The City of Indio announced the hiring of Kevin Snyder as its new Director of Community Development. Snyder will oversee planning, building and safety, and housing activities for the largest and fastest growing city in the Coachella Valley. Among the priorities for Snyder will be completing the General Plan and Downtown Specific Plan to manage Indio’s future growth and development. Snyder’s official start date is February 19, 2019.
“I’m proud to join the City of Festivals and I plan to bring my passion and experience to help it become the most livable city in the nation,” Snyder said. “The amount of commercial, retail and housing activity in Indio is incredible, and I look forward to working with the Indio City Council, staff and community.”
Snyder brings 25 years of experience in the urban planning field, in both the public and private sectors. He previously served as Community Development Director for the cities of Fairfield; Auburn and Ridgefield, Washington; and Sedona, Arizona.
“Kevin brings an impressive track record of working in various capacities throughout California, Washington and Arizona,” City Manager Mark Scott said. “His experience and leadership will be valuable assets in achieving the long-term development goals set by the City Council.”
Snyder earned a master’s degree in urban & regional planning from Portland State University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Linfield College in Oregon.