The Human Resources Division is responsible for producing payroll for the City's 1200+ employees and for retirees of the Fire Department. This division also handles recruitment and hiring, including Civil Service entrance exams and promotional examinations for positions in the Police and Fire Departments.

Compensation and Benefits are a major part of this division's responsibilities. Retirement, health, dental and vision insurance, deferred compensation plans, holidays, and paid leave are among the diverse array of benefits offered to City employees. Pay and classification plan administration and review, Policies and Procedures administration, and compliance with State and Federal employment laws are also major components of this division.

The City of Abilene is committed to the development of its employees.From supervisory training and customer service to defensive driving and first aid, the City schedules training and development activities throughout the year to improve the performance and increase the knowledge of its employees. For a wealth of other resources, a Training Library is housed in the Training & Employee Development Office.



  • Human Resources

    Patti Watson
    Human Resource Manager

    Veronica Diaz
    Human Resources Generalist
    Room 101

    Employee Engagement & Development Division

    Joanna Clark
    Employee Engagement & Development Manager

    Recruitment, Selection, & Employment

    Jessica Lenius
    Human Resource Specialist
    Room 103

    Civil Service/Police & Fire 

    John Hardy
    Human Resource Specialist
    Room 101


    Connie Jacobsen
    Human Resources, Payroll 
    Room 101 

    Debra Hill
    Human Resources Specialist, Payroll
    Room 101 

    Employee Benefits

    Livia Martinez
    Employee Benefits Manager
    Room 101

    Cindy Chitwood
    Employee Benefits Specialist
    Room 101