TAYLOR, Texas –Following a national search for a new Director of Human Resources and Civil Service, City Manager Brian LaBorde is pleased to announce that the City of Taylor has selected LaShon Gros for the position. Ms. Gros (pronounced GRO) most recently served as a Human Resources Generalist for the City of Killeen. She will begin her new duties with the City of Taylor on January 4, 2021, taking over the position from Kim Peterson, who recently announced her retirement. Ms. Peterson started working for the City of Taylor in 2015, after serving for 10 years as a human resources professional for numerous municipalities and government agencies in Texas and California.
Ms. Gros holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College, and also holds Master’s degrees in Human Resources Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management and Organizational Leadership from Columbia Southern University. She earned her certification from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) in 2019. Prior to working for the City of Killeen, Ms. Gros served a Human Resources Manager Internship for TransTech Fabrication, LLC and held numerous positions, including Human Resources Manager, for the U.S. Army. She is affiliated with the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the Texas Municipal Human Resources Association (TMHRA).
Mr. LaBorde said the City of Taylor is fortunate that Ms. Gros will be at the helm of the City of Taylor’s Human Resources Department. “Ms. Gros impressed the hiring committee with her passion for the human resources field and her deep understanding of the unique needs of public servants. She understands the value of human capital and cares deeply about ensuring that the City of Taylor continues to attract a diverse and talented pool of employees.”
Ms. Gros will be responsible for administering all human resource management functions including the recruitment and processing of all new employees; compensation, benefits and employee relations; and ensuring that the City’s programs, records and procedures comply with all federal and state laws governing such personnel practices. In addition, Ms. Gros will be responsible for making recommendations to City Council and management concerning all human resource related matters. Ms. Gros will serve as the City Civil Service Director; and Secretary to the Civil Service Commission and will perform work incidental to the civil service system as required by the Commission and Chapter 143 of the Texas Local Government Code.
For questions about Ms. Gros and her new duties with the City of Taylor, please contact the Communications Office at 512-352-5448.