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Posted on: November 5, 2019

City Manager Anthony J. Snipes Achieves Prestigious “Credentialed Manager” Designation From ICMA

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MCTX City Manager Anthony J. Snipes recently achieved the “Credentialed Manager” designation from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) in recognition of his extensive public administration service and expertise.

To receive the prestigious classification, a member must have significant experience as a senior management executive in local government; have earned a degree, preferably in public administration or a related field; and demonstrated a commitment to high standards of integrity and to lifelong learning and professional development.

“For more than two decades, I have had the privilege and opportunity to lead in cities across the nation, working side-by-side in the public sector with residents, elected officials and stakeholders to help communities thrive in all service areas,” Snipes said. “Being a credentialed manager is integral to my ongoing efforts as a public servant and vital to my role as Chief Executive Officer of Missouri City.”

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Snipes, who was notified by ICMA of his designation on Wednesday, Oct. 30, is one of more than 1,300 local government management professionals currently credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program. He has been a member of ICMA for approximately 20 years and was recently asked to serve on the Texas City/County Management Association’s newly formed Equity Task Force.

Credentialed managers are encouraged to continue their professional development through a variety of educational activities and are required by the organization’s Code of Ethics to commit to at least 40 hours of professional development every year.

ICMA’s mission is to advance professional local government through leadership, management, innovation, and ethics and by increasing the proficiency of appointed chief administrative officers, assistant administrators, and other employees who serve local governments and regional entities around the world. The organization’s 13,000 members in 27 countries also include educators, students, and other local government employees.

In addition to being CEO of operations in Missouri City, Snipes is also National President and Board Chair on the Board of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA), a 2019 National Academy of Public Administration Fellow, a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS), Vice President of the TCMA—Region 6 Board, a board member of the Missouri City Parks Foundation and a board member of Mercer University’s College of Liberal Arts Alumni board of directors.

A veteran municipal administrator whose career spans more than 20 years, Snipes’ career spans oversight in strategic initiatives that involve budgeting and performance management, public/private partnerships and organizational development. He joined the “Show Me City” on Dec. 1, 2015, after being unanimously appointed by City Council to become the municipality’s seventh chief administrative officer. He oversees about 371 full-time employees and a combined annual budget of more than $139 million.

Before joining Missouri City, Snipes was a municipal executive in Dayton, Ohio; Fort Worth and Austin. Highlights of his leadership in the “Show Me City” include:

  • Managing the completion of the largest ever debt refunding by eliminating $79,695,000 of debt, saving the citizens $10.7 million in interest during the life of the bonds. This is the single largest transaction and savings the City’s ever managed;
  • Initiating a High Performance Organization (HPO) framework, introducing all teams to a work culture based on the decisions and leadership of employees across all levels;
  • Developing a Business Plan model strategically aligned with City Council priorities;
  • Launching a Community Walk, Talk and Drive Tour to connect first-hand with the citizens and learn about their issues of interest;
  • Managing creation of the City’s first 501c3 Missouri City Parks Foundation;
  • Launching the conceptual planning and design of an expanded City Hall complex to feature a Veteran’s Memorial, public art, a performance venue and other specialized landmarks;
  • Directing the program for the City’s first Comprehensive Plan Symposium with regional partners, including the Kinder Institute at Rice University;
  • Creating a Nuisance Abatement Team to develop the philosophy, processes and means to measure the outcomes and reporting out on code enforcement initiatives;
  • Managing, with elected officials and his team, the response to Category 4 Hurricane Harvey;
  • Directing the Financial Services Department, which has received the Government Finance Officers Association of U.S. and Canada’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for more than 30 years as well as the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report;
  • Overseeing a renewed focus on economic development/redevelopment;
  • Managing the municipality’s award-winning Quail Valley Golf Course and City Centre; and
  • Launching innovative new outreach programs including Community Night Out to further educate and engage citizens, and the Leadership NOW Symposium to provide ethics training and seminars for municipal employees from across the nation.

As he prepares to mark four years of leadership in the “Show Me City” next month, Snipes is preparing to preside over another milestone of growth and development with the groundbreaking ceremony for the future Veterans Memorial, which is slated to be constructed in the City Hall Complex.

The landmark event will be held on Monday, Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. on the City Hall Plaza located in front of the Community Center, 1522 Texas Pkwy. The project is being spearheaded by the MCPF and is the kickoff project for the placemaking initiative. “Not only will this Memorial honor those who have served our country so valiantly,” Snipes said, “it will also be a key artistic focal point of the City Hall Complex.”

To learn more about strategic priorities City Manager Snipes oversees in Missouri City, a “Platinum” Scenic City that is one of America’s BEST places to live, work, play and visit, Click Here.

For more information about Missouri City, please watch the City website: www.missouricitytx.gov, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat—@MissouriCityTX and Nextdoor, watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse) or download the MCTX Mobile app (available for free in Google Play and the Apple app store.)

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