermann, who served the city for 35 years.
Gundermann, who died recently, was hired by the city of Sugar Land in October 1983 and retired in May 2019.
Gundermann’s contributions led to Sugar Land being one of the first cities to livestream council meetings and feature council meeting videos on the city’s website. Technological innovations like this made government more accessible to the citizens of Sugar Land, according to city officials.
"Words can't describe the loss we all feel," City Manager Michael W. Goodrum said in a press release. "Glenda was among our longest-serving employees. She was part of our family and touched the lives of countless employees and residents for decades. She will be deeply missed."
During her 35-year city career, Gundermann managed numerous annexations, including Sugar Creek, First Colony, Avalon, Greatwood and New Territory.
Gundermann served under two city managers and numerous mayors and managed every city election in her career.
"Glenda was passionate about public service, and her impact on our community will be felt for generations to come," Goodrum said in the press release. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and the many employees whose lives she touched. The quality of life our citizens enjoy is a direct result of the years of leadership Glenda provided."
The city plans to formally recognize and honor Gundermann's legacy in the future.