Missouri City will hire Snipes as its next City Manager; Atkinson to resume role as Assistant
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 candidate unfamiliar with the city.
It’s decision proved to be a compromise.
The council voted unanimously on Wednesday night 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.
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.
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.”
He’d 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.
Missouri City has been without a full-time city manager since Ed Broussard left for Tyler in February.
For more information on this developing story, read the Fort Bend Star newspaper and fortbendstar.com.