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Former Planning Director returning to Auburn to head reorganized Planning and Public Works Department

Kevin SnyderKevin Snyder, former Auburn Planning Director, will be returning to Auburn in January 2014 to assume a similar, but expanded role. Mayor Pete Lewis and Mayor-elect Nancy Backus worked together to combine the Planning and Public Works departments in order create greater efficiencies in the community development and engineering infrastructure.

“We are entering an era in Auburn of major development and re-development,” said Mayor Pete Lewis. “It is imperative we have business practice in place to respond to this growth to ensure it is successful.”

The newly formed department will be called Community Development and Public Works and will be overseen by Snyder. The department will now have three assistant directors – Jeff Tate, Assistant Director of Community Development; Dennis Dowdy; Assistant Director of Public Works; and Jacob Sweeting, Assistant Director of Engineering.

“Kevin has the proven skill set and experience to lead this multifaceted group,” said Lewis.

Snyder originally came to Auburn in September 2008 to be the assistant planning director and was promoted to Director in 2010. He is returning to Auburn from Sedona, Ariz. where he has been the Community Development Director since February.

“While I’ve enjoyed my time in Sedona, accepting this opportunity to lead Auburn into its future is a something I couldn’t pass up,” Snyder remarked. “My roots are in the Northwest and I am excited to return to Auburn.”

Snyder has more than 20 years of planning experience, is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners, and is a member of the American Planning Association’s, National, Washington and Oregon Chapters.

Before coming to Auburn, Snyder worked in Vancouver, Wash., where he was the director of planning services and principal planner for the consulting firm of Maul Foster and Alongi, Inc., starting the firm’s first corporate business line of service, overseeing corporate operations, business and management, and project management for public and private sector projects. He also worked for two years as the director of the newly formed community development department for the City of Ridgefield, Wash., was the first current planning manager for the newly incorporated City of Spokane Valley and served as senior planner for the cities of Beaverton, Ore. and Battle Ground, Wash.

He received his bachelor of arts in political science from Linfield College, and his masters in urban and regional planning from Portland State University.

“I’m thrilled to be coming into a leadership group as strong as this,” stated Mayor-elect Nancy Backus. “We have great things ahead of us and we are now poised to meet these opportunities from a strong business foundation.”

The reorganized department’s functions will begin immediately.