Regional Transportation Commission's Jacob Snow in running for Henderson city manager

Jacob Snow, longtime general manager of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, could become Henderson's next city manager.

Snow's potential appointment to the $225,000-a-year position could take a step forward Tuesday when the City Council next meets. Speculation has been rampant in recent weeks that Mayor Andy Hafen pegged Snow to replace Mark Calhoun.

Hafen recently acknowledged that Snow is a close friend and that he is impressed with his abilities. The mayor is listed as the petitioner on the agenda item.

"I want to have a discussion (with council members) regarding Jacob Snow," Hafen said Wednesday. "I don't know where the votes are, but I will do everything I can to convince them he's the best candidate."

If Hafen succeeds, city staff would be told to negotiate a contract with Snow.

Hafen said the two families have known each other for years. "I've known the Snow family since elementary school or junior high," he said. "My parents knew his parents when they were growing up in southern Utah."

Hafen first met Snow when the mayor, then a councilman, was appointed as a regional transportation commissioner about a decade ago. "He is a very good and effective communicator," Hafen said.

Snow declined to comment in depth.

"What I can tell you is I'm committed to stay at the RTC," he said. "I think it would be inappropriate to talk about this. The city hasn't made an offer yet, but I do think the world of Andy Hafen."

According to the city, Snow expressed interest in the appointment and submitted his resume.

Snow has led the Regional Transportation Commission since July 1999. According to his resume, he is responsible for overseeing a $500 million budget for the roadway, transit, bicycle, pedestrian and arterial and freeway management systems in Southern Nevada.

He manages a staff of 2,300 people, including contractors.

Snow established "The Deuce" double-deck bus service along Las Vegas Boulevard and the Strip to Downtown Express rapid transit service, "the only profitable public bus transit route in North America," according to his resume.

From 1995 to 1999, he was assistant director of the Clark County Department of Aviation, where he was responsible for the planning and infrastructure development of the county's aviation system, including McCarran International Airport. He also served as the department's director of planning from 1989 to 1995.

Snow earned a bachelor's degree in geography from Brigham Young University, from which he graduated summa cum laude in 1988. He received a master's in geography and urban planning from the same university in 1991.

Both Calhoun and Mary Kay Peck, his predecessor, were city employees when they were appointed manager without a competitive search taking place.

When asked whether residents might desire a search of some kind to fill such an important position, Hafen said the City Council could choose that route.

"I'm convinced Jacob is the right person," Hafen said. "I believe he is the best candidate for this city at this time."

Contact reporter Doug McMurdo at dmcmurdo@ or 702-224-5512.


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