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Employee Benefits Program

Vacation Leave
Regular, full-time employees are eligible for 40 hours of vacation after six (6) months of continuous employment. After one year of employment and beyond, the following schedule applies:

Regular Full-Time Employees

Years of Service Accrural Rate Per Pay Period Hours Per Year
1 - 4 3.08 80.08
5 - 14 4.62 120.12
15 years 6.16 160.16

Regular Full-Time Fire Department Personnel
Working 24-Hr Shifts

Years of Service Accrural Rate Per Pay Period Hours Per Year Maximum Accrural
1 - 4 3.70 96.2 96.2
5 - 14 6.46 167.96 167.96
15 years 8.31 216.06 216.06


Regular full-time employees are eligible for longevity pay upon completing one year of continuous service. Longevity pay is made in a lump sum of $5.00 per month not to exceed 25 years. The financial situation of the City is reviewed each year in October to determine if a recommendation to pay longevity pay will be made by the City Manager.


Regular full-time employees are eligible for sick leave. Sick leave is earned at the rate of 3 hours per pay period.


The City of Gonzales recognizes the following days as official paid holidays for all regular full-time employees:

New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Emancipation Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, and Floating Holiday.


The City of Gonzales participates in the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) which provides retirement benefits to eligible employees. The employer’s contribution to the system is 5% of their gross salary. The City matches the employee’s contribution 2 to 1.


Direct deposit allows employees to deposit their pay checks into one account or multiple accounts at various banks.


City employees are eligible for membership in the LCRA Credit Union. The credit union offers competitive interest rates on savings accounts and loans at reasonable rates, etc.


Regular, full-time employees are automatically covered by the City’s health insurance plan the 1st of the month following date of hire. Dependent coverage is available, but the employee is responsible for paying the dependent premium. Dental and vision insurance are also available, but at employee’s expense.


The City of Gonzales provides all full-time employees eligible for benefits $25,000 basic life insurance. This includes accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance. This benefit is paid 100% by The City of Gonzales.


Regular, full-time employees are automatically covered by a supplemental death benefit through Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS).At the employee’s death, their beneficiary shall receive a one-time payment equal to one year’s salary of the employee. Upon retirement, the supplemental death benefit would be reduced to a one-time payment of $7,500.


Tuition reimbursement is offered to all regular, full-time employees who have successfully completed their initial introductory period and who wish to enroll in courses for academic study from an accredited institution. Eligible expenses for reimbursement include tuition up to a maximum of $1,000 per year.


As a City employee, you may be eligible to receive a discount with your cell phone provider. All you need to do is call them or stop by one of their offices and tell them that you work for the City of Gonzales FAN# 02517946.The discount varies and all cell phone providers may not participate so you will need to verify with them. AT&T and Sprint participate.

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