Missouri City hires Snipes as new City Manager
By Michael Sudhalter
With two finalists for the City Manager position, the Missouri City city council had a clear choice – go with a known quantity, or hire a new candidate.
It’s decision proved to be a compromise.
The council voted unanimously to hire former Austin Assistant City Manager Anthony Snipes, but Interim City Manager Bill Atkinson will return to Assistant City Manager – a position he’s held since 2007.
Snipes, who will start on Dec. 1, will be Missouri City’s seventh City Manager and its first African-American City Manager.
Snipes, who will earn an annual salary of $185,000, has more than two decades of public service experience, including budgeting, performance management, public/private partnerships and organizational development.
Last month, the Council was split 3-3 between Snipes and Atkinson, with first-year council member Anthony Maroulis
voting for Murphy city manager James Fisher.
Maroulis was believed to hold the final say in the outcome of the next city manager.
However, Mayor Allen Owen, and council members Maroulis, Jerry Wyatt and Floyd Emery joined council members Don Smith, Chris Preston and Yolanda Ford in supporting Snipes in the final vote.
Snipes, who had previously worked in Fort Worth and Dayton, Ohio, resigned from Austin in May (effective in August), according to KXAN News Austin, after “organizing a controversial training session.”
“To avoid the undesirable perceptions being credited to the City of Austin, I took responsibility for inviting the speaker and chose to resign my position as Assistant City Manager,” Snipes said.
Snipes had worked for the City of Austin since June 2008 was one of the city’s five assistant city managers since 2012.
According to the article, Austin city leaders said one of the guest speakers at the event “suggested women ask too many questions, do not like to deal with finances and should be spoken to differently than men.”
Through an investigation, the City of Austin determined that Snipes should have done a more thorough job of vetting the guest speakers.
Despite initially voting for Atkinson, Owen issued a statement on Monday night in support of the new City Manager.
“Anthony is a great choice for the position, and City Council is excited he accepted the invitation to continue our strong legacy of leadership,” Owen said.
Snipes, who has a Master’s Degree from Florida State University, will oversee 338 employees and manage a budget of more than $105 million.
Missouri City has been without a full-time city manager since Ed Broussard left for Tyler in February.