Richmond set to hire city manager

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Laura Snideman is set to become Richmond's new city manager in 2020.

Richmond City Council is set to hire Laura Snideman, current assistant city manager of Fairfield, to a three-year contract as the city manager of Richmond.

The council is expected to vote on Snideman’s contract at its meeting Tuesday.

Snideman, who has served in her role in Fairfield for over five years, was selected for the chief administrative post in Richmond following a search that included interviews by members of both the council and the community. Prior to her work in Fairfield, she’s served as city manager of Half Moon Bay, as executive officer at the Local Agency Formation Commission of Napa County, as economic development manager of the City of San Mateo, and as economic development director of the City of San Carlos.

Snideman is set to replace Richmond Interim City Manager Steve Falk, who accepted the role on a temporary basis in August following the firing of former City Manager Carlos Martinez. Martinez departed after less than a year amid a dispute with the city’s labor unions.

The proposed contract with Snideman has her starting as city manager on Jan. 27 with an initial base salary of $255,000 annually, or about $342,868 total compensation.

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