If your city has a high number of employees nearing retirement, you’re not alone. Data from the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) suggests that significant portions of employees in many cities around the state are over age 50. In some cities, the number of employees nearing retirement is small but still represents a key part of the city's workforce.
The League strongly encourages city officials to analyze your city government workforce needs for the years ahead and to take actions that make your city an attractive employer. Competition will be intense for the workers who can fill workforce gaps left by retiring baby boomers—other local governments, state government, businesses, and nonprofits all face similar challenges.
Those who choose city government service have a unique opportunity to make an immediate, tangible, meaningful difference in the lives of Minnesotans on a daily basis. They provide essential services we all rely upon, and build the communities that make our state great. Sharing this message is a key component of attracting new people to city government and is a growing area of focus for the League.
Workforce Planning Toolkit
The League's Workforce Planning Toolkit contains information on five major steps each city should begin working on now in order to be prepared in the next few years for the upcoming labor shortage: 1) problem identification; 2) reinvention/Retooling; 3) employee recruitment efforts; 4) employee retention strategies; and 5) knowledge transfer.
With all that's on your plate, it can be easy to put off tasks related to workforce planning. League staff is here to help you take those first steps to get moving, and to answer more complex questions around what cities can and cannot do to attract and retain new workers.
Contact Laura Kushner
Director, Human Resources
(651) 281-1203 or (800) 925-1122
The League maintains a member forum (listserv) for Minnesota city officials with human resources responsibility. Learn tips, exchange ideas, and connect with your colleagues.
Learn more about workforce planning resources from Minnesota and other states:
Learn more about general workforce planning issues from these helpful web sites: