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Sedona Fills Community Development Director Vacancy

City of Sedona hires new Community Development Director

City of Sedona hires new Community Development Director

Sedona AZ (February 6, 2013) – The City of Sedona announced the hiring of Kevin Snyder, who will join the City staff in March 2013, as the new Community Development Director. Snyder’s base salary will be $98,000 with a city benefit package that provides health, dental and vision.

In his new position, Snyder will lead the City’s Community Development Department to work closely with the general public and development community, and provide information and direction on the Community Plan, municipal code, land use policies, and statewide planning goals.

“Kevin did an outstanding job during an extensive interview process and was highly ranked by two separate panels,” reported Tim Ernster, City Manager. “I am very pleased that Kevin is joining the City of Sedona.”

Snyder comes to Sedona from the City of Auburn, Washington, where he was the Planning and Development Director. He has a background of over twenty years of experience in the public and private sectors, is knowledgeable in land use, transportation and environmental planning, community development, economic development, municipal finance and public policy development and implementation.

Snyder’s professional history includes working in Vancouver, Washington, where he was the Director of Planning Services and a principal planner for the consulting firm of Maul Foster and Alongi. Among other assignments, Snyder was responsible for project management for both public and private sector projects.

He also worked for two years as the director of a newly formed community development department for the City of Ridgefield, Washington, and was the first current planning manager for the City of Spokane Valley, Washington. He also served as a senior planner for the cities of Beaverton, Oregon, and Battle Ground, Washington.

With a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Linfield College, Oregon, a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University with certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners, Snyder is also a member of the American Planning Association.

Snyder was hired to replace the retired Community Development Director, John O’Brien. For the past nine months, the department has been effectively managed by Assistant Director of Community Development, Audree Juhlin.


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  1. Ted says:

    Congratulations to Mr Snyder for accepting the briefcase and now comes to the hard part of trying to look busy.

  2. Warren says:

    Another unbelievable salary and bennies package. Another example of why the City is looking for “new revenue sources.”

  3. Justin says:

    We have volunteers and volunteers and volunteers and a paid volunteer.

    What need is there for this position?

  4. Glenn says:

    All I can say is people keep voting these idiots in so there is really nothing to complain about.

  5. Phil says:

    Useless to try and get this council to sit up and notice a savings when it hits them across the pocketbook. They could have quieted all the hubbub of being loosey goosey with the budget/taxes by showing they’d eliminated this position or at least halved the salary. a$$$$e$$$ Who justified this rather than letting it attrition? Cost chicken feed to live here compared to where this fellow can from.

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