Snyder, a city of Norwalk leadership team member since 2008, was the first public works director in the Maple City.
“It is with mixed emotions I have decided to resign from my position as Norwalk’s first public works director. I have had the pleasure of working with some of the finest contractors, consultants, employees and staff here in Norwalk amongst the three cities I have ever worked. I was able to add breadth and depth to my fields of knowledge here during my time at Norwalk,” Snyder said.
“It is with the greatest respect and appreciation I owe to the residents, mayors and council members for having me serve 11 years in the capacity of public works director. Know that I took every project and problem earnestly and gave my best effort and advice based on life experiences and sound engineering principles.”
While in Norwalk, a sampling of some of Snyder’s achievements included: Electronic utility mapping, electronic plan filing, re-organizing the former streets and parks maintenance departments, obtaining multiple grants for $1 million each in the last four years, seeing several multiple-phase projects through to fruition, helping administer the new fire station’s design and construction, assisting Norwalk’s acquisition of a secondary water source and the selection and hiring of top-notch department heads.
“I have been offered a great career opportunity in Sandusky as their assistant city engineer and will begin work for them on the 16th of May. My last day of service in Norwalk will be May 15. This reunion happens almost 20 years exactly from when I took my first position out of college with the city of Sandusky as their first traffic engineer,” said Snyder, who earned his bachelor of science in civil engineering from Tri-State University in Angola, Ind.
In Sandusky, Snyder will serve under public works director Aaron Klein, who was hired in June 2013. Previously, Snyder was the traffic engineer for 10 years. According to Sandusky city hall records, his starting salary as the assistant city engineer will be $89,544.
Snyder first started working for Norwalk under Sue Lesch’s administration.
The Norwalk public works director is a full-time, unclassified, exempt position that serves at the pleasure of the mayor, according to city hall records. Finance director Michelle Reeder said Snyder made $86,554 annually, which put him at “the top of the pay scale.”
“Josh made an incredibly positive impact on the city of Norwalk and the tremendous job he has done will be part of his legacy. We have been very honored to have Josh as part of our leadership team and Norwalk family and his presence will be greatly missed. He will always be considered not only as an outstanding former employee, but as a friend to the city. Josh’s contributions to our community will be enjoyed by generations to come,” Mayor Rob Duncan said.
“Although we would love to keep Josh in Norwalk, we understand what a great career opportunity he has in his new position and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors,” he added. “We are posting the position and will strive to find in the new public works director a person to add to our team that will build on Josh’s success and continue to strengthen and enhance our wonderful community.”