Human Resources

Our Human Resources Department is available to answer any questions you may have regarding employment, the application process, employee benefits and personnel policies and procedures.

City Employee Mission Statement

We are accountable to the Gainesville community for providing professional, timely service, which enhances all of our lives.

Application Process

The City of Gainesville only accepts applications for posted positions and candidates must apply online at the City's career page.

All City of Gainesville positions require the successful candidate to pass a pre-employment physical and drug screen. Positions that require a valid driver’s license will also be required to pass a driver’s license check. A criminal background check will be conducted on all successful candidates. 

The City of Gainesville is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to a drug-free and harassment-free workplace.

Employee Benefits

The City of Gainesville provides the below described benefits to all regular full-time employees and regular part-time employees who regularly work at least 1,000 hours in a year.

This information does not guarantee any benefits or employment with the City of Gainesville. If any differences exist between this benefits summary and the plan documents or the City of Gainesville Personnel Policies and Procedures, the plan documents and/or city policies will govern administration of benefits.

Health Benefits

The City of Gainesville provides medical and prescription coverage for eligible employees through BlueCross BlueShield of Texas at no cost to the employee. Coverage begins on the first day of the month following the employee’s date of hire. Voluntary dental and vision benefits are also available at the employee’s expense.

Life Insurance

The City of Gainesville provides eligible employees with $10,000 in life insurance coverage and $10,000 in accidental death and dismemberment insurance. Coverage begins on the first day of the month following the employee’s date of hire.

CareFlite Caring-Heart Membership

CareFlite membership protects eligible employees and their family members living in their household against out of pocket costs for medically necessary transports. All costs not covered by the employee's health insurance are absorbed by the membership program. Anyone without insurance or non-medically necessary transports (like a fixed wing for family convenience) receives a 50% membership discount.

Voluntary Plans offered to Eligible Employees (at the employee's expense)

  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Voluntary Life and AD&D Insurance for employee, spouse, and/or dependent children. 
  • Short-term and Long-term Disability
  • Section 125 Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for Healthcare Expenses and/or Dependent Care.
  • Aflac Supplemental Insurance
  • Tele-Medicine (Tele-Doc, Healthiest You)
  • Legal Shield and ID Shield
  • Navitus Gym Memberships

Holidays, Vacation and Sick Leave

Paid holidays include New Years Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day (September 11th holiday for Firefighters), Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Vacation is accrued as follows for regular full-time and part-time employees:

10 days vacation per year
15 days vacation per year after 5 years of service 
20 days vacation per year after 15 years of service 

Vacation is accrued as follows for fire shift employees:

7 shifts per year
10 shifts per year after 10 years of services 
15 shifts per year after 20 years of service

Sick leave is accrued at the rate of 8 hours per month for regular full-time employees, 4 hours per month for regular part-time employees, and 12 hours per month for fire shift employees.


The City of Gainesville participates in the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS). Eligible employees are automatically enrolled as a member of TMRS upon hire. Employee contribution rate is 6% (emloyee contribution rate will be 7% effective 01/01/2024); the City matches member contributions on a 1.5 to 1 basis upon retirement of the employee. Employees are vested in TMRS after earning 5 years of service credit. Employees are eligible to retire when vested and at least age 60 or have 20 year of service credit at any age.

Deferred Compensation

457 Deferred Compensation plans are available to City employees through Nationwide Retirement Solutions and/or Security Benefit. Contributions to a 457 deferred compensation plan are made through pre-tax payroll deduction. 

Credit Union

Any city employee is eligible to join the City Credit Union or 4U Credit Union.

Tuition Reimbursement (Educational Assistance)

After six months of employment with the City of Gainesville, employees may request tuition reimbursement for college level courses to improve their skills, knowledge and abilities relating to their present job. For approved courses, the City will refund the costs for courses after the completion of courses and up to $200 for the cost of books for the semester. (Tuition reimbursement is an expense to the City, and as such, must be budgeted. The City is not obligated to agree to pay tuition reimbursement if the budget does not allow for the expense.)

Longevity Pay

Longevity pay is paid every year on the first day of December. Eligible employees receive $60.00 for each full fiscal year they have been employed with the City.

Employee Assistance Program

Personnel Policies and Procedures

EEO Utilization Report