City of Steamboat Springs names new public works director
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat Springs’ new public works director is a familiar face who comes to the job with glowing endorsements from city workers who have worked alongside him in the Yampa Valley.
“You really can’t find a better guy,” former city water superintendent Joe Zimmerman said of Jon Snyder, who has worked for the city since 2005. “He’s smart. He’s a quick learner for what he does have to learn. He works well with people and other employees. I’m sure he’ll do great.”
Snyder took over Zimmerman’s job as the city’s utilities superintendent in 2014.
Before he was promoted this week, Snyder was serving as the interim public works director.
He spent nearly a decade here as a utilities engineer.
“It’s very humbling,” Snyder said Tuesday of the promotion. “That’s the number one feeling I’m getting right now.”
As public works director, Snyder will oversee some of the city’s most vital functions ranging from the bus service to water and wastewater systems.
The department includes the municipal airport, the transit system and the engineering, water, wastewater and streets divisions.
City Manager Gary Suiter said Snyder’s combination of management and leadership skills made him the top candidate for the job in a pool of 40 applicants.
“He fits right in with the management team,” Suiter said.
Snyder and the public works department are gearing up for very busy spring and summer seasons.
Projects this summer include a major overhaul of the intersection of U.S. Highway 40 and Elk River Road and some upcoming improvements to the city’s water and wastewater infrastructure.
Asked if he forsees any big changes at the department in the near future, Snyder said he plans to take his time.
“I’ve been very involved with water and sewer, and I really need to kind of take my time and get to know the other divisions better before I make any big changes,” Snyder said. “I have plans to assess everything, but no immediate plans” to make significant changes.
Snyder is very involved with the Steamboat Christian Center and served on the church’s board of directors for six years.
He earned his degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado.
Snyder is succeeding Chuck Anderson, who recently left Steamboat to serve as the deputy city manager in Great Falls, Montana.
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