Mayor Bill Hennessy and the O’Fallon City Council approved the appointment of Michael Snowden as O’Fallon’s new City Administrator tonight during a meeting of the O’Fallon City Council. The appointment of Snowden concludes a search that began late last year after the resignation of David Strahl. Snowden will officially begin his position on Monday, February 4.
Snowden comes to O’Fallon from Hamilton County, Indiana, where he served as the Executive Director of the Public Safety Communications Department since 2013. He has more than 30 years in the public safety field with the last 20 in emergency communications. In addition, Snowden has served on a variety of regional and national committees, including the training committee of the Indiana 9-1-1 Board.
Snowden also has experience in O’Fallon. He served as a city council member from 2012-2013 before resigning to take the position in Hamilton County.
“We went into this process hoping to find a candidate with significant experience but also someone who was familiar with our great City and the wonderful team we have here in O’Fallon,” said Hennessy. “I am confident that with Mike’s professional background as well as his familiarity with our City Council, staff and leadership team, he will be able to really hit the ground running.
“I am grateful to our Assistant City Administrator Lenore Toser-Aldaz for serving as our Interim City Administrator. She, along with our entire leadership team, have a wealth of expertise for Mike to lean on as he moves into this new role.”
“My wife Leisa and I are very excited to move back to O’Fallon and once again make that great City our home,” said Snowden. “To have an opportunity to return to our hometown and serve in this role is truly an honor. I am grateful to Mayor Hennessy and the entire City Council for the faith they have placed in me. Because of my experience in O’Fallon, I know what a fantastic team I will be working with, and I cannot wait to get started.”
Snowden 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.