SANTA FE, N.M. — Accepting the recommendation of Mayor Javier Gonzales, the Santa Fe City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a contract for Brian Snyder to continue serving as city manager for the next four years.
Snyder was appointed acting city manager a year ago by former mayor David Coss, following the resignation of former city manager Robert Romero.
“Congratulations, Mr. Snyder. Welcome to the city of Santa Fe,” Gonzales said after the vote. “I cannot be more hopeful for your success, and I know you have what it takes to take on the challenges. I’m looking forward to the next four years serving alongside you.”
Snyder’s new contract went into effect immediately and will pay $140,000 per year through March 12, 2018. That’s about $10,000 more per year than he was being paid. The deal also includes a vehicle allowance payable in the amount of $325 per month.
His contract also includes a three-month salary severance package provision.
According to a press release, the City Council will provide Snyder with a list of directives or goals within 30 days for Snyder to fulfill over the next year. Objectives will include “high fiscal soundness for the city, a pay equity plan for employees, and improving efficiencies of city operations.” He will also receive a performance plan that links any salary increases to his performance.
Snyder has worked for the city since 2004 in various positions, including water division engineer, water engineer supervisor, water division director and public utilities department and water division director.
A graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia, with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering with focus on water and waste water issues, Snyder has 16 years experience working as a civil engineer in both the private and public sector.