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O’Fallon swears in new city administrator

Michael Snowden was sworn into the city administrator position on Jan. 24.

At its Jan. 24 meeting, the O’Fallon City Council read and voted unanimously on a resolution approving the nomination of Michael Snowden for appointment to the office of city administrator. The council also authorized the execution of an employment agreement for that position.

The city’s previous administrator, David Strahl, resigned from his position on Oct. 22, 2018. O’Fallon Assistant City Administrator Lenore Toser-Aldaz had assumed Strahl’s responsibilities in the interim.

Snowden’s name and his acceptance of the administrator position was brought forth by Mayor Bill Hennessy at the 2019 State of the City address on Jan. 4. He previously served as an O’Fallon councilmember in Ward 5 from 2012 to 2013 and recently returned to the city from a job in Indiana, where he had served as the executive director of the public safety communications department since 2013.

Snowden has more than 30 years of experience in the field public safety, with the last 20 years in emergency communications. In addition, Snowden has served on multiple regional and national committees, including the training committee of the Indiana 911 Board.

New O’Fallon city administrator Michael Snowden [left] shakes hands with Mayor Bill Hennessy.

He has a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from Lindenwood University and a master’s degree in public administration from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Snowden will begin full-time employment with the city on Feb. 4.

“It is good to be home, and I’m so proud to be part of this city again, and I can’t wait to help it continue in the forward progress it’s had so far,” Snowden said at the Jan. 24 meeting. “I’m so happy to be here.”

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