Snider Interviews for RI County Administrator

Apr 25, 2018

James Snider, talking to reporters prior to a private meeting with the county board.
Credit WVIK News

After seven months without a county administrator, the Rock Island County board may choose a replacement Wednesday night. The board is scheduled to interview James Snider in closed session, and then may come into open session to vote on hiring him.

Snider says he's well aware of Rock Island County's situation.

"I think we have a good story to tell - we have a lot of dedicated people, I think we have a lot of efficiencies, we just have a lot of challenges with our revenue. I'm aware of the challenges but I'm not afraid of those things - in fact they tend to energize me."

He's has served for nearly two years as the administrator of Stephenson County, in northwest Illinois, and for a total of 21 years in local government, as a city and county administrator.

"I think one of the assets or attributes I bring to my work experience is the fact that I worked in the private sector and non-profit sector prior to working at the government level, which gives you kind of a different perspective on how those agencies relate to local government."

If he's hired, Snider would replace Dave Ross, who resigned last September to take a similar job in Florida.

A search consultant received 38 applications from 12 states for Rock Island County Administrator, and narrowed the list to 12. Then a local selection committee cut the list to six, and earlier this month interviewed two - the other finalists dropped out after accepting another job.