Ruth Lohmer

Job Title

City Planner - Long RangeRuth Lohmer

Alma Mater

Texas A&M University

Describe your job in 30 words or less.

I work with the community to establish the long-term vision for our city and work with the organization to prepare policies and codes that implement the vision.

What song best describes your workday or job?

Hard to say... best I can come up with is A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman

You started off as an intern for the City of Sugar Land. When did you intern? Which department did you intern for?

I first interned for the Community Development Department in 2000 with Karen Glynn as the director. Then in 2001, 2002 and 2003 I was the Planning Intern.

What attracted you to join the City of Sugar Land’s team?

Before my internship, I was interested in some kind of government work, but I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do. It was my internship with the Community Development Department that exposed me to city planning as a profession. After that, I knew I wanted to be a city planner, and my dream was to do it for Sugar Land.

When/how did you move in a full-time position?

After my four summers and winter breaks as an intern, I went to graduate school for planning. After graduating with my Masters of Urban Planning I worked for the City of Rosenberg for almost two years. Then I joined Sugar Land as a Planner II.

How did your internship experience prepare you for the transition to a full-time role?

I had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects and to participate in meetings with other staff members. Through the experience I learned what it meant to be a professional in a work environment, and I learned what a city planner’s day-to-day work looks like.

Ruth Lohmer during her internship days

What is your favorite part of the job?

I enjoy strategizing about the future of Sugar Land. I grew up here in Sugar Land. I consider it an honor to work for the City and to be part of developing the future of my hometown. I also love the people I work with - we truly are like a family.

What advice would you give to future City of Sugar Land interns?

Take advantage of the opportunities that you’re given during your internship to learn about different parts of the organization. You never know what might spark an interest in you. Also take time to develop relationships; they can help get you in the door in the future.